Georgia murder linked to craigslist

Georgia murder linked to craigslist

38-year-old Jamal Hodge of Union City, Georgia, was shot and killed in the nearby city of College Park on November 5th. Police are now saying that his death may have had something to do with an item that he was selling on craigslist. It’s currently unknown what Mr. Hodge was trying to sell, but whatever it was, it seemed important enough for someone to kill for it. A witness has said that two men walked over to Mr. Hodge’s truck and shot him dead. According to the unofficial Craigslist Killing blog, this would make Mr. Hodge victim #106, if this is indeed a craigslist killing.

One thing that struck me about this story was that the Fox 5 Atlanta article mentioned that Mr. Hodge was not only a good man by all accounts, but that he was a martial arts expert as well. When I briefly trained in the martial arts, I saw some masters of it do some amazing things. Unfortunately, even that skill can’t always protect you. With craigslist being as dangerous as it already is, I wouldn’t want my worst enemy using it.

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Mr. Hodge’s family and community that he seemed to be an integral part of.

Georgia murder linked to craigslist
Jamal Hodge

The suspects are still at large.

Atlanta Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this case, please call police at 404-577-TIPS (8477)

Couple found guilty in craigslist murder of Abilene police officer

Couple convicted of murder of Abilene police officer amid doubts of intent
Phillip and Violet Walter

Last week, Violet and Phillip Walter have been convicted in the murder of Abilene, Texas, police officer Don Allen, in his Clyde, Texas, home. Both Walters have been sentenced to 40 years behind bars for Officer Allen’s killing.

Officer Allen’s official cause of death was asphyxiation. Allen had placed a craigslist ad looking for a couple to help commit sex acts that included pegging, (WARNING: Explicit) and communication between Allen and the Walters seem to insinuate that erotic asphyxiation was on the table as well. The deputy medical examiner testified that an accidental death by erotic asphyxiation couldn’t be ruled out. Prosecutors argued that the Walters discussed plans to rob Officer Allen before his death occurred.

APD officer Tim Pipes read a series of text messages sent between Violet and Phillip on the day of Allen’s death. They showed Violet telling Phillip to find a way to get money to prevent impending homelessness and hunger. They then showed that Violet set up a meeting with a person referenced as “Clyde lick.” A Ranger testified earlier in the case that “lick” is slang for a robbery or the victim of a robbery. Another text message from Violet to Phillip says, “Choke him,” with another sent hours before Allen’s death saying, “Take him out all the way, just do it.”

Officer Allen’s death should serve as a warning to others looking to get their rocks off through craigslist. If a police officer isn’t safe from craigslist criminals, neither is anyone else. With craigslist’s low barrier of entry and implied notions of anonymity, crimes like these will only continue to occur.

Truck driving craigslist creeper accused of raping Idaho boy

Truck driving craigslist creeper accused of raping Idaho boy
Kyle Townsend

31-year-old truck driver Kyle Townsend is accused of allegedly raping a 14-year-old boy that he met through craigslist. The Idaho Falls boy had placed an ad on craigslist, looking for a ride to Nevada. Police say that Townsend responded to the ad and picked up the boy at a local mall. Then this is reportedly what happened next…

Court records show Townsend forced the boy to perform sexual acts and then raped him. The teen reported to police he vomited after the assault and Townsend kicked him out of the truck saying the boy was “too easy.”

Townsend is also accused of trying to pick up another boy and sending him nude photos.

This is what a lot of predators do. The first victim in the story, more than likely, was having problems at home. Sexual predators will take advantage of situations like this in order to gain the trust of their victim. They’ll look for kids reaching out for help but instead of lending a helping hand they strike with a closed fist.

Craigslist killing in SC leaves one dead, three arrested

Craigslist killing in SC leaves one dead, three arrested

On October 10th, 22-year-old Branden Boyd was shot and killed during a craigslist transaction involving a cell phone in Calhoun County, South Carolina. Charged with his murder are brothers Chavasse Michael Smith, 19, and Hasani Dion Smith, 17, and 20-year-old Darian Washington.

During the transaction a shootout began between the Smith Brothers and Boyd. Washington has been charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Police say that the Smith Brothers contacted Boyd, who was selling the phone on craigslist, and planned to rob him.

Dylan Lentini convicted of craigslist roommate killing

Dylan Lentini convicted of craigslist roommate killing
Dylan Lentini

Yesterday, 19-year-old Dylan Lentini was convicted in the murder of his roommate, 66-year-old Michael Wimbert of West Nyack, New York. Lentini was homeless when he responded to Wimebrt’s craigslist ad that was looking for a young gay roommate. Lentini stabbed Wimbert close to 30 times, but claimed self-defense saying that the much heavier man tried to rape him. At one point it looked promising for Lentini when he had a number of charges against him dropped and had several of supporters who believed he was a victim. However, his own sister was convinced that Lentini killed Wimbert.

Personally, I have my own doubts about this story. While Wimbert’s craigslist ad makes it appear he was looking for a ‘roommate with benefits’, which has lead to sexual assaults in the past, the number of times Lentini stabbed Wimbert makes me have doubts about the self-defense claim. Unfortunately, there’s not always a clear-cut ending.

Lentini is looking at a term of 25 to life when he is scheduled to be sentenced on November 29th.

Craigslist creeper thought everyone on craigslist was 18

Craigslist creeper thought everyone on craigslist is 18
John Francis Aragon

Investigators responded to a craigslist ad from the Virginia Beach area that reportedly said…

“Im an older Spanish freak man in need of fetish sex with young girl”

They posed as a 14-year-old girl and arrested 50-year-old John Francis Aragon after Aragon allegedly exchanged explicit texts with investigators. When law enforcement approached him, Aragon reportedly replied by saying that he didn’t think the girl was really 14, because he thought that everyone on craigslist was 18, and asked the investigators if they knew what catfishing was.

Police were also said to have found texts from Aragon to a 15-year-old boy, and to someone whom he bragged to about allegedly molesting a 13-year-old boy. The father of three is said to have claimed that these texts were simply ‘fantasy’. All that was missing from his story is that he either wanted to just hang out with the girl, or that he was going to warn her about talking to strange men on the internet. If he had used either of those he would have had craigslist creeper bingo.

Until craigslist starts cleaning their own yard, so to speak, these arrests will continue, which means there are also predators on there who haven’t been caught yet.

UPDATE 11/21/2016: Aragon has pleaded guilty, and is looking at 10 to life at his sentencing, which is sentenced for February.

Michigan craigslist killing leaves father of two dead

Michigan craigslist killing leaves father of two dead

49-year-old Todd Terry, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, was recently shot and killed after responding to a craigslist ad in nearby Inkster. The article and corresponding video doesn’t specify what the ad was for, but since the article makes reference to the fact that Mr. Terry liked to restore bicycles and mopeds It was more than likely for one of those. Tragically there was no moped or bike to be bought as Mr. Terry’s family have indicated that he was killed just for the money he was carrying.

A suspect by the name of Tremayne Alexander has been charged with Mr. Terry’s murder and is allegedly responsible for two other similar crimes in the area.

Todd Terry’s widow is urging others to forgo craigslist…

“They’re creating something that’s not in existence for you to come and bring what? $100? $50? With the plans to kill you. So I tell people to run from it. Don’t even look at it. Don’t even open it up. I wish Craigslist was shut down,” Yvette Terry said.

As I’ve said in the past, due to craigslist’s low threshold of entry, anyone can post an ad saying just about anything they want. This lack of oversight by craigslist has not only led to numerous scams and robberies, but has also led to a multitude of rapes and murders. Craigslist has become nothing but a trap, luring in an overabundance of victims.

Mr. Terry also left behind two sons ages 16 and 13, and the family has set up a GoFundMe account. By all accounts Mr. Terry was a great man. Please donate if you can.

Maine man charged with pimping woman on craigslist in order to pay his bail

Maine man charged with pimping woman on craigslist in order to pay his bail
Curtis H. Moody

47-year-old Curtis H. Moody, of Whitfield, Maine, was in jail on domestic violence charges but didn’t think his cunning plan through when it came to posting his bail. Moody is accused of calling a woman and allegedly ordering her to prostitute herself on craigslist in order to raise bail money for him. He reportedly told the woman to “get it done tonight” but of course, since he was making the call from jail the call was recorded. When the woman was questioned’ she claimed that the craigslist ad was for dates with men, but not sex. You know, like what every pimp tells their prostitutes to say. One could even wonder if the domestic violence was committed against the same woman he tried to prostitute for his bail, or possibly even another woman who Moody could have been trafficking. Pimps normally don’t get women to work for them like that by asking nicely. Violence against the women that are trafficked like that is usually a way of life for them. Think about that the next time someone uses the phrase ‘consenting adults’.

Okla. craigslist creeper wanted to train sex slaves “as low as you want”

Okla. craigslist creeper wanted to train sex slaves "as low as you want"
Kyle Duty

26-year-old Kyle Duty of Norman, Oklahoma, was recently arrested after police discovered a craigslist ad where Duty allegedly promised to train underage sex slaves. The casual encounters ad was said to be for girls “as low as you want”, purportedly referring to the age of his ‘trainees’. For those interested in responding, he requested that the subject in emails read “tech me sir”.

This naturally attracted the attention of state law enforcement who responded to Duty’s ad posing as a stepfather who wanted his 14-year-old stepdaughter to be trained. The responses that law enforcement received from Duty are quite chilling…

“She would be gone for a couple of months hidden away in a basement or somewhere private and secluded where he could torture her to break her will.”

“They don’t trade their services for money, they trade for the sexual submission. Basically, this person would have trained that girl. In other words, she would have started out as his sex slave,” said Mark Woodward of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.”

There were even plans discussed on how to cover up the girl’s disappearance.

Law enforcement arrested him at an agreed meeting place where Duty was said to be in possession of gloves, a rag, and best of all a sword.

Investigators believe that Duty may not have actually hurt any girls but at the time of the original article were still searching for victims.

If you think guys like this don’t actually exist or are just role-playing I’ll refer you to the stories about ‘Master T’ Timothy Gilmore and Edward Bagley Sr. Both men from Missouri were arrested on unrelated crimes. both relating to the keeping or training of sex slaves. Also, Duty’s case can’t be considered BDSM either because even in BDSM the participants are willing and aren’t brought to their masters by a parent or guardian. In short, this not some blow struck against the freedom of people to pursue alternate sexual lifestyles. This is just the arrest of one man who allegedly was on a quest to torture and violate as many underage girls as he could for his own sick satisfaction.

Let us also not forget that this as went unmoderated on craigslist for who knows how long. Craigslist has the power to keep these ads from appearing but would rather do nothing.

TN man missing after hiring caretaker from craigslist

TN man missing after hiring caretaker from craigslist
Ellis Vogt and ‘Janie’

59-year-old Ellis Vogt, of Fayette County, Tennessee, has been missing from his some since at least July 30th. Police are also looking for a woman known only as ‘Janie’, whom Vogt hired off of craigslist to work as a caregiver. Vogt has previously had a stroke and requires medication.

The unknown woman and Vogt may be traveling in Mr. Vogt’s 1999 dark green Plymouth Voyager with Tennessee handicap license plate 100DD31.

If you have information about where these two may be, call the Fayette County Sheriff’s hotline at 901-466-0030.

I’ll post updates as they become available and as time allows.