July 6, 2012
A northeastern Kansas man has taken down a website where he posted mugshots of people arrested in Johnson County and charged up to $200 to remove them.
The Kansas City Star reports that 30-year-old Matthew Creed, of Shawnee, said he received death threats over the site he called blabbermouthkc.com.
Creed's two-month-old website featured a map of the bi-state Kansas City area with dots showing the Kansas or Missouri hometowns of people arrested in Johnson County. Clicking on the dots brought up the mugshots and addresses of people arrested -- whether or not they were ever formally charged, much less convicted.
Some of the photos were of people arrested for such infractions as being a minor in possession of tobacco, or driving with expired registration.
Some critics called Creed's business extortion or blackmail.