Sometimes the events that occur on the dark web become terrifying stories that show us the darker side of people. According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) report, Michael Truncale, federal district judge in Texas, announced a 40-month prison sentence against an individual charged with child exploitation charges related to a publication on an onion site whose name was not disclosed.
A couple of years ago, local authorities arrested Alexander Nathan Barter, 23, appointed as responsible for a post on a dark web forum expressing his desire to murder and eat a person: “I would like to try necrophilia and cannibalism and know what it’s like to take a life. If you’d be willing to let yourself be killed and live in the southern United States, contact me,” mentions the disturbing publication found by undercover agents browsing underground forums.
A special agent, posing as the father of a 13-year-old girl, contacted the defendant by offering his alleged daughter to satisfy his wishes. Barter fell into the trap and began exchanging messages with the agent for a few days in October 2018, during which time Barter repeatedly expressed his desire to commit the horrific crimes mentioned above.
After some conversations, Barter and the officer agreed to meet to commit the crime at a location provided by the defendant, who recommended the agent buy a disposable phone and some clothes to wear after the murder.
The agreed day was October 19, 2018 in Joaquin, Texas. Just a few minutes after arriving, Barter was arrested by the authorities; the agents in charge of the arrest mention that the individual carried with him a knife, garbage bags, a cell phone and a tablet.
Months unfulesting, Barter pleaded guilty to attempted coerce and incitement to a minor, in addition to distributing child pornography, receiving a 240-month sentence for each charge, or 40 years in prison. After serving his time in prison, Barter must undergo lifetime supervision.
Stephen Cox, a U.S. attorney, says: “Talking about anything online isn’t just talking; this chilling case is the sample. Constant surveillance of the agents responsible for monitoring these websites has allowed a disturbed individual to be arrested before he carries out his plans.”
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