The information age comes with countless advantages, streamlining communication and allowing people to connect instantaneously.
In the past, several contacts and coordination were often required to get people on the samebut today mobile phones and computer technology link us at all times. In business, deals can be conducted in real-time and global economics benefit from our ability to stay connected in so many different ways. But the access created by so many forms of communication also crosses privacy boundaries, and sometimes compromises our ability to insulate ourselves from undesirable elements.
Social networking, for example, puts people at risk when managed improperly. Safe practices aside, Craigslist crimes are real threats — just ask the unsuspecting victims. Brogan Rafferty was impressionable enough to participate in a crime spree hatched on Craigslist, participating willingly in the affair. Along with his mentor, Richard Beasley, Rafferty placed on Craigslist seeking laborers to work on a fictitious Ohio ranch. Instead of employment, respondents were murdered and robbed.
The duo successful snuffed-out three job-seekers, attempting to kill a fourth man who escaped. The men were arrested after he went to the police with the outrageous story. Despite claiming he was coerced, Brogan Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison, the maximum penalty for his crime. He was a minor at the time of the killings, so the death penalty was not on the table.
Richard Beasley, the demented mentor, was not as lucky.
He was sentenced to death in April, for the Craigslist murders. College students are always looking for some extra cash, but Tamla Hutchins would not willingly prostitute herself to get it. Instead, she was lured into forced Craigslist prostitution by a nefarious would-be pimping duo named Carlton Simons and Shenett Reevey.
According to the casework, the pair promised the student an opportunity to meet famous stars like P-Diddy and the rapper Lil John.
Instead, she was forced to prostitute herself using Craigslist. The crime brought the victim from her home in North Carolina to Queens New York where the plot unfolded. For his role, Carlton Simmons was sentenced to six years in prison. Some Craigslist crimes go unsolved, partly because of the nature of the site.
Often, one-on-one meetings are arranged on Craigslist, which is never a good idea. In the case of Ms. Jou, a man has already confessed to involuntary manslaughter and served a portion of the 5-year term he received for the crime. According to John Steven BurgessDonna Jou responded to his Craigslist ad and ed him for cocaine and heroin before dying at his home.
When he woke to find her dead, he panicked and threw her body into the ocean. The truth of the is suspect, and Burgess has already been released after serving a few years in prison.
In fact, Burgess has since been arrested after again using Craigslist to lure women to his home. Responding to a Craigslist ad for a babysitter put Katherine Olson in touch with Amy, a mother needing childcare from — The details were set before Ms.
Olson reported to work at a split-level home in Savage.
Once there, she was coaxed into an upper area of the home and murdered in cold blood. Michael Anderson, her killer, was a 19 year old man with poor social skills. He killed Ms. Olson with a. The motive for the killing is largely unknown, though Anderson received the mandatory life without parole sentence. The highly publicized saga of the Craigslist Killer involved charges stemming from the death of Julissa Brisman, as well as two additional assaults carried out on women responding to Craigslist. The case drew scrutiny for the unlikely perpetrator, who was a pre-med student and seemingly normal chap.
As it turns out, Mr. Markoff had a dark side, displaying sexual deviance and other hidden irregularities.
But perversion is not thought to be the primary motives for the assaults. Rather, Mr. Markoff took his own life inwhile serving a life sentence in prison.
Michael Delgado called a maid he found on Craigslist to clean his home, but evidence pointed to a different motive for bringing her in. According to the year old maid that came to his home, Delgado was little more than an opportunistic Craigslist rapist.
Once there, she claims to have been raped for over an hour, leading to false imprisonment, assault and rape charges against Delgado. Tried at the end ofMr. He will be retried on at least some of the charges.
The internet swap meet does not maintain a section for human trafficking. Marquez posted the ad out of irritation with his newfound girlfriend who mothered the .
The Craigslist ad was flagged and removed, but the perseverant Marquez reposted the offer. Seeking the finer things in life is to be admired, but pursuing high-end wine from a discount Craigslist posting carried unanticipated risks for one wine aficionado. When Quy Duc Nguyen showed up to purchase a handful of rare bottles, he got more than he bargained for.
Traveling all the way from coast to coast, his arrival was tainted by a beating and robbery that left him with sour grapes.
Jonathan Clements used Craigslist to advertise his need for a new mobile phone. Following safe protocols, the meeting was arranged for a public gas station where safety would not be an issue for the men.
Lyons pretended to be lost though, and instead was directed to Mr. Lyons was prepared for violence, and soon shot the unsuspecting buyer with a semi-automatic handgun. Clements died at the hospital a short time later. A life sentence was handed-down to Lyons, and the accomplice who furnished the weapon was also charged with murder. Craigslist is widely used for selling cars and motorcycles, so meet-ups are scheduled frequently.
Unfortunately, a car thief was trolling the wires looking for victims. Lor agreed to meet Dao Xiong for a test drive, but Xiong reportedly never intended to buy the vehicle.
He claims to have been interested only in stealing it, but his plans went awry when Mr. Lor was killed with a forty caliber semi-auto handgun. The murder weapon and telephone records quickly tied Xiong to the crime, leading to his arrest and conviction for the killing.
He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. When George Weber placed an ad on Craigslist, he was seeking a partner for a sex-related meet-up. He had a particular preoccupation with knives, which he eventually used to stab Mr. Weber to death. More than 50 stab wounds were present on his body and neck, inflicted by the sixteen year-old killer.
Katehis was charged with second-degree murder, as an adult.
Answering for sex is the standard approach for this Craigslist criminal, known as the Long Island Serial Killer. The unidentified perpetrator is though to be responsible for as many as 15 murders in the GilGo Beach area. Over the course of several years, 10 bodies have been recovered from the area, each linked to the killer. While theories abound, it is certain the killer preys on prostitutes and women advertising sex on Craigslist.
Ronald Kroll used Craigslist for its intended function, placing an ad to sell his boat.
After communicating with an interested buyer, Darin Leutbeckerby phone, a test-drive was arranged and the men met at the boat. The 37 year-old Kroll fought back after Leutbecker pulled a gun on him, resulting in shots fired.