Kaitlin Armstrong Captured in Costa Rica & Will Face First-Degree Murder Charges for Moriah Wilson's Death

Jun 30, 2022
by Alicia Leggett  

Kaitlin Armstrong, wanted in connection with Moriah Wilson's murder, has been apprehended in Costa Rica and is now in police custody.

U.S. Marshals confirmed to our sister site VeloNews that Armstrong was captured June 29 at a hostel on Santa Teresa Beach in Provincia de Puntarenas. An arrest warrant was first issued in connection with the killing May 17, six days after the crime, and Armstrong was last seen May 18 in Newark, New Jersey. Previously, she had been arrested on an old warrant and questioned by police May 12, but was released when police discovered a birth date discrepancy in their system.

Armstrong was said to have flown from New Jersey to Costa Rica May 18 using a fake passport. She is also reported to have undergone plastic surgery.

The latest case developments occurred last week, when Armstrong's vehicle was located at a dealership in Austin, Texas, where she had sold it before fleeing the state. An anonymous donor contributed $15,000 as a reward for any information leading to Armstrong's arrest, in addition to the $5,000 already offered by the U.S. Marshals Service and $1,000 offered by the Capital Area Crime Stoppers.

Once back in the United States, Armstrong will be charged with several crimes, including the federal crime of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and first-degree murder, which is a capital crime in Texas and punishable with the death penalty.

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  • 453 27
 And no charges to Colin Strickland??? "Hmmm lemme buy a gun for my very mentally-unstable-GF who can't legally purchase one while i'm cheating on her with another girl - what could go wrong?"
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 Underacknoledged comment bro; that Strickland dude has pretty strong PoS credentials.
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 Buying a gun for someone who is prohibited by law from possessing one or for someone who does not want his or her name associated with the transaction is a "straw purchase."

An illegal firearm purchase (straw purchase) is a federal crime.
An illegal firearm purchase can bring a felony conviction sentence of ten years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.

He should be charged and tried.
This ain't over yet.
  • 54 1
 This is why he was dropped by all his sponsors
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flag cmi85 (Jun 30, 2022 at 14:14) (Below Threshold)
 That story doesn't even make sense....
  • 28 1
 @cmi85: it’s exactly what happened lol
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 Why wasn't she legally able to purchase a gun? I haven't seen any mention of this subject to date. Is she a previous felon or something?
  • 28 3
 @Augustus-G: According to the GAO, in 2017 there were 8.7M NICS checks for gun purchases, 112,090 denials (form 4473 filled out saying "I'm allowed to buy a gun" but the background check finding you are prohibited at federal or state level), 12,710 were investigated, and 12 were prosecuted.

Unlikely that anything will happen on that front.

Related: Where are yall seeing that Strickland did a straw purchase for Armstrong? Was she prohibited from owning a firearm? I didn't see anything indicating she wouldn't pass a background check in the original article on this.
  • 57 56
 Isn't that how it works in America?
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 @Augustus-G: I haven't gotten the impression from anything I've read that this was a straw purchase or that she was prohibited from owning a gun. Clearly she shouldn't own a gun, but that's different than saying she couldn't.

I'm pretty sure they bought the guns together, and that she'd have had to have passed a background check according to whatever Texas allows. He bought it for her in the sense that it was a gift, not in the sense that it was a straw purchase.

Having said that, f*ck Colin Strickland, f*ck guns, f*ck Texas.
  • 67 28
 @BrambleLee: Any gun store in the US has to run the same federal check on someone buying a gun, but don't let that stop you from spouting off....
  • 84 57
 Guns have more rights than people. It's the gun's right to be purchased by a douchebag and used by a psycopath..../s
  • 6 3
 In California there is a symbol on your driver's license or 'Federal Limits Apply' message on REAL IDs that tells gun sellers they shouldn't hook you up with a piece. Is that not the way in other states?
  • 47 2
 @matadorCE: this is why we need to ban douchebags
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 @texag: If he answered "Yes" to Section 21 a. on the 4473 and purchased it on her behalf he committed a crime. There's a very explicit warning right under the question.

Here's the exact verabge:
Are you the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm(s) listed on this form and any continuation sheet(s) (ATF Form 5300.9A)? Warning: You are not the actual transferee/buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual transferee/buyer, the licensee cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.

Do a Google search and you'll get dozens of articles about him purchasing the firearm for her.
A small excerpt from one of many...

"A gun recovered after the murder of a professional cyclist has "significant" potential to be the same weapon a boyfriend bought months earlier for the woman accused of the killing, police said."
  • 98 64
I'm pretty sure you're assigned an AR-15 at birth in the US. It comes home with you out if the hospital.
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flag StumpHumper45 (Jun 30, 2022 at 16:18) (Below Threshold)
 @skimtb1: hahahaha all while carrying out the most influential American children’s storybook entitled, “bUt DaDdY, It’S mY rIgHt To BeAr ArMs!”
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 @SterlingArcher: he bought a gun and gave it to the girl he's cheating ON?

And I'm the one getting downvoted ...
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 The american dream
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 @Augustus-G: cross your fingers but don't hold your breath, straw purchases are rarely prosecuted. It's a law already on the books that could have a really powerful positive impact on reducing gun violence that just doesn't get used; instead everyone fights the losing battle of trying to introduce new laws
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flag plyawn (Jun 30, 2022 at 18:30) (Below Threshold)
 @texag: when you can buy anything you want at a flea market it's not the lawful store purchases or even the illegal straw purchases that make the difference anyways.
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 @Augustus-G: "Buying a gun for someone who is prohibited by law from possessing one or for someone who does not want his or her name associated with the transaction is a straw purchase"
Unless you are sending them to the drug cartels in Mexico....Then it's oK!!
  • 7 1
 @plyawn: there have been a lot of shootings in my area carried out by teens making deals over social media apps. Last time I got called to jury duty the trial I was in selection for was a 16 year old arrested for attempted murder with a pistol.

Straw purchases for someone that would fail a NICS check are a big issue in some areas. When I was a cop the detectives would talk about all the pawn shop gun sales of shitty pistols to a group of young women with no criminal history.
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 @Augustus-G: Did I miss the part where she was prohibited from possessing a firearm?

Sorry... just read further down the thread.
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 @SterlingArcher: Was he dropped by all of them, though? I'm still seeing him being flaunted here: www.redbull.com/us-en/athlete/colin-strickland
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 @cmi85: how are they going to prove it? cant he just claim she stole his gun?
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 @matadorCE: And guns dont kill people ...
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 @BentonFraser: I've got this in my head now... www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICG0MuzEYzw
  • 3 1
 I guess this will be more a civil law thing than a criminal law thing. The family can still press charges and ask for compensation. Jail time will not happen if he didn't actually brake any law.
  • 4 2
 When he won Dirty Kanza (unbound) it was pretty common knowledge he was doped to the gills. Also he had an affair with racer Tristan Uhls girlfriend Sammy (also a racer) so dude clearly a quality individual.
  • 1 0
 Armstrong may try to take Strickland down now that she is trapped... if not with legal stuff then in the court of public opinion. I have a feeling he's gonna take more hits.
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 @texag: lol that check is a comical joke.
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flag bmied31 FL (Jul 1, 2022 at 9:12) (Below Threshold)
 @matadorCE: Guns don't have any rights....they are an inanimate object. People do have a right to clearly buy a gun as laid out in the constitution of the united states and unless an amendment is created that shall not be infringed without due process.
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 @cmi85: yes, and she killed his other GF with it. What part is confusing for you? Lol
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 @OnTheRivet: Source?

Not that I am challenging you. I find that sort of thing fascinating. As an afficianado of the human body, reading about how people "dope" helps me learn how racing clean can be improved.
  • 7 4
 @bmied31: is this some next level irony I’m not aware of? Or did you actually think he was serious when said “guns have rights” LOL
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 @SterlingArcher: sadly in today's society I hear crazy and crazier shit from peoples mouths ever day. Pretty sure a few weeks ago I heard how an Elephant in New York was supposed to have human rights under the constitution.
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 @bmied31: tell me you're an ammosexual without telling me
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 @BentonFraser: people kill people.
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 @Augustus-G: Yeah charging/finding the murder is step 1. I'm sure they will go after Colin soon.
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 @tellend: nothing “works” in America. You are aren’t getting f*cked as hard.
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 @tomtom4044: Only if it was a 100% Gift. If she compensated him in any amount it constitutes a Straw Purchase.
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 @plyawn: It's all about who's money it was and that's why these are so hard to prosecute.
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 @GZMS: There is no need to say she stole his gun. He already said he bought it for her. It is perfectly legal to give a gun as a gift to someone who is not prohibited from owning. There is no gun registry, only the FFL has a record of the transaction. The background check (state police) retains no information related to the particular firearm.
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You and all your 2A brethren (and the joke that is the supreme court) really need to learn how to read a full sentence.
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 @dontcoast: Yea? That is a right too. You just made it clear you don't understand what that phrase means. We have the right to form a militia. Well regulated in the time of the creation of the constitution simply met whatever was being described was efficient, ran well, and could complete it's task. Not that is was regulated by some greater power like the Government. That would literally go against what the founding fathers were going for.

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 @matadorCE: And now we are just making up words...I have a gun and I am pro 2nd Amendment. So?
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 And the militias were to protect the rich and track down runaway slaves, primarily. Nothing much has changed.
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 @dontcoast: and you know…fight off the British?
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 @skimtb1: Incorrect, they issue it to the father upon conception.
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 @bmied31: Constitution came along after the Brits got the boot and Amendment #2 came along with the Bill of Rights in 1791.
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 @suspended-flesh: I’m aware…hence why a militia was deemed important enough to be included.
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 @rideone62: with guns usually (in the US at least, the rest of the world not so much thanks to gun control)
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 @bmied31: nah, by then the zbrutish had realised America had been a money pit, too much effort had they set their sights on India and the like.

You Americans think us Brits care about your independence but really that war is a tiny blip in the long history of the British Empire.

We went on to (wrongly) exploit and commit atrocities pretty much everywhere else in the world in the name of the King/Queen/Britishness and left you to you own devices.

Learn some actual history and not just the US-centric stuff but about the rest of the world.
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 @Madtho: knowing full well that he will give it to his child as there’s no chance of an abortion nowadays
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 @CustardCountry: I agree with your historical perspective above , but just wanted to clarify that many, many States will not comply with the recent anti-women Christian-Right SCROTUS ruling.
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 @CustardCountry: that is true, but if the US wouldn’t have put up a resistance they wouldn’t have left. That doesn’t change the desire for a militia lol
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flag Baller7756 (Jul 1, 2022 at 17:27) (Below Threshold)
 @suspended-flesh: This thread is literally about a murder. The entirety of humanity (no matter which religion) agrees that murder is wrong. All human life is to be preserved, protected, and defended.
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 @bmied31: i bet you wisper all types of sweet nothings to your gun before going to sleep. And the bullets? I dont even want to know what you do with those...
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 @matadorCE: that be pretty weird. Where do you come up with this stuff. Apparently simply owning a gun makes you a nut job
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 @bmied31: I'm a Green Party nut-job and am very much looking forward to buying a new pump action shhotgun
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Good for you, weird a basic protected right has become a party based issue…
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 @bmied31: your talking about abortions right?
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 @bmied31: True, I'm just using myself as an example that gun ownership is not an issue that is always defined by party lines or political leanings. Reasonable guns in the hands of reasonable people are not the problem but I believe that a combination of untreated mental health issues and easy access to battlefield-level assault weapons lead to mass shootings in the US.
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 @suspended-flesh: agreed there ain’t one solution. I support reasonable restrictions on guns but the mental health of this nation is a major concern and should be a key factor in the fight for better healthcare
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flag JosephDunbar (Jul 2, 2022 at 19:32) (Below Threshold)
 You fucking troll. No straw purchase and no evidence of a straw purchase. What a piece of shit you are for being a liar. You should apply for a job as a researcher for cnn
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That’s not what the “federal limits apply” was originally for. What happened was that California was handing out IDs like candy - everyone could get them, even illegals. So in order for a CA ID to be recognized by other states and the federal government, it needed to be a “real ID”. So yes, you need a real ID to buy a gun in CA, but only because the state watered down normal IDs so much that they essentially became meaningless in the eyes of the feds.
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 @boopiejones: OK - I've seen the notation prevent a gun sale.

BTW She got busted by "her yoga obsession":

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Correct that you can’t buy a gun in CA with a “federal limits apply” ID, but weeding out responsible gun owners is not the purpose of the Real ID. With a “federal limits” ID, you can’t do anything regulated by the federal government… can’t even board a domestic airline flight or enter a federal building. Here’s more details: www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/driver-licenses-identification-cards/real-id/what-is-real-id
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 @boopiejones: Interesting - thanks
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 They were using him as bait.. They will go after him now that she is in custody.
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 @texag: firstly it's not the same background check in every state, some use NICS, some use the an FBI cooperative database and some states have their own regulatory groups. Secondly background checks are not and have not been required for firearm purchases at gun shows and for transfers between individuals. Before anyone suggests that's insignificant, a ton of guns are sold at gun shows, almost 2 million a year. I'm not trying to be rude, but this story is just one of many many examples that clearly demonstrate how ridiculously ineffective our gun laws are. Also, here's a source for the number of guns sold at gun shows, the other regulatory stuff is just a Google away as well.

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 @IamtheNIGHTRIDER: Yes, private sales (non-profit) do not require a background check. But that has nothing to do with gun shows where 99% of vendors are FFLs who have rented floor space. The other 1% who do not have an FFL (primarily collectors), have the state police set up to provide background check services.

It is illegal for a private seller to sell to someone who is prohibited from possession, or to someone from another state. Why would anyone take that risk (particularly at a show with police and ATF everywhere), when the background check service is available at the show and only costs a few bucks and a few minutes? It’s in the sellers best interest, and it is a sellers market at a gun show.
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 @Baller7756: I'm not trying to dispute anything you've said, but I would strongly recommend you read the paper I linked in the comment. I really don't want to make anyone feel alienated for opposing gun regulations, I do understand how big a part of life guns are for a lot of people. I grew up in upstate SC and hunting/target shooting was part of growing up. I've just watched this argument further divide folks year after year, and it's sad because the data is out there but it gets warped or just flat ignored in favor of anecdotes about the founding fathers and good guys with guns.
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 @IamtheNIGHTRIDER: Thanks for this level headed comment. The nations view on guns really needs to change. I'm a pretty right leaning conservative in most ways, I have a gun, and believe the right to ownership is a good thing, but the problem is the mental health of this nation, the ease of access, and the power of weapons today are insane. The founding fathers never imagined an unstable 20 year old getting a hold of a gun that can fire off 50 rounds in a matter of seconds.

I'm deeply conflicted on what to be done, I think the reason for the 2nd was well intended and I still think it's needed to hold a Government accountable to it's people, but at this point, there is no chance the population could stand up to the modern military of the US. At the time of the founding, the weapons the farmer had were no different than the organized military. That simply isn't true anymore. The constitution was designed to be a living document, and it may be time for adjustment.

I simply cannot comprehend why outside of a military/swat type setting anyone in the US needs something that can hold more than 12 rounds. I also think there should essentially be a title on a gun the same way a car is and require a license that was obtained after training and education just like owning a car. I understand owning a car isn't a protected right, but something has to change on multiple fronts. DNC blames guns, GOP blames culture, the reality is it's both, we need to limit guns, fix a culture that is raising kids who don't value life, and have better red flag laws, at schools we should have armed guards etc. There is not one solution as much as people want you to believe, there are many fronts we needs to address this issue.
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 @bmied31: So you have a solution for guns (limit mag capacity). What’s you solution for the culture? Seems we didn’t have such a problem until recent (with mass shootings… and yes I know the definition has recently changed). Guns and humans have gotten along fine until this influx of unstable people (particularly young males). What has changed?

On the limited capacity mags… it only takes 2 seconds to change a mag. The lower capacity also lowers weight and improves maneuverability.
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Exactly. Guns technology hasn’t changed for more than half a century. The AR15 has been around since the 1950’s and semiautomatic rifles and handguns have both been around since the late 1800’s.

What absolutely has changed is our mental health. Personally I feel that is due to a combination of factors: not properly identifying mental health, relying on pills instead of real treatment, etc. i also feel that the internet has caused a lot of this… people are less social due to so much of their life being performed online and much quicker to jump to conclusions in real life.
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 @Baller7756: I don't think the limited mags is the main solution, but I think it will help along with some of the other proposals I had. There is not a single solution to gun control, but I think that is just one thing that will minimize damage/death. You are right it only takes a couple seconds to swap mags, but depending on the situation, a couple seconds can be a lot of time. I don't see the lower weight and maneuverability benefits outweighing less rounds per mag.

Regarding the culture, that is much harder. I can tell you what I believe the problems are but cultural problems come down to the people of the nation. The Government has little control over the culture and if it tries to get too involved it often oversteps what a government is supposed to do.

In terms of problems, it a loss of a common set morals and cultural standards the nation shares as a whole. Single parenthood is a major problem. You can look at almost every single mass shooter situation and a common denominator is single parent or lack of stable household/family.

Social media I personally believe is the single biggest cause of the problem. Bullying in kids used to just be a thing that happened in school or at parties (in person) now it's a relentless pain for some kids because it follows them home on social media and rumors/lies/hate spreads like wildfire and thats just for kids. Their is an obvious link between widespread social media usage/kids having 24/7 internet access via smartphones and the rise in mass shootings, suicides, etc.

Beyond that, social media effect on society has driven division thanks to the echo chambers it creates and the anonoyminitty behind a screen name. People say awful things to each other, threats, hate, that they would never say face to face to a real person. Civil conversations on the internet are rare, in person they are the norm.

Because people can't have civil conersations anymore they are forced into echo chambers of people who agree with them. The division in this nation is getting to a point I don't believe we can recover from. We have reached a point where we are being taught to treat our neighbors that have a different view on topic then us as the enemy and not fellow country man (at least thats what 24/7 news and social media leave you to believe, for most people I don't think it's bad as people make it out to believe, but the loudest and most radical people are the ones most easily heard.

So regarding the culture, I know what I think needs to be fixed, but there isn't some law or something the Government can really do to heal that. It comes down to the soul of the nation if we can come together on the things we have in common, or if we are going to let our differences tear apart. At the moment it seems more like the latter.
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flag shorttravelmag (Jul 6, 2022 at 9:46) (Below Threshold)
 @bmied31: I bet many of the shooters are drug users as well. Not OTC, but marijuana and up. As more states push legalization, more people are high more often, and over time, I can't believe that's good for mental stability and whatnot. I'm talking out my ass, as I've never used drugs and don't even drink alcohol, but many smarter people than me on the subject seem to see a correlation. That's my theory.
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 @shorttravelmag: I haven't seen that being a correlation, but it could be. I don't believe marijuana is a cause unless you are looking at it like a gateway drug. To me alcohol and marijuana are essentially in the same category. Beyond that though, I do think drug use is a problem, but not the cause, just the result of the things I mentioned above, such as crumbling moral standards, single parent households etc (to be clear, I'm not ragging on single parents, I know there are tons that do an amazing job and work their asses of to raise kids and provide for them, but that often is not the case and data shows its a major factor in criminal behavior, gang, violence, mental health issues, etc.

We have become a nation of hedonist, short term pleasure and happiness above all else. If it makes you happy or feel good, it must be right, and unforatntely that is just not how a functional society works.
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 @boopiejones: bingo, you are dead on. The guns arn't the issue, but contibute to the problem. The mental health of the nation is the key to the problem and it's the thing that has changed in the last 30 years, as you said driven by social media/24/7 internet connected life.
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 @shorttravelmag: Just a general unscientific observation: people high on weed generally have zero interest in touching a weapon of any kind. Violence is a total buzzkill.
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 @suspended-flesh: concur, outside of being a possible "gateway" drug (don't know if I even believe that), It most cases (unless laced with some shit) it's no worse then alcohol.
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 @bmied31: I am not a big fan of weed, personally speaking, but alcohol is by far the worst legal drug out there. Direct correlation with aggression and violence. Add a gun and it's on....
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 @suspended-flesh: yea in that sense, no doubt, angry stoned people are unusual. Angry drunks is a common occurrence.
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 @bmied31: Bang on, couldn’t have said it better myself. There needs to be a recalibration of social media… what it’s intended for, how it’s accessed, how it’s used, how it’s monitored. At a minimum to start, no-one under 18 should be able to open a social media account without parental approval. To follow that, there should be constant warnings of the dangers and impacts of social media… on social media and in general media, and in general conversation. Other media as well as social media need to be responsible and held accountable (like tobacco and alcohol companies). We have a dangerous product that is intended for mature and mentally healthy people.

As someone pointed out earlier, guns including “high powered”, “high capacity” ones have been around for quite some time, with easier access than now. The division, hate, and irresponsibility provided by these platforms drive people to extreme positions, and sometimes extreme actions.
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 @Baller7756: "The future looked better before", as they say, but the horse has left the barn.
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 Fake passport, plastic surgery? This woman wasn't playing and definitely knew that there was no way back. But fleeing to Costa Rica? LMAO
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 Not so pura vida, mae...
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lol, nice one... muy vida impura
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 @ticoslayer: pura karen vida lmao
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 Here’s the thing, I’m not saying she did it, but for sure she did a lot of things a person who did it would do.
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 No kidding... Costa Rica is more American than costa rican in some places these days. And a hostel in Santa Teresa? She couldn't find a more touristy spot if she tried! Maybe hiding in plain sight??
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 @islandforlife: she might as well be in Vegas lol
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 @islandforlife: US education system at work. "I'll find an exotic place where no one will find me...Costa Rica, that's the ticket!!"
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 Belize that
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 If y'all read some of the other comments here, it seems the choice of Costa Rica was neither random, nor dumb. Who knew I'd learn about the extradition agreement between CR and US from pinkbike comments, but here we are. Looks like a good way to avoid death penalty and/or a life sentence.
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 @bananowy: They'll turn her over no questions asked. She should have gone next door to Nicaragua instead.
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 Another article I read said she had a bandage over her nose due to a surfboard accident. She also cut her hair and colored it. So not plastic surgery but she was definitely trying to enjoy her new life.
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 @matadorCE: Yeah I guess... someone else said in this case they could deport instead of extradite so you may as well be right.
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 @bananowy: CR has nothing to gain from keeping her from being sent back, specially since she's not their citizen. Just a criminal on the run.
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 @SterlingArcher: The storm drain system under Vegas would be a better place to disappear. Just watch out for the documentary teams that roll through from time to time.
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 @islandforlife: hence why she went there, even on the run, couldn't give up a safe country with the usual creature comforts....most criminals are idiots.
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 I find a little bit of Joy knowing that she went through the pain of plastic surgery only to be caught a few days later.
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 Such a sad and crazy story.
  • 61 1
 Those Armstrongs don't go down without a fight!
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 Amen, son.
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 Nothing says innocent like fleeing the country
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 And getting plastic surgery and a fake passport lol
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 @SterlingArcher: the tripple whammy of innocence lol
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 @SterlingArcher: how does one acquire a fake passport that can actually get through an airport these days?
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 @cmi85: @cmi85: I saw in the news reports that they suspected that she had exchanged passports/identity with her sister.
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 Going by the track record of the US incarceration system, being innocent might not help you all that much. So fleeing could actually be the better alternative. Being very rich is the best option, regardless of innocence. Obviously.
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 She'll probably claim that she didn't flee but went to CR because she wasn't happy with her nose and plastic surgery is cheap (and I think the surgeons have a good reputation too). It's just a coincidence that the trip was planned around the same time as her boyfriend's girlfriend was shot. Not sure how she explains the passport though...
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 @Ttimer - there's lot's wrong with our legal system, and some sensational wrongful convictions make it into the media, but it's still REALLY rare to be wrongfully convicted of something like murder here. Being innocent is by far the best way to stay out of trouble, even more so if you're a pretty white girl. Now if you're actually guilty, then you're right, the best thing to be is white and rich.
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flag OnTheRivet (Jul 1, 2022 at 7:37) (Below Threshold)
 @Ttimer: Hitler.
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 @OnTheRivet: dude, what the hell?
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 Sad. 3 lives and 3 careers ruined.
  • 45 2
 Nah, let’s be clear here. Two lives ruined, and one more than ruined. Tragically ended.
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 Why should I care about the murderers life or the straw purchaser.
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 @Henary: While they have done horrible things, they did have the potential to do great things with their lives and to improve the lives of others. Instead, they have ended 1 life, ruined their own lives and negatively affected many many more lives.
  • 36 1
 Killing someone else because your partner has chosen infidelity is not the answer...
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 Definitely not, but having been in a similar situation with an adulterous ex-wife, you can think of some pretty stupid stuff. You also have no idea if the person your SO is cheating with has any idea what's going on, cheaters tend to lie to everyone.
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 How insightful.
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 @texag: Yeah, that's one of the saddest parts. Seems Moriah didn't even know she was the "other woman".
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 @barp: Reports are that Moriah did know she was cutting someone's lunch:

"An anonymous friend of Wilson's, identified in the affidavit as "Jane Doe," told detectives that Wilson and Strickland had been in an "on again, off again" entanglement that began last fall, and that Armstrong had repeatedly and aggressively contacted Wilson to tell her to stay away from Strickland until Wilson blocked Armstrong's number."

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 Yes, it would make more sense if she killed him.
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 I honestly never understood that side of infidelity, i was cheated on once, i never cared who the other person was, still friends and people close to me offered to help on "retaliating" against him, wtf? why?
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 Costa Rica was an idiotic place for her to try to go underground. So many Americans there and also a huge cycling scene. Not a good place to disappear.
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 Not to mention well-established law enforcement relations with US authorities and relatively simple extradition procedures. You might as well flee to Hawaii.
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 Turns out most criminals that we hear about authorities catching aren’t the brightest or are not thinking far ahead…
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 @baxterbike: "confirmation bias". I wonder how many criminals who flee outside the US to anywhere and who get plastic surgery actually get caught.
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 Why do I see this whole saga becoming a LifeTime movie in the future?
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 Lifetime Grand Prix Presents….
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 I can't wait to see her mug shot. I wonder what kind of help she received and from who while she was on the run.
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 If everyone in bike races were armed, this wouldn't happen.
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flag vinay FL (Jul 1, 2022 at 13:34) (Below Threshold)
 I'm super confused. How is this article related to bicycles (and mountainbikes in particular)? Did this lady kill someone else whilst competing in a bike race?
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 But will Costa Rica extradite since the crime happened in Texas and she faces the possibility of the Death Penalty. Article 5 of the treaty says:
ARTICLE 5 Capital Punishment. When the offense for which extradition is requested is punishable by death under the laws of the Requesting State and the laws of the Requested State do not permit such punishment for that offense, extradition may be refused, unless, before extradition is granted, the Requesting State furnishes such assurances as the Requested State considers sufficient, that the death penalty shall not be imposed, or, if imposed, shall not be executed.
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 It’s not like they’re charging her as a black man, she’s being charged as a photogenic white girl, so the death penalty won’t apply
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 Interesting! I just did a little research on this. I found a case study on a 2003 murder in Kentucky where the killer fled to Costa Rica. He later tried to appeal his conviction and sentencing based, among other things, on his assertion that the government had agreed in his extradition agreement not to sentence him to death or to life in prison. After his trial, he had been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. The appeals court determined that because the possibility of parole was a provision in his sentence, that there was no violation of the extradition agreement.

So yeah, it sounds like Costa Rica means business on that, and that Texas will have to agree not to seek the death penalty in order for the extradition to go through

Here's the case I found. It's long, but with keyword searches you can get to the pertinent places pretty easily. www.casemine.com/judgement/us/5914afb2add7b0493474e632.
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 @Poachninja: not wrong
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flag ToddS456 (Jun 30, 2022 at 20:39) (Below Threshold)
 @Poachninja: More whites on death row than blacks in USA.
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 @ToddS456: Did you ever take a statistics class? My guess is not.

There are more white folks on death row, by a margin of approximately 30. Whites are 42% of the death row population compared to 41% for black folks. The US population at large doesn’t look like that. It’s long been understood that the death penalty is levied people of color at disproportionate rates. It’s not even a controversial take, it’s just simple math.

If you even had a point you were trying to make, it was a stupid one.
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 Extradition is for citizens of Costa Rica. Since she is a US citizen, they can just deport her. Go USMS!
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 @BrambleLee: according to the justice department's most recent stats on crime, just over 50% of convicted murderers are black, so the death row numbers are in line with the demographics of who actually gets convicted. Simple math, right?
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 Sheesh, people, I was basically just stealing the joke from this classic onion piece. I did not mean to trigger anyone.

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 @ToddS456: you should have stayed in school lol
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 @BrambleLee: don’t forget all the stats. African Americans committed 55.9% of all homicides in the US in 2019. They make up 13-14% of our population. Sadly most of these homicides are black on black crime. But nobody seems to care about that. Just keep the broken system rolling.
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 @Frank191: That’s incorrect. Transfer of a person who’s physically present in one country into the Justice system of another country is extradition. As noted above, Costa Rica is an abolitionist state with regard to the death penalty and will almost certainly seek assurances from the US that she will not be sentenced to death before agreeing to extradite her.

There have been instances where the US has sent agents into a foreign country and just taken the suspect into custody on their own. State-sanctioned kidnapping essentially. That practice has been upheld in appeals but has caused diplomatic turmoil.

I wonder if she knew this when she fled to Costa Rica? Maybe an attorney advised it or maybe she did a little research or something. I just looked at a list of countries with no extradition treaties, and mostly they’re really far away and/or pretty inhospitable in one way or another. Maybe if you’re Kaitlin here, you’re thinking that you’re going to try not to get caught, but at least if you do you know you’re not getting out to death?

Vietnam has no extradition treaty. Maybe that’s where I’d go. Cuba seems like a potentially good choice, but you’d probably have to transit thru another country that does extradite so that could be risky (maybe Katlin wanted to get to Cuba via CR?). Morocco could work too. Just like Eldridge Cleaver and Timothy Leary.

Interesting thought experiment anyway…
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 @BrambleLee: not true. Extradition happens when there is an extradition treaty in place and covers citizens of that country. Expulsion is different and happens when the subject has no legal standing such as in this case.
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 @Frank191: Maybe I'm missing something, but what you're saying just doesn't square with any definition of extradition I've seen. The US DOJ defines extradition like so:
"International extradition is a legal process by which one country (the requesting country) may seek from another country (the requested country) the surrender of a person who is wanted for prosecution, or to serve a sentence following conviction, for a criminal offense. In the United States, international extradition is treaty based, meaning that the United States must have an extradition treaty with the requesting country in order to consider the request for extradition."

It's the surrender of a person wanted for prosecution. There's nothing there about what the nationality of the individual being sought for surrender.

Check out the link I posted in a comment earlier in this thread—there was an american dude who'd fled to Costa Rica after murdering an elderly relative. He appealed his conviction partially on the grounds that his sentence violated the extradition agreement between the US and Costa Rica. Some of the articles on Armstrong's arrest in Costa Rica state that she will be extradited.

Anyway, not looking to argue so much as to understand. What am I missing?
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 @BrambleLee: I don’t know all the exact technicalities and legal terms and I know the processes are different in each country but I know for a fact (being involved directly) that in many countries, such as Mexico, you only have to go through the complete extradition process if they are a citizen or have legal standing. For example: if a US citizen who is not Mexican kills someone in the US, flees to MX, is caught, they deport them back to the US very soon. If they or their parents are MX citizens, then they have legal standing there and can’t be automatically deported without going through extradition proceedings. I have not directly dealt with Costa Rica but that’s how many countries operate.
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 @Frank191: Interesting, thanks.
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 This was mentioned elsewhere, but I don’t want to comment on a post that is sure to go down a 2-month rabbit hole about gun laws in the US.

But what about the dude — Strickland? There’s almost no way this girl came home and the subject of where she’s been and what she’s been doing didn’t come up. Wouldn’t she have been a bit agitated under the circumstance? Or that they didn’t get in an argument about what he was doing with the victim? Or after he learned the girl he was hanging out with was murdered shortly after he dropped her off that he didn’t put two and two together? What did he know, and when did he know it? Was he involved with her escape when she disappeared a couple days after a murder? He may not have pulled the trigger, but he’s involved up to his neck with this mess.
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 You might want to just read his statements to the police. He’s a (probably) cheating POS with the terrible judgement to buy someone a murder weapon, and his statement certainly has some head scratchers, but most of it fits together well enough and answers your questions.
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 @Blackhat: Whatever his flaws are, I will give him the benefit of the doubt that when he bought her the gun—for whatever reason that was—he didn’t think she’d ever use it to murder someone. If he’s guilty of anything, it would be anything he did to aid her escape after the fact. It’s not clear to me if that’s what happened, but the circumstances make me question it.

But then again the type of anger and volatility it takes to do something like this probably manifest itself in other ways leading up to it, so maybe you’re right and he should have known what she was capable of.
  • 11 1
 As Colin tries to fade into the background.
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 I really want to hear her legal defense.
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 I was so distraught over her murder, I accidentally sold my car and fell into an airplane. Once I arrived in Costa Rica I was attacked by a ruthless band of plastic surgeons... I look pretty good though, right? Anyway.. I didn't know what to do, so travelled to this really nice beach area and I just like, ate fresh fruit on the beach, swam in the warm ocean... oh I saw a turtle!! and got some surf lessons from a really cute local surfer guy... sorry, what was your question?
  • 11 2
 The universe just felt it was time for another Armstrong cycling scandal.
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 Cycling industry likes to talk about women this women that, celebrate women cyclists blah blah. Then one of the more noteworthy women in the sport gets murdered and her life is worth a lousy $15k?? From an anonymous donor? She worked for specialized and her life isn't even worth as much as one of the top end bikes they sell? I'm sure she had a bunch of sponsors as well. 15K!! Disgraceful
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 I get your point, but also don't think we should value a person's life based on reward money offered. People should be willing to assist police for nothing in return, and I sure don't want to create an expectation that turning in suspects becomes big money business. I wpuld hope her sponsors are helping her family out in other ways we are unaware of.
  • 10 2
 Never stick your....how's it go again?
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 You can run like the coward you are, but you can't hide.
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 Wait so they got her date of birth wrong, released her and she managed to escape the country?
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 Also. She was a yogi teacher. She prolly thought oh I can go Pura vida in CR (Nocoyan peninsula) and teach yoga under an alias and just be Pura vida forever. Da fuq. I mean go to Nicaragua or get lost in brazil or somewhere - but the blue zone in costa full of Americans. And CR is pretty compliant with US.

I suppose this helps her case for insanity as no one on their right mind who actually thought they’d get away with murder flees to a safe country in a highly gringo area.

Colin Strickland currently working on the book and/or movie rights.

On another note I always wanted to start a gravel club loosely based off of biker gangs. Think SOA but Lycra wearing, gravel riding outlaws. 1%ers of cycling. You know the ones who don’t stop at stop signs. Litter their wrappers. Leave skid marks. Pop wheelies. And just DGAF.
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 FYI PinkBike . First degree murder in TX is not automatically a capitol crime punishable by the death penalty. There are contingencies ie. was the person under the age of 10, was it a judge or public servant etc. Check the TX Penal Code for deets. Jus' sayin'.
  • 6 2
 What an insane story. Stephen king couldn't write it.
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 .....but Richard Bachman could.
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 @suspended-flesh: Actually was a bad reference, Agatha Christie would have been more appropriate.
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You ain't seen nothing yet!
Randy Bachman
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 @bhuckley: I had to BTO Guess Whoogle that one!
  • 4 1
 What a crazy lady and a terrible ordeal for everyone involved. I hope she's never released again
  • 5 2
 There should be a yearly reminder in PB telling everyone Colin Strickland is an a**hole.
  • 5 0
 Gravel is a gateway drug
  • 2 1
 Fun fact: before the plasti surgery she ask the doctor to look like louis ck.
  • 1 0
 I really do want to see what she looks like now. did she get super drastic plastic surgery or is she still recognizable?
  • 1 0
 Just stumbled upon this article which shows before and after pics. Looks like she definitely got a nose job and possibly some other work too. I certainly wouldn’t have recognized her.

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 Even That Chapter made a video about the case:

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 Wait. Why am I reading "the news" on pb?
  • 1 1
 Good place to get a final surf in and potentially get knocked up. Anyone seen "Raising Hope" Big Grin
  • 4 3
 Was she a mountain biker or something?? Not sure why this is on here
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 She killed one of the most recognizable pro marathon mountain bikers and gravel racers in the world. Also was the girlfriend of another pro marathon mountain biker. The story has touched and impacted the mountain bike community, and is of interest.
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 She looked better before plastic surgery.
  • 1 0
 That Chapter just covered this story very well.
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  • 2 2
 electric chair go brrrrrt
  • 1 1
 Will she fried on a chair?
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 [delete--test post]
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 Spot plastering her done up head shots all over the place. LETS SEE A MUG SHOT OF THIS PSYCHO BROAD!
  • 3 0
 Username checks out.
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 Only thing she'll be eating from now on is carpet!
  • 5 7
 Fire up old sparky ….god love Texas
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 Too much white wine and Ellen tv?
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