Mobility

Man burns down real life trailer in retaliation for online spat


According to Yahoo! News, a Navy man who got mad for being mocked as a nerd in an Internet flame war climbed into his car and drove 1,300 miles from Virginia to Texas. On arrival, he burnt down the trailer of his antagonist.

In a gripping sequence of events, Russell Tavares, who works as a weapons systems operator, posted photos online along the way. The photos showed the welcome signs at various states' borders, to prove that he meant business.

Upon arriving at Elm Mott, he posted one last photo of a "Welcome to Texas" sign before throwing a gasoline-soaked piece of plastic foam into the back of the victim John G. Anderson's mobile home and lighting a flare. Anderson suffered $50,000 of damage to his trailer and computer equipment as well as suffering smoke inhalation trying to put out the blaze.

For that, Tavares, age 27, was sentenced to seven years in prison just last week after pleading no contest to arson and admitting he set the blaze.

Now, here comes the interesting part. According to Man burns down trailer in online feud:

James Pack, an investigator with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, caught up with Tavares after talking to people in several states and Spain who had been involved in the online feud. Tavares' cell phone records showed he was in the Waco area at the time of the fire, Pack said.

Yup, that's right. Most people are not aware of this, but one's movement can be easily tracked by your mobile operator as your mobile phone transparently switches over from one transmitting mast to the next. In fact, depending on mobile phone functionality and operator support, you can actually see the assigned name of the transmitter that you are currently connected to.

So, lesson of the day is: If you are planning a heist or illegal activities of any kind, keep you mobile phone at home - or at least turn it off! Just how much do you think your mobile phone operator knows about you?

About

Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

22 comments
Scott R.
Scott R.

I think what we're reading here is just the beginning, as more and more people (including idiots like this guy) become "Internet aware". BTW, speaking of transmitters, I'm using a 3125 Smartphone. I've heard there is 3rd-party software that will report the transmitter currently connected to and possibly do some other things. Can someone point me in the right direction for this software?

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

why else would someone drive 1300 miles and give up their career and life for simple revenge for 'bad words'?

Absolutely
Absolutely

Definitely not attention deficit disorder.

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

was wearing diapers like the astronaut? (I don't know whether that's scary or funny :)

Tig2
Tig2

People are tending to extremes. Just look at some of the new folk here, lately.

maecuff
maecuff

He would have been distracted along the way by the World's Largest and forgotten why he left in the first place. I know this is true, I'm married to the King of ADD.

maecuff
maecuff

that goes beyond 'anger issues'. What a tool.

Shellbot
Shellbot

i love the word tool...haven't used it in ages..must find someone whos annoying me and bring it back into my vocabulary

Tig2
Tig2

I have been using the tried and true WATB on the partner for some time. He seems to be responding but it is always good to have a "spare" ready and waiting.

Tig2
Tig2

I have been trying to AVOID that sentence all week. Some days are good. others, not so much. The Pink Ribbon Brigade has started again. I will convert you all! BWhahaha... Wow. too much of a guy thing for me. Got any deals on shovels?

maecuff
maecuff

My new favorite: "Why don't you run outside and play hide and go f*ck yourself." Okay, so there isn't a tool anywhere in that sentence. It's still good. Ooooh...and this, I've been calling my husband a wank stain lately and I have found that to be very satisfying.

Shellbot
Shellbot

I already had deep respect for you, but that one post had just doubled it. Your a role model for the next generation of women everywhere... I will use this sentence in every instance that i possibly can.

maecuff
maecuff

doesn't it? Try to use this sentence as often as possible: "And you're just the tool for the job."

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

After all from those every American just lives to get even and can do nothing else. :D Col ]:)

Shellbot
Shellbot

some people are just a wee bit mental .. dunno, maybe its genetics...maybe its pesticide use..maybe its too much Sesame Street as a kid..

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Is that going to be the new scapegoat? "your honor, I am warped because of Sesame Street" (judge) "Not Guilty by reason of Sesame Street abuse" :^0 :^0 LOL too funny!

Shellbot
Shellbot

of the number 6... and that Big Bird fella..whats the real story behind him and Mr Snuffelufugus ????????????

IC-IT
IC-IT

I blame it on a case of Oscar to the extreme.

Don Ticulate
Don Ticulate

the Letter A, number 6 have much to answer for!

paulmah
paulmah

Just how much do you think your mobile phone operator knows about you?

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

After all the Singapore Government makes a very nice living out of making sure that it's citizens are doing absolutely nothing that can be in any way construed as Anti Government. Mind you with the upgrade to the Anti Terror Laws that are coming soon to AU things will be no better here either. :( Col

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