You ever get that feeling something just isn’t right? When walking across an empty parking lot alone do you feel unsafe? Even in the day time? I’m not talking about that creepy left over Halloween there is Michael Meyers behind you even though there is nothing there feeling. There are always dangers out in this world and most of the time they are from unsuspecting people.
Even doing the most casual of things often leads to disastrous consequences. Have you ever sold anything on Craigslist? While millions of transactions go on without a glitch it only takes one time or the wrong person to make you regret ever placing that textbook on the site.
Craigslist has had more than its fair share of issues. But when it comes down to it Craigslist is a pretty scary place and the site isn’t doing much to make it any better.
There have been over 58 accused or convicted killers with 45 victims reported involving a Craigslist transaction since 2009. In fact, the term “Craigslist Killer” is now synonymous with any homicide where those involved met online with the first with the first being named so only as recently as 2007.
Sound like a lot? Here is a short list of those Killers:
Philip Markoff answered a Craigslist ad for massage services, met a masseuse/former call girl, and killed her, becoming known as the “Craigslist killer.”
Miranda Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour
Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, stabbed and strangled Troy LaFerrara in Pennsylvania, after he responded to her ad for ‘female companionship’ last November.
Richard Beasley and Brogan Rafferty.
Richard Beasley, 53 a self-styled street preacher was convicted of the murder of three men he lured to his Ohio farm by posting bogus job offers on Craigslist helped by teenager Brogan Rafferty which was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for his role in a deadly plot to lure men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job offers.
Michael John Anderson
Michael John Anderson, a resident of Savage, Minnesota, was convicted of having murdered Katherine Ann Olson in October 2007.
Youa Ty Lor from St. Paul, Minnesota wanted to sell his Nissan 350z so he posted it on Craigslist. He was contacted by Dao Xiong from Oakdale and the two arranged to meet in Lake Elmo for a test drive.
What Lor didn’t know was that Xiong was only interested in stealing the car so he could sell the parts.
Alexander Lyons and Lamar Clemons
In February 2011, a 19-year-old male from Michigan posted on Craigslist that he sought to buy a cell phone. Detroit resident Alexander Lyons, 19, responded and offered to sell an Android for $95. His accomplice, 23-year-old Lamar Clemons, drove Lyons to pick up a .380-caliber gun for their planned robbery. Instead of merely robbing his prey, Lyons shot him. Lyons and Clemons were both convicted of first-degree murder.
Alexander Lyons. Mug Shot
John Katehis is an American student who was convicted in 2011 of murdering George Weber, a popular radio reporter, in March 2009.Because Katehis met Weber through Craigslist,the media dubbed him a Craigslist killer, a generic term for murderers who find victims by placing or responding to ads in Craigslist.
Bernard George Lamp
An alleged prostitute, Bonnie Lou Irvine, was murdered after meeting Bernard George Lamp. She was doing so because he responded to her Craigslist ad. Lamp was caught driving Irvine’s Volvo and her body was found at his girlfriend’s house. Lamp met his girlfriend through Craigslist, too.
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