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Police patrolling the precincts of sin do not often find the streets empty.

How are they to tell the difference between the casual sinner and the criminal?

For this account, both Deery and J were willing to speak openly and at length; transcripts of online chats and police interrogations have also been made available.

The story reflects what they said about themselves and their actions, and presents two very different points of view.

Deery would begin a dialogue, dangling the illicit possibility, gauging how serious her mark was.

There were “players,” those who were just horny and despicable, and there were doers, or at least potential doers, the true bad guys.

He had immediately tapped her with three messages, and she had responded: The sun blazed in from the window to his back porch.

In practice that means looking for people who potentially fit the mold—people who seem as if they might be poised to commit a crime even if they have not yet done so.

One of the many false identities Deery has assumed online is something truly rare, even in this polluted pond—that of a middle-aged mother of two pre-pubescent girls who is offering them up for sex.

Baiting her hook with this forbidden fruit, she would cast the line and wait to see who bit. Men began vying for her attention the minute she logged on, night or day.

Shortly before six o’clock on the evening of Monday, September 19, 2005, Deery went to work in her cave, logging on to Yahoo and expertly navigating its public chat rooms.

In one of the many rooms labeled “fetish,” she logged on with the suggestive screen name “heatherscutiepies.” At this time of day the weirdos were coming home from work, bellying up to their home computers.

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