Herkimer New York’s a picturesque crime-ridden village along the Mohawk. It’s cursed by a booming drug trade abetted by a rich history of failed governance. Our video-enhanced posts document a vivid public rape threat, drug trafficking, malicious trespass, child abuse, drug abuse, public drunkenness and brawling, harassment, public menacing, and crime coddling police responses.
Her colleague is probably Ben Dennis, a recent Penn State grad who’s interned at CNN and CBS News. His Animal Control outfit is appropriate for a visit to the Joyce Barton gang’s turf; on a drug-fueled romp, the gang’s crazier than a sack of rats. (Apologies if we got the names wrong. Our cameras aren’t as good as yours. )
It seems likely the news team’s visit was inspired by our widely viewed coverage of the Barton gang’s 5/18 assault on herkimerpost.com editor Linda Kaidan. Despite being warned that she’d be beaten if she crossed the street from her home to the Barton gang’s 333 Pleasant Avenue, side, she did so. And was beaten.
Like Kaidan, Pavlovsky stepped onto Joyce Barton’s public sidewalk, camera rolling. Kaidan’s assailant Shianne Hill, on a year’s probation for her cowardly assault, was present on the porch but did not attack Pavolvsky. Of course, there was an Animal Control officer present.
The WUTR news team then plunged down the driveway between the Barton’s and a neighboring house. (Never been down there–“Here Lie Dragons.” There’s a smaller house at the base of the driveway.) They emerged unscathed, presumably after interviewing a few folks, then left.
A Heartening Visit
We were very heartened by the WUTR news team’s visit –we’ve been under siege for four years with not a word support from the Herkimer community. We hope WUTR’s interest in Herkimer’s entrenched criminal community and it’s depraved lawlessness continues. Our criminal neighbors don’t do well in sunlight.
(Conversation overheard later that day from the Barton’s side of the street: “How come you guys hit an old lady?” “We didn’t know she was that old.”)
Poison Gas Attacks Ramp Up after Reporters Visit
This is the 17th month of poison attacks on us. Following Shianne Hill’s arrest in May, attacks dropped off to an occasional sniping driveby or backyard spraying from the direction of Eureka Avenue. But they’ve ramped up again, following the broadcast journalists’ filming of Barton gang and their Pleasant Avenue lair.
Prime spraying time is now the morning when we’re out or in our front yard. We often return to find our driveway filled with pesticide, and get hit with it from drivebys if we linger out front. Chemical foggers dispensing volatized pesticide from beneath passing vehicles remain the weapon of choice. The Barton ‘s ancient pickup still seems the primary delivery vehicle, with backup from one or two allied vehicles. (How does that heap get an inspection sticker every year?)
Our lessening problems aside, it’s obvious that Herkimer and the entire Mohawk Valley are undergoing a rapid sea change of rising prosperity, fueled by climate change relocation and the resulting booming real estate sales. Prosperity dooms criminals like the Barton gang. They feed off of others poverty and desperation. Solid reporting and robust social media exposure will speed their end.
Hill apparently agreed with her foster mother Joyce Barton’s assertion to Herkimer police the day of the assault that Kaidan was trespassing by standing on the public sidewalk in front of the Barton’s house, and that her attack constituted self-defense.
Only after further consultation with her public defender and Joyce Barton did Hill reluctantly enter a guilty plea. She was sentenced to a year’s probation.
Order of Protection Extended
Hill had previously been served with an Order of Protection enjoining her from approaching Kaidan. Magistrate Thomas DeCarlo extended the Order of Protection to two years. Hill lives with the Bartons at 333 Pleasant Avenue, across from Kaidan’s home.
We would like to thank the Herkimer Police, notably Sgt Bowman and the officers who responded to the assault on 5/18–they diligently followed through to secure statements and evidence.
As far as we know, this is the first ever arrest of one of the extended family members who comprise the Joyce Barton gang, which long terrorized Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. We hope to see more of the same.
We’d also like to acknowledged the support of the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office, especially Victim’s Services Coordinator Connie M. Stowell, and the excellent staff of the Little Falls Hospital Emergency Room.
Curtis Cool – Man on the Run?
While in court for Shianne Hill’s last appearance, a familiar name was called: Curtis Cool, a longtime associate of Joyce Barton. He failed to enter an appearance. We assume a bench warrant will issue for Curtis. Readers of this blog may recall Curtis’ hugely popular criminal harassment antics from when he was our neighbor. Happily, his old rental at 328 Pleasant Avenue was sold for a good price last month. We wish the new owners well.
There seem to be only a few gassing vehicles now in use. The principal vehicle is Douglas Barton’s old truck, in the driveway across the street from us at the Bartons’ 330 Pleasant Avenue. (Barton himself is gone, his place taken by a younger clone.) That truck is no stranger to the law.
Joyce Barton’s shirt’s a fitting choice for Herkimer’s arch poisoner and drug dealer. The pesticide being directed from beneath all vehicles is more toxic than many previously used. The foggers used to volatilize and dispense the pesticide are apparently easily moved to other vehicles.
Herkimer Poison Gassers Using GPS Tracking?
In the past month, our murderous band of Herkimer neighbors have developed an uncanny ability to accurately predict when we’ll be arriving home. Pulling into our driveway, we’re often greeted with a fresh toxic cloud of odorless pesticide. It disperses within a few moments, indicating it was just applied. The drive time from our usual Herkimer haunts is only a few minutes. Knowing our location and travel route allows a reduced number of poisoners to apply fresh pesticide to our driveway without resorting to the high-volume, high visible driveby poison gassings which seems to have taken a lot of them off of the road.
The toxin in our driveway is often augmented by a custom poison spraying directed into our backs from the street as we unload groceries. Volatilized pesticide is invisibly released under pressure from a fogger beneath a vehicle. Doug Barton’s old truck is associated with quite a few but all not blasts of poison as it innocently backs out of the Barton driveway.
Herkimer Poisoners Using New Highly Caustic Chemical
The poison used on us in the past month is caustic and highly toxic It abrades the skin, and attacks the central nervous system and the lungs. Multiple showers are needed to detox Some clothing will clean up after repeated washings. If not, they must be discarded, or will serve to dispense more poison in the body.
Rather than ripping our car apart looking for a GPS tracker, then doing it again when another one’s secreted, we often wear Tyvek. Yard work safety calls for Tyvek, as does protection from opportunistic driveby poisonings. (The neighborhood abounds in spotters, who blame us for their loss of drug and child trafficking income, and of course, for “getting Shianne arrested.” )
For prolonged outdoor exposure on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, a military grade P-100 gas mask is standard. Here I am in full chemical warfare regalia, trimming a tree. Unprotected, this activity would subject me to a driveby gas attack, usually from the Barton’s truck.
Biohazard suits and the masks should do us for the duration, if Joyce Barton doesn’t source some Sarin nerve gas from Syria. Our yards though, are hopelessly poisoned, as are those of many of our neighbors.
In a June 6th appearance in Herkimer Village Court before Magistrate Robert L. DeCarlo, Shianne Hill pleaded Not Guilty to 3rd Degree Assault. Hill, 18, a recent Herkimer High graduate, was charged in the unprovoked May 18th attack on 63 year-old Herkimer blogger Linda Kaidan, who owns the house across the street from Joyce Bartons’ 333 Pleasant Avenue. Kaidan is a retired IBM and Oracle Corp. software developer.
Kaidan was challenging Joyce Barton’s gang-turf assertion that the public sidewalk in front of 333 Pleasant Avenue is hers. Prior to crossing the street, Kaidan was warned on camera by a Barton family member to stay in her house, or else…
Hill was represented by her public defender and accompanied by her mentor Joyce Barton, of Herkimer’s Barton Gang, which has long dominated Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. Hill lived with the Bartons for many years. Shianne Hill is but one of several former innocents we’ve seen Joyce Barton sadistically destroy under a false flag of concerned nurturing and friendship.
Hill was neatly groomed and soft-spoken. Her public defender noted that Hill has no prior record. The case was continued until June 27 at 1600, when an assistant district attorney will be present.
Shianne Hill’s SSI-Qualifying Disability Not Obvious
Hill’s unspecified disability didn’t appeared to handicap her as she stalked and attacked her elderly neighbor. (Video below) Kaidan sustained a concussion, facial laceration and aggravation of her spinal osteoporosis, per hospital reports. Her hands were at her side when Hill punched her. Kaidan’s glasses were knocked from her face during the attack and stolen.
YouTube Age-Restricts “Violent and Graphic” Videos of Shianne Hill’s Attack
Because of the violent and graphic nature of Shianne Hill’s craven assault, YouTube initially age-restricted videos of the attack, which to date have had about 2,500 views on our popular Herkimer Crime channel. YouTube said in an email to us that though the videos of Hill’s attack don’t violate their community standards, they’re not something they want kids and teens viewing. We disagreed, but YouTube is Google and will have its way.
(Note: 6/13: YouTube has dropped the age-restriction on the main video, but retained it on the shorter one. An appeal is pending.)
Here’s the main video:
Linda Kaidan is still recovering from the assault. We’ll be reporting on Shianne Hill’s case as it progresses.
Last night we were subjected to a massive series of poison gas attacks lasting from 2100—0436 hrs. They appear to have either come from both the rear of 334 Pleasant Avenue, and from vehicles associated with that address. 334 Pleasant Avenue houses the remnants of Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes gang, officially tenanted by Carrie Ann Bass. This is one of the largest poison gas attacks we’ve endured in Herkimer in the past 15 months.
Herkimer Driveby 7 hour poison gas attack
The front and sides of our house at 330 Pleasant Ave were gassed with chemicals have the attributes of odorless pyretherin pesticides, probably dispensed from foggers attached to the bottom of the passing vehicles. 26 vehicles passed our house from 2100-2211. We recognized some of the vehicles as being associated with previous drive-by gassings, with some coming from the driveway of 334 Pleasant Avenue. A small white car with a sun roof was the most prominent. Many vehicles made multiple passes of our house from 2100 – 2211, convoying like battleships. I’ve posted the times below.
It would take me several days to process the footage of the vehicles. Hoping that the law enforcement surveillance drones seen last night recorded them, I’ve listed the times of the
7 hour poison gas attack from rear of Herkimer’s 334 Pleasant Avenue
From 2151 – 0436, overlapping waves of poison gas were dispensed on our back yard and rear window from 334 Pleasant Avenue using one or more hand foggers or large crop treatment equipment. The parking lot area adjacent ot 334 is not visible to our cameras at night.
The almost continuous stream of poison gas was directed at our backyard, from the direction of 334 Pleasant rear. Given the volume of poison dispensed, and the height it reached on out house, it had to have spread to adjacent properties in the direction of King Street. 328 and 326 Pleasant Avenue, which have small children who play outside.
Our backyard is brightly lit, so our cameras there wouldn’t have captured the gas as it billowed out. It can only be seen in infrared. However, so much gas was dispensed that the prevailing south wind carried it between 330 and 332 Pleasant Avenue and into Pleasant Avenue. That area is not lighted, and our cameras recorded the waves of poison gas as it rolled past.
Time of Vehicles Passing 330 Pleasant Avenue 2100-2211, 5.29.18
Blogger punched in face by Herkimer teen gang kick boxer
herkimerpost.com editor Linda Kaidan, age 63, was attacked and beaten on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue last Friday by 18 year-old Shianne Hill, a of Herkimer’s Joyce Barton gang, which operates out of the house Barton tenants at 333 Pleasant Avenue.
Gang members were thronging the street and taunted Kaidan as she and her husband, author Stephen Ames Berry, returned from shopping and were unloading groceries in their driveway. When Kaidan responded, they told her, in the person of one of Joyce Barton’s daughters, never to come onto “their” side of the street and to “go back into your house.”
Kaidan and her husband don’t yield the street to filth. Kaidan crossed to “their” side of the street, stood on the public sidewalk in front of the gang’s 333 Pleasant Avenue as her husband scrambled for his video gear. She was stalked, menaced, punched in the face and hit in the back of the head by a Shiann Hill, apparently selected for the job because of her age and boxing expertise.
Kaidan’s glasses were lost after she was struck her in the face, seemingly driving a glass lens from its frame and into her face, lacerating it. The glasses were not recovered, probably hidden by the Barton gang.
Herkimer Police under the very able command of Herkimer Police Sgt. Bowman quickly responded. They took statements and dispersed a mob of 20-30 low criminal types gathered about the Barton’s and the Stanley Sykes gang’s 334 Pleasant Avenue. Kaidan was taken to Little Falls Hospital, suffering from the wound to her face and symptoms of concussion. She was treated and released. There were no immediate arrests.
Herkimer’s Shianne Hill was defending Barton gang turf home
Joyce Barton asserted to the police as always that she owns the house she doesn’t own, and owns the public sidewalk because she owns the house.
The Barton’s are brazen scoff laws and criminal traffickers.
Herkimer Gang Victim Threatened with Arrest
The only person threatened with arrest during the incident was the injured victim. Prior to the arrival of Sgt. Bowman, Herkimer Patrolman Robert Holt, in a remarkable demonstration of sensitivity, threatened Kaidan with arrest for being upset and too loud as he was interviewing Joyce Barton, who apparently knew him. (3:20 mins).
Our YouTube videos and blog postings of Herkimer lawlessness (herkimerpost.com) have been viewed and read by tens of thousands drawn to the grotesque. Cities and towns around Herkimer are experiencing booming property sales as climate change sends people, firms and wealth north to a safer haven. Not so Herkimer.
Prosperity will continue to pass Herkimer by as drug and child trafficking gangs rule its streets. As a family friend, a former federal agent familiar with Upstate New York says, “Herkimer’s dirty and likes it that way.”
Climate change migration will ultimately force Herkimer gangs out
Herkimer sits in a Goldilocks Climate Change Survival Zone. We think it will soon become such a national resource amid massive migration north that Herkimer’s gangs, if not gone, will be forced out at the point of bayonets and lawful governance restored. We live in hope.
Updated 5/24/18 to reflect Kaidan’s sustaining a concussion, the wound to her face by the glasses lens detached by her assailant’s fist and driven into her cheek, and to note the theft of her glasses.
10/31/2018 We later learned this was an orchestrated attack, centerpiece of the Joyce Barton gang’s farewell party for Stanley Sykes of the Sykes gang. Stanley moved following our postings of his child trafficker. His gang’s still here, though, still occupying Herkimer’s traditional child trafficking hub from which they traffic drugs. Stanley’s a frequent visitor.
Sykes and his putative wife Becky replaced Little Mama in 341 Eureka Avenue, with daughter-in-law Carrie Ann Bass living in 334 Pleasant Avenue. They’re till still there. Their houses anchor both ends of the child trafficking lot. As with trafficker Little Mama before them, they rent from Herkimer landlord Jay Smith.
Stanley Sykes Mission in Herkimer’s Premier Child Trafficking Spot
From his activities over the last 18 months, Sykes and his gang have a two-fold mission: emptying our house of us and making a go of their own child exploitation activities. Before his allies told him to shut it, Stanley had bragged about the $10k bonus he’d receive for getting rid of us. Despite four years of harassment and many poison gas attacks, we’re still here. The location of our house astride the child trafficking lot makes it a must-have as the area’s next criminal controlled house. Just see the map below.
The silent torrent of trafficked kids through that parking lot was rerouted when Little Mama moved on. Sykes has tried to monetize the location, even paying a franchise fee for the privilege, or so he’s loudly declared.
Child trafficking’s much safer and can be more profitable for criminals than selling even heroin, which is what Stanley Sykes’s son was allegedly arrested for here–that and complicity in the death of one of his users. It seems to us that Stanley’s given many years of loyal service to Mohawk Valley gangs as an on-call thug, and is looking to finally make his fortune in the dark world of low-risk, high-profit child exploitation.
Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes Tries the Child Exploitation Market
With the exception of a few vital cameras, we don’t hover over our camera feeds. But if we see something odd or alarming, we pull the clips and have a look. From those videos, it seems Sykes and his crew are trying to supplement their drug trafficking income with child exploitation. Here’s what we have for videos to date. We probably missed most of it, but the clips lend some insight into what he’s tried.
Trafficked teens who introduced themselves as Justin and Larry, exit the back of Stanley Sykes’s 341 Eureka Avenue. They followed dog Bear and I to pat Bear.
Conversations with trafficked kids are rare and brief, says the Ark of Hope for Children. Things to look for are little or no schooling, evasiveness as to where they live and responses that aren’t age-appropriate. See what you think: our full exchange is described on YouTube.
Never saw Larry and Justin again. And I’ve been watching.
Kids Drift In and Out Like Smoke Along Pleasant Avenue – Herkimer’s Distributed Child Trafficking
The little blonde girl was apparently stashed at Joyce Barton’s house (across the street, off camera) for a week weeks. then vanished.
Major child trafficking networks have the resources to do volume–lot’s of kids, lots of transfer points and final destinations.
The child trafficking wannabees like the regional Herkimer gangs don’t have the same resources as major league traffickers they cooperate with. The locals are dependent upon trafficking kids one or a few at a time, whom they distributed among members’ houses.
Newly Trafficked Herkimer Kids Here Today, Then Gone
They may be here for weeks, or only seen once. We’ve seen them pass through 328 Pleasant Avenue (Curtis Cool), 333 Pleasant Avenue (Joyce Barton), 334 Pleasant Avenue (Sykes gang–Carrie Ann Bass), and Stanley Sykes’s 341 Eureka Avenue. Some of the supposedly vacant houses behind ours, on Eureka Avenue will sometimes have kids for a few days, then the kids vanish and the houses stay empty for a while.
It’s likely that kids held at traffickers’ houses for a longer time are in greater need of grooming, which the Canadian Global News defines as“…win[ning] a child’s trust and co-operation, which decreases the chances of them telling anyone about the abuse.”
The little blonde girl in the above video was stashed at Joyce Barton’s 333 Pleasant Avenue for several weeks, then vanished. She was a frequent visitor to the Sykes’ gang’s 334 Pleasant Avenue, presided over by Carrie Ann Bass. Most kids who are passed through we either don’t notice or miss recording. We only noticed her because the Sykes gang had chosen that day to rampage Pleasant Avenue, in farewell to Stanley Sykes’s heroin-dealing son, then out on bail.
Of the blonde girl’s only friends, the boy in the blue shirt, Harvey, is a Sykes gang family member. We never saw the other girls again.
What A Well-Groomed Trafficked Child Looks Like
Publishing the clips of the little blonde girl and her friends, we mentioned that she and they may have been trafficked. Suddenly all unknown kids at the Sykes’ gang locations sprouted winter jackets with hoods up–notably on warm days. Of course, it only marked them as potentially trafficked.
You wouldn’t notice anything wrong, looking at this sweet clip of mother and child, unless you were looking for signs of child sexual exploitation and trafficking. Just a mom arriving a friend’s house with her kid, then later taking her sleepy boy home. But in our 4 years on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, we’ve seen many signs of drug use by our murderous band of neighbors to manipulate and control children. Kids to them are but weapons or a cash crop. Any interaction between adults and kids merits always merits a closer look:
1409 hrs – Man, woman and boy arrive by truck at Sykes gang’s 334 Pleasant Avenue, a drug and child trafficking transmit point presided over by Carrie Ann Bass
1409 – Woman and boy enter house. Man waits in car
1428 – Semiconscious boy is carried from 334 by woman; met by man.
1429 – Semiconscious boy secured in truck. Truck drives off – 20 minutes from wide awake and walking to semiconscious and carried.
We suspect the boy was given one of the pre – anesthetic drugs used as date rape drugs, such as rohypnol or ketamine. Given the flow of drugs into and out of Herkimer and the Sykes gang’s obvious trafficking of them out of 334 Pleasant Avenue, either drug could have been easily obtained. The drugs act quickly, which is why they’re used at parties and clubs. They make a child more cooperative in an exploitation situation.
We’ve never seen two more shame-faced people as the young couple in the video above. The camera doesn’t do their guilt-wracked faces justice. The woman took that kid into Sykes’ and the couple fled. Never saw them again; never saw the boy again.
Anything’s possible once you come to the horrific conclusion that you live among a murderous band of depraved drug and child traffickers. They traffic heroin and kids, pimp out their own children and try to kill neighbors they can’t drive off. (See our poison gas attacks videos.)
Such heinous filth will have a way to dispose of dead kids who’ve inconvenienced them. Herkimer has several human crematoria, one pet crematory, three major waterways, and the forests of the Southern Adirondacks just to the north.
At any one time, 300,000 children are being trafficked in the United States. Many of them go missing.
Trafficked Kids Being Slipped into Sykes Gang’s 334 Pleasant Avenue
4/8/17 Trafficked teens being slipped into Herkimer’s traditional child trafficking transit point in the dead of night. It’s the parking lot spanning 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Pleasant Avenue. Both are controlled by Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes’ gang, long-time tenants of Herkimer landlord Jay Smith.
Trafficked children may be quickly be forwarded to their final destinations in some major metropolitan area, there to be broken in as captive slaves. [The]…average life span of a [child trafficked for sex] is…7 years, found dead from attack, abuse, HIV and other STD’s, malnutrition, overdose or suicide,”reports the Ark of Hope for Children.
Trafficked Herkimer Kids We Don’t See
Ours is one of the last houses around that ghastly parking area either not vacant or not controlled by Herkimer’s regional gangs. We probably only pick up on about 10% of neighboring child trafficking, our cameras being positioned to protect our place, and the traffickers trying to keep off camera.
For more about Herkimer’s trafficked kids, the criminals who profit from them and the seeming millions of dirty dollars produced by this heinous industry in our pastoral village, see our other child trafficking posts.
“Herkimer’s dirty and likes it that way.”
For the price we’ve paid to find and present this Herkimer child trafficking data, follow this link to our blog’s Poisoning section. This is our 14th month of poison gas attacks. As I type, the evening gas attacks on our house have begun. (To be fair, Stanley Sykes did offer us $1,500 for our home.)
Our troubles are small compared to the fate of the thousands of children trafficked through unseeing Herkimer. As a former federal agent I know said, “Herkimer’s dirty and likes it that way.”
In my first two Herkimer child trafficking posts, We’re Sorry We Didn’t Notice and Dead Kids Walking, I told how we belatedly tumbled to a longtime major child trafficking operation almost in our own backyard. We estimate 1,000-2,000 kids a year were trafficked through our neighborhood, making Herkimer a valued transit node in a transcontinental human trafficking network.
In August 2016, the child trafficking cartel which had for years so efficiently ran the Herkimer trafficking hub relocated, handing it over to Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes gang for safekeeping. This post looks at that handover.
Security cam footage of our long-time neighboring child trafficking cartel conductors moving out and turning their site over to Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes gang. L. to r. Sykes gang’s Carrie Ann Bass, and cartel conductors Little Mama and Pretty Boy. The little boy in the truck bed is not a trafficked child. He came with landlord Jay Smith’s agent, who oversaw the transfer from Little Mama to the Sykes gang.
A few days before, traffickers Little Mama (LM) and Pretty Boy (PB) had shipped their last consignment of trafficked kids though this 341 Eureka Avenue Herkimer transfer point. 341 Eureka was a critical node in a large regional child trafficking network through which as many as 2,000 kids a year moved from recruitment to exploitation as sex workers. They’d arrive during the day, then be slipped away a night or two later.
Timeline of Herkimer Child Traffickers Relocation
1640 Pretty Boy (PB) leaves in rental truck*
1651 Little Mama (LM) leaves in SUV
1720 LM returns with PB in her SUV
1721 Sykes gang’s Carrie Ann Bass chats with LM, watches unsurprised as PB loads 5-6 kids bikes onto flatbed trailer attached to LM’s SUV. [Video clip gap. Might have been 6-7 bikes.]
1727 LM and PB leave in LM’s SUV. Child trafficker Little Mama blows kiss to landlord Jay Smith’s rental agent’s young son. [Seen it a lot. Still give me the creeps, as it probably will the boy’s family seeing it.]
1738 Stanley Sykes move into Herkimer’s 341 Eureka Ave. He continues to hold 334 Pleasant Ave on the opposite end of the parking lot.
Not On Traffickers Move Out Video
Our fir tree’s branches blocked the camera’s view of 341’s back door, but it didn’t block mine. I was watching from my desk below the level of the camera while Pretty Boy earlier loaded 6 small activity centers for little kids, two at a time, into the back of Little Mama’s SUV as it sat backed up to 341 Eureka Ave..
The two young traffickers cleaned up and moved on with experienced efficiency, turning the property over to Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes gang. At the end of the video Stanley, aka Bob Sykes and family-crew are seen moving into 341 Eureka. They’re still there.
Stanley Sykes paid a handsome franchise fee to traffic out of 341, or so we’ve heard him bellow. (He’s often outside, asserting dominance.)
Child Trafficking – Victims Enslaving Victims
Little Mama and Pretty Boy are close in age to some of the older kids they traffic and may themselves be former child sex workers brought into the business. They didn’t move far, relocating about 15 minutes away, given the timeline of their move out.*
We saw Little Mama or Pretty Boy again. A week later, when our only back camera was again covering the arsonist antics of trafficker ally Curtis Cool, the 341 Eureka bicycle shed vanished, apparently built for ease of transport. and removal of forensic evidence. Given the short timeline of the move out,* it’s probably nearby, home to the same bikes with fresh young riders coming and going daily.
__________________ *The U-Haul truck was there when we woke up that morning. The camera was not on that area that night. Little Mama was gone 29 minutes before returning in her SUV with Pretty Boy . He was gone 50 minutes in total. Return trip time probably 15 minutes. Could the truck have been unloaded and returned in 35 minutes? Sure, especially if PB had some help unloading. Would the truck have been unloaded at their new trafficking location? Yes. The child trafficking cartel they work for probably had fresh kids en route to their new transfer point and pickup-delivery arrangements ready for them. Pretty Boy and Little Mama’s new trafficking location is in Herkimer County and within 15 minutes of 341 Eureka Ave. It’s a big operation and time is money.
This regional child trafficking hub distributed between 1,000 and 2,000 trafficked kids a year. It’s still used by Herkimer’s depraved Stanley Sykes gang, who fiercely protect it from nosy neighbors. Two of the Sykes gang’s houses on the child trafficking hub are owned by their longtime landlord, Jay Smith.
Humanrights.org estimates that each trafficked child nets his or her handlers $100,000 a year. That’s $100-200 million annual income from child trafficking victims hustled through a small Upstate New York village. Some of that money stayed in Herkimer. It helped ensure silence, cooperation, suffering and death: a sex-trafficked child lives about seven years.
These are some of our videos of dead kids walking.
Herkimer Child Traffickers Relocate
On August 20, 2016, Herkimer’s long-time major child traffickers moved their final lot of kids through their 341 Eureka Avenue trafficking hub. For months, we’d been the target of a successful campaign of distraction that kept our security cam and our attention away from that neighboring lot. Only on the regional traffickers’ last day did we swing our backyard camera on them, puzzled by the large number of kids who’d suddenly appeared next door. They were whisked away almost as soon after they’d appeared.
“It’s just kids.” Trafficked Kids – Herkimer NY 8/14/16
This is the last consignment of kids being shipped through this Herkimer child trafficking transfer hub at 341 Eureka Avenue. It was a consolidation of three carloads of trafficked children. We had never before seen that many kids passing through at one time. We barely caught the arrival of the final carload on camera. The three vehicles then loaded up and moved on. The property was never used again as a major child trafficking hub.
A few days later the two young traffickers you see in the video, dubbed by us Little Mama and Pretty Boy, cleaned out and turned Herkimer’s premier child trafficking spot over to their most visible local ally, Stanley Sykes and his gang, for their own drug and child trafficking use. Stanley was heard to bellow that he paid a franchise fee for the trafficking rights.
Only after Little Mama and Pretty Boy were gone did we realize that for over 2 years, we’d seen them trafficking about 20 – 40 children a week, right next door, with their Herkimer allies running interference. That’s about 1,000 – 2,000 kids a year.
It’s estimated by humanrights.org that each sexually exploited trafficked child nets on average $100,000 a year to his or her captors. The potential profit from the 1000 – 2000 children annually trafficked through Herkimer would be $100-200 million.
Kids trafficked for sex range from 1 to 18 years old. Sex trafficking victims up to roughly 25 years old often started as young as 14. (Ark)
US human trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year industry
Child trafficking’s a hugely profitable business with very low risk: In 2016, the Department of Justice convicted a total of 439 human traffickers, up from 297 in 2015 and 184 in 2014. (humanrights.org)
The Younger the Sex Trafficked Child, the Greater the Profit
Look at the above photo through the calculating eyes of a child trafficking broker. (Yes, there are such people. Mostly women, we think. They exploit the missing mommy factor.) Which of these kids can you get the most for? Certainly the little girl in the yellow dress is prime. As are the two small girls by the car doors. Says the Ark of Hope for Children:
More money can be earned by [sexually exploited] younger girls and boys, especially virgins. Prepubescent girls are reported to be injected with hormones to bring on puberty. Younger girls are expected to have a greater earning potential, and as such are in greater demand.
Herkimer NY – Bustling Child Trafficking Hub
Herkimer’s ideally sited for the center of an extensive child trafficking network. It’s just off of Route I-90, the New York State Turnpike, a major east-west interstate, and within a few hours of New York, Boston and Canada.
We believe what we saw was primarily a brokerage operation, using Herkimer as a way point for newly acquired kids trafficked to Herkimer from Central New York and beyond, then quickly redistributed to the south and east to be broken in to serve the booming underground sex industry of our major metropolitan areas. (Herkimer’s a sparsely populated rural area.)
The needs of Herkimer area pedophiles are serviced by our regional gangs, who sell, trade and rent local kids. They and the big time child traffickers appear to honor their non-compete agreements and cooperate on projects of mutual benefit, such as the production of online kiddie porn.
Herkimer Child Trafficking–A Multi-Million Dollar Enterprise?
I don’t now what the child trafficking network compensation structure is. And there are obviously many partner syndicates involved in this trafficking cartel. Assume the procuring entity that also operates the Herkimer child trafficking collection and distribution point receives a modest 10% brokers’ fee per trafficked child. Grant the assumption 1,000 – 2,000 kids a year begin their enslavement as child prostitutes here in Herkimer. The brokerage commission would be $10 – 20 million per year, conservatively. Some of it stays in Herkimer.
Then there are those kids, probably local and not part of the human trafficking pipeline, who appear to be briefly stashed with some Herkimer area gang families, and sold or rented locally. We’ve seen a lot of kids come and go here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, shuffled from house to house. After a while they vanish.
We’ve also seen some indication that Herkimer’s trafficked children have been used to make internet-based kiddie porn, produced and beamed on-line from here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. (The probable Herkimer kiddie porn film studio was abandoned, sold at tax auction.)
Herkimer Child Trafficking–Dead Kids Walking
Kids trafficked by Little Mama through our neighboring Herkimer location usually appeared freshly obtained, innocent of any knowledge of the abuse and brutality they’d soon suffer, prepped and moved into the underground sex trade. We’ve seen a lot of them. They seemed like nice kids. They could be your kids; they could be our kids.
For almost three years, we witlessly watched thousands of trafficked children slipped through this Herkimer parking lot. That’s a lot of dead kids. We’re so sorry we didn’t notice then. We now watch our neighborhood with new eyes.
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Child Trafficking Relies on Stealth
It was artfully concealed in plain sight, just next door. Only after Little Mama and Pretty Boy had moved on did we realize they were child traffickers, two busy conductors along America’s bustling underground railroad of sex trafficked kids.
Child traffickers create an illusion of normalcy, playing to your preconceptions. Everything you see about them appears ordinary. Nothing jarring, nothing out of context. Unless you know what to look for, you probably won’t spot their operations.
Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue for years was perfect child trafficking cover– a noisy, lawless street, bustling with drug traffickers roaring by day and night, and teeming with kids from transient families. Moving from Florida, we bought our house in March of 2014 and were preoccupied with street harassment and documenting neighborly narcotics trafficking. We pretty much ignored what seemed normal comings and goings.
Little Mama’s Daily Child Shuttle
Almost every morning, five to six days a week, the young woman we named Little Mama drove past our house and into the next door parking lot with an SUV full of kids, mostly 12 or younger. Sometimes another car would arrive. with Little Mama. That one typically had 3-4 toddlers. All the children were white. They’d disappear into Little Mama’s 341 Eureka Ave home, a Jay Smith property. Usually they were gone by morning.
Herkimer Child Trafficking Pattern – Never the Same Kids
Infants and toddlers went into Little Mama’s, but never reappeared. Sometimes the older children would ride bikes, but only in the parking lot. The bikes were issued from the property’s shed. (The kids on Pleasant Avenue didn’t ride bicycles and weren’t allowed in the lot.) Little Mama’s younger kids would also play in the parking lot, but only with each other or the Stanley Sykes gang’s kids.
Our older daughter hung out in our back yard a lot. She was the first to notice: “Only one or two of her kids are ever the same.” We started watching, and she was right. But still, we didn’t tumble to it.
A Heck Of A Lot of Kids
We were very distracted, as intended, and didn’t do the math until long after the traffickers moved on. Then we were astounded–over time, that’s a lot of different kids–easily 1000 a year, possibly as many as 2000, depending on number of days per year, number of unique kids per carload and number of vehicles per day. We don’t know the exact number. But we do know there aren’t that many surplus kids up here in rural New York.
“We never looked too hard–it was just kids.”
At night, cars would quickly come go from the rear of Little Mama’s 341 Eureka Avenue, with visitors slipping in and out. It being Herkimer, we assumed she was just trafficking drugs. We were wrong.
In the morning Little Mama would drive off alone. We thought she might be an after-school care provider and the kids had been picked up by their parents the afternoon before, from the front of her house on Eureka Avenue. We never look too hard–it was just kids.
Our back and side yards were so quiet we only hung a camera out there to catch a brazen tomato thief. The camera faithfully recorded the kids, Little Mama and her associates – coming and going. Pity we didn’t keep most of those clips, but it was just kids.
Then the harassment and vandalism began.
Camera Triggers Herkimer Child Traffickers Attacks
Herkimer’s major child traffickers and their principal local allies, the Stanley Sykes gang, wouldn’t have harassed and vandalized us if we hadn’t put up that $50 mom and pop camera. And if they hadn’t, we wouldn’t have looked with new eyes at their activities, or come to the sickening conclusions we finally did. As our neighbor Joyce Barton taught us, Herkimer’s criminals always attack if you put up cameras. Cameras give away their secrets.
Suddenly our fence was being vandalized, our old dog pelted with rocks and metal, our back yard littered with junk hurled from the parking lot.
On the night of 4/4-4/5/16, our parking lot fence was ravaged. When we went to inspect it from the parking lot side, Little Mama summoned Herkimer cop Jason Crippen, who tried to intimidate us with the threat of trespassing and dog enticement charges. (Crippen later refused to take a well-documented criminal harassment complaint against another cash-heavy Herkimer criminal, Curtis Cool.) The last time this happened, we didn’t record it. This time we did. Here’s Crippen on audio, in our kitchen, trying to intimidate us under the color of law. This was when we still thought Little Mama was just another Herkimer drug trafficker.
Crippen has done quite well for himself, opening a 9000 sq ft upscale Revamp Fitness in downtown Herkimer. He told News Channel 2 he opened the gym partially out of his concern for Herkimer’s elderly population. Crippen continues his duties as a Herkimer police officer, serving elderly citizens such as us.
Little Mama’s management then showed up. (The SUV with the New Jersey colored plate, top right.) One of them visited us that day, our escaped dog in tow: early forties, blonde, well-spoken. She could have been a professional in any large organization, which of course she was. She tacitly apologized for any problems with “our friend Vickie.” The attacks stopped. Cold. It was like a light going out.
We think it was then that the regional child trafficking management team decided to relocate their Herkimer transit point. Child trafficking, like poisoning, only succeeds through stealth. We were well-known for sharing Herkimer crime on our blog, and Little Mama had idiotically attracted our attention. And then there were those government surveillance drones increasingly dotting Herkimer’s skies.
In August 2016, Little Mama and Pretty Boy relocated their Herkimer child trafficking operation and turned the Pleasant Avenue compound over to the Stanley Sykes gang for safekeeping, with Stanley moving into Little Mama’s 341 Eureka Avenue, still owned by Herkimer landlord Jay Smith.