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.
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’.
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.
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.
Even though the woman responded to a craigslist ad for adult videos, and even though she may have known she was going to a porn audition, and even though she changed her mind about it once she was there, none of that is ever an excuse for rape. Although the article doesn’t state it, one has to wonder if Cox has any connection to porn or was he just using the ad in an attempt to deceive women into having sex with him? In case you’re lacking any sense of moral decency, that would be considered rape as well.
Police in the state of Washington, received over a thousand responses after posting ads on craigslist that purported to be offering children for sex. One of the ads was entitled “New to Spokane. Young fam fun.” Out of those thousand responses police managed to arrest 40 people who were looking to basically rape children. Only two of those arrested were registered sex offenders. Even a married couple was arrested where the husband allegedly claimed that his wife had fantasies of having sex with a child but never had the opportunity.
The number of responses to these fake ads show that there are obviously real ads on craigslist where children are being traded for sex. It is well within craigslist’s power to do something about these ads but they continue to fail to do so. Not only are there software solutions to this problem, but there are companies that specialize in moderating this kind of content. In the past craigslist has banned ads for unlocked iPhones when that was still frowned upon but continues to do nothing about the obvious sexual predators that inhabit their site.
The problem is that even with all the bad publicity that craigslist receives for being a blatant repository for the child sex trade, it hasn’t cost the company any money. People still continue to use the site supporting it financially and unfortunately I don’t know what it would take to get people to stop. If child rape isn’t enough to make them quit then I don’t know what is.
“Hadley is accused of telling the responders that the victim wanted the responders to have forcible sexual intercourse with her, even if she screamed or resisted,” the district attorney’s office said.
In case you were wondering, yes, there are desperate enough losers who think ads like this are real. Unfortunately men did start showing up at the victim’s home in Anaheim. One suspect even physically attacked the woman before she could call for help. That man is still on the loose.
Hadley had been arrested for these ads back in late June but was recently arrested again, while out on bail, for allegedly continuing to harass and threaten the victim with violence. She’s now being held on $1M bond.
Sadly, this is hardly the first case of craigslist being used for what I call rape by proxy. Just off the top of my head I can remember Jebidiah James Stipe who had his ex-girlfriend raped through craigslist three states away, the unidentified man from Kannapolis, North Carolina, who had his wife raped by another man through craigslist, and Justin Crawford who tried to have his wife raped through craigslist, but she was able to fight off her attackers.
Again, it comes down to the fact that craigslist continues to leave their ads largely unmoderated unless it suits their needs, as Hadley was reportedly able to continually post ads soliciting men to try to rape her victim.
Even though this arrest happened late last month, there’s not a lot of details concerning this story. What is known is that late in June, 22-year-old Zachary Taylor Garrett, of Kansas City, Kansas, was arrested for allegedly attempting to sell a two-year-old child on craigslist for the purposes of someone having sex with the child.
What hasn’t been made public is Garrett’s relationship to the child, which was probably done to protect the child’s identity. However, it’s currently unknown if the child belonged to Garrett or not. Another detail that hasn’t been made clear is who placed the craigslist ad that Garrett responded to. One report states that the ad was posted by someone else but doesn’t go into much detail after that. Garrett allegedly offered the child to undercover investigators, but it’s unknown if they were the ones who posted the ad, and it’s unclear what the ad was requesting. Unfortunately, someone selling a child for sex on craigslist is not exactly an uncommon occurrence.
As I’ve long lamented, as long as craigslist refuses to moderate their ads depraved acts like this will continue to occur on its pages, and as long as we act indifferently towards craigslist they’ll continue to allow it.
UPDATE 11/1/2016:Garrett pleaded guilty to raping the 2-year-old girl in order to ‘get her ready’ for someone else. This scumbag entered into a plea so the feds would drop their charges as long as he pleaded guilty to state charges and saw a sentence of at least 25 years. While this cretin deserves what he’s sown to be returned a hundredfold, he should get at least life without parole.
27-year-old Christopher Dunkes is a police officer in Montgomery County, Maryland. He’s been suspended without pay because he was recently arrested in an online sting conducted by the Prince William County Police in Virginia. Officer Dunkes is accused of allegedly soliciting sex from an underage girl on craigslist who was actually Prince William investigators. Dunkes reportedly asked the 15-year-old ‘girl’ twice for a specific sex act and was arrested at a local Target.
Two things should be noted about this story. The first is that it’s hard for a community to trust police when one of them is allegedly trolling craigslist for girls. The other is that the job of craigslist’s community police is being done by the actual police instead.
42-year-old Kenneth Rex Church, of York, Pennsylvania, is being held on $500K bond for allegedly soliciting sex from minors who he met through craigslist. The first giveaway that Church may be a creeper was the ad he allegedly placed in the ‘casual encounters’ section of craigslist.
“I’m a middle aged man who has just gotten to the point where all I can think about are younger girls for sex.”
Later in the ad, he is accused of writing, “Young age is all that matters.”
Not a lot of wiggle room in that ad, so to speak.
Next came the texts to the 14-year-old girl who responded to his ad…
“I’m nervous cuz in not old enough. Cant I get into trouble??????”
Church, according to the complaint, responded, “Not as much as I can.”
“Since I’m an adult I should know better. If I were found out then I would be most likely arrested and charged with breaking a lot of laws.
To everyone else, you’d be the victim of an adult preying on you and seducing you (that would be me).”
SPOILER ALERT, the girl was an undercover investigator who probably had the easiest arrest of their career since Church seems to know exactly what kind of trouble he could have gotten himself into.
Again, there’s your typical denizen of the casual encounters section posting an ad that did not get flagged by craigslist’s community police, yet poor poor craigslist says they can’t spare a dime for moderators. Oh that $6M second house that Craig Newmark bought in New York? He must have got the money from returning soda cans or something. Move along, nothing to see here.