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    COLUMBUS, Ohio – A jobseeker from Florida who responded to a bogus Craigslist ad for a job on a southeast Ohio cattle farm was found dead, buried in a shallow grave, and another from South Carolina was shot but escaped by running away through the woods, a sheriff said Thursday.

    Noble County Sheriff Stephen Hannum said two men were taken into custody after cadaver dogs found the body of the Florida man this week in a grave in a remote area outside Caldwell, a small village about 80 miles east of Columbus.

    The Akron Beacon Journal identified the two as a 16-year-old student from Stow-Munroe Falls High School and a 52-year-old Akron man.

    The adult is being held in the Summit County Jail on $1 million bond, the newspaper said. His attorney could not be reached for comment. No further information was available about the juvenile.

    Hannum said the search was undertaken after the South Carolina man escaped from the area on Nov. 6 and notified police, who later found a hand-dug grave authorities believe had been meant for him.

    An autopsy on the Florida man was being performed Thursday in Licking County, outside Columbus, and Hannum said names of the suspects and victims were being withheld until at least Friday.

    Authorities received a call five days after the South Carolina man was shot from the Florida man's twin sister, concerned that her brother had not been heard from since Oct. 22 in Parkersburg, W.Va., the sheriff said. The twin, in Boston, said her brother had responded to what she believed was the same Craigslist ad, which sought a caretaker for cattle on a 688-acre farm.

    The sheriff said the South Carolina man had been told to carry his belongings to Ohio because he'd be living at the farm, and robbery was believed to be the motive.

    "It seems that this was just a ruse to lure victims into the trap, most likely to commit a murder and relieve the deceased of their personal property," Hannum said.

    He said it was unknown how long the ad had been online or how many people may have responded.

    The sheriff said the call prompted officers to return to the remote area, where they found the grave believed to have been intended for the South Carolina man.

    "A grave obviously had been dug that we assume had been dug for him, but he was shot and wounded and he got away," Hannum said. "We brought in cadaver dogs thinking that a possibility that the person that was advertising on Craigslist and lured this guy down here may very well have lured someone else to the same area. Our hunch was correct."

    The cadaver search began Monday, and officers found the body the following day. The suspects were arrested Wednesday in Summit County, in northeast Ohio, about 90 miles away.

    Hannum said the South Carolina man had hidden in the woods for about seven hours with a gunshot wound to his arm.

    The man eventually made his way to a house about 2 miles away. He told police he had been walking in a wooded area with one of the men when he heard a gun cock and turned to see a firearm pointed at his head. He pushed it away and ran. He said multiple shots were fired and he was hit once.

    The man said he had met the others for breakfast and later rode with them in a vehicle, believing he was headed to the farm, until he was told a landslide had closed the road and entered the woods on foot.

    Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has urged people to take precautions when using the site.

    "It's been devastating to see that it can also be used by bad people to take cruel advantage of others," he said in 2009 at a ceremony honoring a Minnesota woman who died after responding to a phony ad for a baby sitter.
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – A jobseeker from Florida who responded to a bogus Craigslist ad for a job on a southeast Ohio cattle farm was found dead, buried in a shallow grave, and another from South Carolina was shot but escaped by running away through the woods, a sheriff said Thursday.

    Noble County Sheriff Stephen Hannum said two men were taken into custody after cadaver dogs found the body of the Florida man this week in a grave in a remote area outside Caldwell, a small village about 80 miles east of Columbus.

    The Akron Beacon Journal identified the two as a 16-year-old student from Stow-Munroe Falls High School and a 52-year-old Akron man.

    The adult is being held in the Summit County Jail on $1 million bond, the newspaper said. His attorney could not be reached for comment. No further information was available about the juvenile.

    Hannum said the search was undertaken after the South Carolina man escaped from the area on Nov. 6 and notified police, who later found a hand-dug grave authorities believe had been meant for him.

    An autopsy on the Florida man was being performed Thursday in Licking County, outside Columbus, and Hannum said names of the suspects and victims were being withheld until at least Friday.

    Authorities received a call five days after the South Carolina man was shot from the Florida man's twin sister, concerned that her brother had not been heard from since Oct. 22 in Parkersburg, W.Va., the sheriff said. The twin, in Boston, said her brother had responded to what she believed was the same Craigslist ad, which sought a caretaker for cattle on a 688-acre farm.

    The sheriff said the South Carolina man had been told to carry his belongings to Ohio because he'd be living at the farm, and robbery was believed to be the motive.

    "It seems that this was just a ruse to lure victims into the trap, most likely to commit a murder and relieve the deceased of their personal property," Hannum said.

    He said it was unknown how long the ad had been online or how many people may have responded.

    The sheriff said the call prompted officers to return to the remote area, where they found the grave believed to have been intended for the South Carolina man.

    "A grave obviously had been dug that we assume had been dug for him, but he was shot and wounded and he got away," Hannum said. "We brought in cadaver dogs thinking that a possibility that the person that was advertising on Craigslist and lured this guy down here may very well have lured someone else to the same area. Our hunch was correct."

    The cadaver search began Monday, and officers found the body the following day. The suspects were arrested Wednesday in Summit County, in northeast Ohio, about 90 miles away.

    Hannum said the South Carolina man had hidden in the woods for about seven hours with a gunshot wound to his arm.

    The man eventually made his way to a house about 2 miles away. He told police he had been walking in a wooded area with one of the men when he heard a gun cock and turned to see a firearm pointed at his head. He pushed it away and ran. He said multiple shots were fired and he was hit once.

    The man said he had met the others for breakfast and later rode with them in a vehicle, believing he was headed to the farm, until he was told a landslide had closed the road and entered the woods on foot.

    Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has urged people to take precautions when using the site.

    "It's been devastating to see that it can also be used by bad people to take cruel advantage of others," he said in 2009 at a ceremony honoring a Minnesota woman who died after responding to a phony ad for a baby sitter.
    I can't tell you how much business I have done off of craigslist, I am so lucky something like this has never happened. In 2010 when I couldnt find shit for work I always used to use craigslist to get short term gigs and whatnot.
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    That was unbelievably sick.

    Good gracious.

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    Interesting that this popped back up...

    There's an actual update!!

    Published: March 13 2013

    A middle-aged man and his teenage accomplice have both been found guilty of a series of murders carried out through fake ads on Craigslist.

    Richard Beasley, an ex-convict and former street preacher, has been found guilty on all charges related to a series of murders he plotted through the use of Craigslist. Beasley lured David Pauley, 51, of Virginia; Ralph Geiger, 56, of Ohio; and Timothy Kern, 47, of Ohio to their deaths with a listing for a non-existent job in 2011. The 53-year-old also tried the same ploy on Scott Davis, 48, but the South Carolinian man escaped with only a gunshot wound to his right arm.

    Prosecutors say that Beasley used the false ads to draw his victims to an isolated farm in Noble County, Ohio, where he robbed and killed them before burying the bodies in shallow graves. The investigation into these crimes began when Scott Davis reported his encounter with Beasley to law enforcement, stating he had responded to an offering of work as a caretaker for cattle on the 688-acre farm. Davis would later become a key witness in the trial.

    The Akron, Ohio jury found Beasley guilty on 9 counts aggravated murder, 1 count attempted murder, 4 counts aggravated robbery, 4 counts kidnapping, 4 counts of having weapons under disability, 1 count identity theft, 1 count grand theft, and 2 counts petty theft. They will reconvene on March 20th to decide whether to sentence him to death.

    Beasley’s accomplice in the Craigslist killings, 18-year-old Brogan Rafferty, was convicted at the end of 2012. Rafferty was 16 at the time of the homicides and, though he was tried as an adult, was considered too young for the death penalty. He is presently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.







    http://www.longisland.com/news/03-13...t-murders.html
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    This is just all sorts of fucked up.

 

 

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