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Kiki Kannibal: A Story of Stupid Hair, Statutory Rape, and Online Stalking in South Florida

Categories: WTF Florida
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To most casual Internet browsers, Kiki Kannibal is just some girl who achieved dubious viral online fame in the MySpace-happy days of 2006 for sporting one of the world's most hideous haircuts.

Five years later, Rolling Stone details the quick rise and tragic personal fall of the teenage Internet queen, a story that played itself out in the suburbs of South Florida as much as it did in the dark corners of cyberspace. The story involves statutory rape, a tragic fall at Aventura Mall, death threats, vandalism, terrible parenting, and online stalking.

Thirteen-year-old Kirsten Ostrenga moved with her family to Coral Springs in 2005. The Ostrenga family thought the move to sunny South Florida would be good for the family, but Kirsten failed to adapt to her new surroundings. According to Rolling Stone, she never fit in with the black and Hispanic students "who dominated her classroom" at Sawgrass Springs Middle School, so she embraced her outsider status and began to experiment with hair dye, turning herself into a proto-"scene queen" and listening to pop-punk and emo bands.

By the time she turned 14, Kirsten had adopted the nickname "Kiki Kannibal" and settled on her signature hairstyle: a giant mess of black-striped blond hair that resembled a dead raccoon. Still feeling lonely, she turned to MySpace to make friends. Fascination (both earnest and ironic) with her hair led to her becoming a bona fide MySpace celebrity and frequent target of online harassment.

Her home address was posted online, and kids begin harassing her at shows. Gum was crammed into her hair, a group of guys in their 20s pestered her to pose for a photo and then punched her in the head, and someone spray-painted slut on her family's garage door. Local police repeatedly said there was little they could do.

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Cespede's Kiki Kannibal Tattoo
Despite the harassment, her parents never insisted Kiki get offline, and soon she met a boy through MySpace. Daniel de Jesus Cespedes came from a broken home in Miami-Dade but had found a modicum of fame online as "Mr. MySpace." He told Kiki and her parents he was 17, though in fact he was 18. The two began dating, and Kiki's parents felt sorry for his home life, so he became a frequent guest at their house. His mother often complained about the dyed hair and eyeliner he often came home with, and called Kiki's parents to complain, "He looks like a fucking faggot!" She even threatened, "You and your daughter, you ain't gonna be around no more!"

Kiki's parents called police, but like before, the officers said there was nothing they could do.

Cespedes, though, wouldn't stop seeing Kiki despite his mother's pleas and even got a tattoo of Kiki, raccoon hair and all, inked on his arm.

But one night, Cespedes pressured Kiki into sex against her will. The abuse continued until Kiki ended the relationship and told her mother about it.

The police finally decided to take action, but Cespedes had recently moved to North Carolina with his family. Cops discovered that Cespedes had a habit of pressuring underage girls, some as young as 12, into sex after meeting them online.

Cespedes eventually returned to Florida several months later, and Kiki learned he was dating a 14-year-old girl. That's when police moved in.

They found Cespedes surrounded by underage girls at Aventura Mall. He also had marijuana stashed in his backpack and cocaine hidden in his shoe.

They quickly cuffed him in the parking garage, but a gust of wind caught a piece of paper Cespedes was holding, so the arresting officer temporarily let him free to retrieve it. That's when Cespedes ran and jumped from the second story of the parking structure. Authorities believe the handcuffed 19-year-old was trying to jump on top of a moving van below but tripped on the railing and fell to the asphalt. He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital and died after spending two months in a coma. A WSVN report on the 2007 incident is titled "Accused molester almost died trying to elude authorities."

Internet detractors began blaming Kiki for his death, and the harassment, both online and in real life, escalated. Her parents decided it was best to leave Coral Springs. Her father took a deep pay cut to transfer, and their Coral Springs home fell into foreclosure before they could sell it.

However, not once did Kiki's parents ever force her offline. Now 18, she lives in Orlando, but her online past continues to haunt her. Her life has been forever marred by the dangers of the Internet and its shady characters, lax law enforcement, and South Florida's crappy real estate market. Oh, and that haircut.

[Rolling Stone: The Girl Who Played with Fire]

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82 comments
emmaduncan57
emmaduncan57

If that child molester thought he could survive a two story jump, he was too stupid to live anyways, thinning the herd, people. And for the record 14 year old girls are pretty much sociopathic anyhow. If it wasn't this girl, they would have found another to emotionally and verbally destroy, it's what they do, until an Eric and Dylan, take them out.

kiki-kannibal
kiki-kannibal

i am kiki kannibal i DONT LIVE IN FLORIDA EVER. THIS ARTICLE IS DEFAMATION!

oxykitten
oxykitten

Just another teenage cyber-whore, who cares?

ashley
ashley

The people on the internet are really heartless, self centered brats. How can you be that evil to a girl? Is it fun bullying other people? GTFO AND GET A LIFE

Werun
Werun

kiki kannibal always had a really bad attitude problem, i dont think it was because of the mr. myspace bull so much as it was she had really bad social skills.

guest
guest

your a fucking asshole -girl that was molested by her brother for 5 years.

uhlaneuh
uhlaneuh

So a teen aged girl dyed her hair, made it a trend, and got popular for it so bitchy teen age girls and low life adults bullied her for it? Sounds more like the bullies were the assholes, not a teenage girls idea of cute. losers.

Cpelata
Cpelata

As I always feel after a New Times article..I feel like I'm missing something? I dont get it..what's the point of this story???

Elaine
Elaine

 And now her sister Kota Koti is following her steps...

Mary Pretty-Wise Wolfson
Mary Pretty-Wise Wolfson

Not only did her parents fail to keep her off the Internet, they have encouraged and allowed her younger sister to become an online personality on tumblr even after seeing all the trouble their oldest daughter had. I think it would have been easier to UNPLUG the damn laptops than constantly relocate and deal with all the things they did. It makes no sense.

jazzy
jazzy

I have hair like hers but mine not stripey so lay off judging people on there looks you need to do somert that is actually worth the bother she was only 14 then cut her some slack will you xxXxx

Jonah Rombro
Jonah Rombro

aww, i feel bad for her. no one should have to deal with that.

dsrs
dsrs

America is mad... Glad I don't live in that asylum / freak show.

golftournaments
golftournaments

I grew up with these people on line, and I read the Rolling Stone article as well... Not only is it the parents fault, (mostly the parents fault) but she is not as innocent as portrayed in that article, she has said and done many things that have been very offensive to others and herself and same to the fans/non fans. You should never put things on the internet that you are going to regret later in life. Even as a 15 year old I was told this... While I feel bad for her, I also feel that she was using her sexuality to sell her product. 

Ava Han
Ava Han

Your blog sounds like a one big hater... she is nothing but a mere teenage girl in adolescent age when you can hardly distinguish which is right or wrong ..Most of us go through that stage and learn afterwards what is right or wrong.. Through her pictures, you can tell she is one creative person and likes things in a different way.. You shouldn't judge someone like that .. you sound so boring copying another article.. -_- ........ It is true that her parents are at fault not forcing her offline.. they should have done it if ominous things started happening around her....Internet is useful but evil at times..

Jonwashere12234
Jonwashere12234

wtf?? How is it that i'm the same age as her and live in coral springs but i have never heard of this?

Leonessa75
Leonessa75

Parents should of put her in private school, banned internet from start and help her to build identity with who she was. Parents nieve to an amazing fault. I wish the best for all. So sad.

Lauryn Castiel Calfucci
Lauryn Castiel Calfucci

God...Some of you people are just disgusting...Saying that she's a waste of human life, that she deserved everything that happened to her and STILL hating on her after all she's been through. Nobody deserves that amount of hate. Nobody. And saying she's a waste of human life...What makes YOU so much better? If you have nothing better to do than insult a girl who you don't know over the internet, who's had something like this happened to her, then you're not doing much with with your life...So in fact, YOU'RE the waste.I wasn't much of a fan of Kirsten before now, but after reading about this I have SO much more respect for her.

Kiki Kuntrag
Kiki Kuntrag

Bravo, the Ostrengas cleverly concucted this sob story so people would sympathize and buy more of their daughters' useless merchandise

iamahuman
iamahuman

Kiki Kannibal is a waste of human life. I don't know if anyone remembers, but four years ago a girl named Samantha Bestwick passed away, and Kiki went on her stickam page and accused Sami of faking her own death for attention. There's even a video of her and her white trash mom talking about it, and even after she found the video confirming that her death was indeed real, she sat there and talked for a good amount of time about how she still wasn't convinced. Not sure if she ever apologized for it, but the whole time she was saying, "Oh I don't believe it, I'm allowed to believe what I want." She really tried to defend herself, instead of admitting she was wrong. She deserved everything she had coming to her. Complete udder waste of life. 

Edayris Hernandez
Edayris Hernandez

Well the guy got what he deserved though o would have preferred he had spent his life in jail

EmoKilla
EmoKilla

Friends dont let friends listen to Emo!

yepyepyep
yepyepyep

How about instead of moving to grandma's and hiding nonstop you TURN OFF THE COMPUTER! So much of the drama would have stopped if her parents had just stepped in and unplugged the damn computer.

pfff
pfff

Srsly? Do you consider yourself a jornalist? Is this shit news? What a piece of shit you are. You shouldn't talk about this girl like this. In fact, the way you talk about her you probaly was one of those assholes who cursed her.

Sharkypie
Sharkypie

leave her alone she has been through all that shit. who give a fuck about her hair and shit like that. if she likes it she likes it back off.

ReRat
ReRat

I think it's stupid that people feel sorry for her because she says she was raped. Thats a load of crap. Statutory rape and being forced upon is completely different. If she really didn't want it to happen she could have done more. 

francis d
francis d

Well, enough people have already pointed out that you just wrote a summary of the R.S. article. Just a kid, with lunatics crawling out of the woodwork to make her life miserable. I've spent too much of my life living in Florida. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Florida is one giant s..t hole. Even the state's bloggers are too unimaginative to have a thought of their own.

troll
troll

 @ashley because the girl acted bitchy so i called her "SLUT"

 

it's only normal for people to hate the girl because she was craving crazily for attention. it's kinda annoying in some ways. She was playing with fire.

uizstupid
uizstupid

 @ashley because girls are exempt from being shitty people? the fuck is your logic.

troll
troll

Bullying people is fun. I'm not lying.

 

so you have to be careful not to make yourself as a target for bullies ^J^

kolkolkolkolkol....

troll
troll

what? you feel bad for her? o.O

 

oh come on! she was the one who started playing with fire and betch all over myspase! geez

troll
troll

i really don't get why people feel bad for her :/

saraya67
saraya67

She is nineteen years old now

SarahAnne
SarahAnne

I don't understand how a private education would have changed this situation.

Laylaabouseed
Laylaabouseed

Idk if it's true but I herd someone murdered her cat over 'hating' on her.. I'm 21 years old and would kill that person who touched my cat or hers.. She did nothing wrong put post crop toped pics I see 1/2 the girls on the net do that n worse bikinis and underwear and naked ones.. Last time I checked your able to be your self as in do whatever the hell you want with your hair I just recently found her n her little sisters videos and they both seem nice n are beautiful girls.. What they speak there mind? So freedom of speech

bigbang9539
bigbang9539

@iamahuman this is the worst comment i've ever read. people have no sympathy these days. it doesn't matter what the heck she did, no one is a waste of human life and no one deserves this

Guest
Guest

 This is the kind of bullshit that kills me right here.  "If she really didn't want it to happen she could have done more".  YES, let's blame the victim.  And why, pray tell, is it only rape victims that kind of lunacy applies to.  I'll just go out and shoot somebody then claim, "Oh, if they /really/ didn't want to die they would've run faster." 

kokode
kokode

 @uizstupid Don't even bother, that "ashley" is most likely one of the Ostrengas anyways, since it seems like none of them have a life or a job and are 24/7 sitting in front of their computers deleting everything they find that shows who they really are and telling people who know the truth to f*ck off, it's really pathetic, but true.

troll
troll

they're not good girls, believe me.

 

and their parents is just so ignorant so they're craving for attention in the internet.. stupid girls

 

by the way, they're not beautiful. They're just VERY GOOD WITH PHOTOSHOP ;D

Hate-overLove
Hate-overLove

LEAVE KiKi ALONE! (Chris crocker scream) ^.^ but really your all jealous her n Dakota are gorgeous with huge stunning eyes! Bye

Sigh
Sigh

It wasn't a one time thing. she boasted about her sexual relationship all over myspace. She sexualised herself. her mum found used condoms all over her room and she allowed him to stay under her roof in her young daughters room? It wasn't a one time he "forced himself on her". She consented. Maybe she was too immature to really grasp what she was doing but that's when her grown ass mother should have stepped in and set out some ground rules. What kind of mother let's their 13-14 year old go out with a 17-18 year old anyway? should be obvious to her unless she's dumb that that's not a good combination. 

troll
troll

HER EYES ARE FAKE PEOPLE!!!

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