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TN man missing after leaving for craigslist job

George Higgins

George Higgins

34-year-old George Higgins of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, has been missing for close to a month. He left his home in order to take a maintenance job that he found on craigslist. His family spoke with him the day the job was supposed to start and that was the last time they spoke with him. The last location for Higgins’ cell phone was almost 90 miles away in Mineral Bluff, Georgia.

If you may have seen George Higgins call Soddy Daisy Police at 423-332-3577

As much as I’m praying for Mr. Higgins to be returned safely to his family I can’t help but be reminded of Richard Beasley of Ohio. Beasley used phony craigslist employment ads to lure several men to their deaths in order to steal their identities so he could avoid prosecution for other crimes. However I hope to God that’s not the case here.

Abilene cop latest victim of craigslist killing

Phillip and Violet Walter

Phillip and Violet Walter

The body of 27-year-old Abilene, Texas police officer Don Allen was found in his home on August 31st of this year. According to recently released court documents Allen had placed an ad on the craigslist personals that one local media outlet called too explicit for publication. Investigators believe that his alleged killers, Violet and Phillip Walter, responded to the ad. The cause of death has not yet been released but the motive may have been a simple robbery as the pair were allegedly caught pawning some of Allen’s possessions. The pair have been charged with first-degree murder.

My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Officer Allen.

I’ll post more details as they become available.

UPDATE 10/8/2015: Officer Allen’s cause of death has officially been listed as strangulation in the act of homicide. Also the Walters were said to have allegedly been in possession of some of Officer Allen’s police gear and that his service pistol is still missing.

Craigslist safe havens at police departments show the inherent problem with craigslist


Ever since the craigslist murders of Bud and June Runion in Georgia police departments around the country, much like the one in Houston, Texas, featured here, have been offering their properties as safe havens to complete craigslist transactions. While I think it is an enormous gesture of good will on the part of law enforcement it’s a huge indicator of just how much of a problem craigslist has become.

Think about it for a second. Hundreds of police departments around the country think that it is safer for you to sell or buy something off of craigslist on their properties than anywhere else in public view. That is how dangerous craigslist has become over the years and it might even be safe to assume that even that might not stop a criminal from committing a crime against a potential craigslist victim.

It’s been many years since craigslist was the friendly San Francisco Bay area classifieds. Due to their global reach and low point of entry it has degenerated into a wasteland of scams and violent crime.

Craigslist pulls ads for synthetic weed but other ads get a pass


This is an article our of the state of New York about how happy state legislators are that craigslist has pulled all ads for the synthetic marijuana substitute known as K2, spice, and several other different names. K2 is much more dangerous than normal marijuana and has been known to cause very detrimental side effects including psychotic episodes. This is reminiscent of when craigslist pulled all the ads for the malt beverage Four Loko when it was first pulled from shelves.

Don’t get me wrong. Craigslist should be commended for pulling these ads. My only question is if craigslist can pull all the ads for K2 then why can’t they pull all the ads that have titles like “Any dads like to perv over their young sons?” or “Donate for the Mom and daughter fantasy”. That’s not even considering all the people who advertise on craigslist for sex with dogs. I don’t mean ugly people either. I mean actual dogs.

Craigslist shows they can pull these ads but it has to be asked why won’t they?

Woman raped after responding to craigslist roommate ad near Chicago

Farhad Tanzif

Farhad Tanzif

Police in Des Plaines, Illinois, have arrested 50-year-old Farhad Tanzifn for allegedly raping a woman he met through craigslist. Police say that Tanzifn placed an on craigslist looking for a roommate and agreed to give the room to a 45-year-old woman. When the woman returned with her belongings Tanzifn allegedly raped her at knife point.

It doesn’t matter which section of craigslist you may use, the odds are there’s some kind of criminal lurking on the other side of the ad and as much as I hate to say it, those odds greatly increase if you’re a woman. That may sound insensitive but unfortunately that’s the way it is on craigslist these days.

“Panties panties panties m4m”

Nathan Allen Sayler

Nathan Allen Sayler

Who would have thought that a guy posting an ad on craigslist looking for panties would be some kind of sexual predator? Especially after this tasteful ad…

An ad posted on Craigslist titled “Panties panties panties m4m” read: “I’m looking for. Wife’s girlfriends daughters mothers whatever or who ever panties willing to sell or trade??? Cute or sexy. Don’t matter just want some new ones!!!”

Apparently anybody with a shred of common sense which included a Yellowstone County Detective in Montana. After responding to the ad the man who allegedly placed the ad, 38-year-old Nathan Allen Sayler of Billings, Montana, eventually turned the conversation to wanting to trade young girls and had sent child porn to the detective to prove he was for real. Sayler has been charged with sexual abuse of children and solicitation of sexual abuse of children. I would imagine that covers child porn as well.

It really does take all kinds but the really sick ones are on craigslist.

“Any dads like to perv over their young sons?”

Joseph Leon Love

Joseph Leon Love

25-year-old Joseph Leon Love was a teacher in Norman, Oklahoma. I say was because he got into a little hot water after allegedly posting the following ad on craigslist…

“Any dads like to perv over their young sons, let’s talk. I want to talk to any real dads out there who have sons and like to think pervy thoughts about them. Let’s have some hot chat.”

That’s not even trying to hide what you’re after.

Of course he was contacted by an undercover detective posing as the father of a young boy. Love reported said he’d bring weed for the three of them to smoke and grape wine coolers for the boy to get him to loosen up. Love was arrested at a meeting place set up by police and since his arrest he’s resigned from the school district.

I have to ask craigslist is it community policing when it’s being done by the actual police? Self-moderation would go a long way in keeping your site from being the go to choice of predators looking for new victims.

Idaho man shot and killed by your latest craigslist killers

Marshall and Kimball

Marshall and Kimball

53-year-old Kent Storrer of Twin Falls, Idaho, was shot and killed while he and his son-in-law were trying to sell his son-in-law’s car on craigslist. Police say that 22-year-old Jerry Burton Kimball and 20-year-old Jacob Lyn Marshall responded to the ad and took the car for a test drive. After the drive Marshall allegedly shot both men and he and Kimball then took off with the car. Mr. Storrer succumbed to his injuries while his son-in-law, 32-year-old Jasper Qualls, survived. Marshall was arrested after a police chase where he is said to have rammed a police cruiser with the stolen car while Kimball later turned himself in.

Sadly this is not the first major craigslist related crime to happen in Twin Falls. Back in 2012, Justin Crawford tried to have his wife raped multiple times through craigslist. He posed as his wife of the classifieds site and claimed to be into rape fantasies.

So just because you live in a small town or rural America don’t think craigslist is safe by any means.

My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Mr. Storrer.

Mass. AG’s office takes over local Backpage sex party investigation

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Recently in Auburn, Massachusetts, a sex party in a Holiday Inn room was broken up by police. The party was said to have been facilitated on both craigslist and Backpage. Some of that facilitation must have been prostitution since the alleged party organizers, Jon A. Lowell, 45, and Courtney C. Nicholopoulos, 39, have both been charged with deriving money from prostitution.

The investigation has recently been taken over by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. AG Maura Healey has been a very vocal opponent of Backpage stating the following in the wake of Sanisha Johnson’s murder

In a statement from earlier this month, Healey said, ““As we have seen through our office’s work, Backpage.com and the internet have become increasingly popular vehicles for commercial sexual exploitation. In fact, most of the human trafficking cases that our office has prosecuted specifically involve advertisements on Backpage. It is clear that Backpage must do more to end the kind of exploitation that is advertised every day on its site. Today, I am calling on Backpage to immediately shut down the ‘adult’ section of its website – a long overdue step that I urge them to take now.”

While Backpage is on its financial knees we need more politicians to keep pounding away at them until they submit. So far Backpage has been an evil that has triumphed because too many good people have done nothing.

Elytte Barbour seeks new trial for craigslist thrill kill

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Last year Elytte Barbour and his wife Miranda pleaded guilty to the murder of Troy LaFerrara in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and were both sentenced to life without parole. The husband and wife pair lured LaFerrara to his death by posing as a prostitute on craigslist. Once they got LaFerrara into their vehicle Miranda Barbour stabbed him while Elytte restrained LaFerrara by his throat.

Elytte Barbour is now asking for a retrial stating that his counsel was ineffective. He claims that there was evidence that he was insane at the time of the murder and that his attorney only urged him to take the guilty plea of second-degree murder to avoid the death penalty. Not surprisingly Barbour is representing himself.

Personally I’d like to see him get a new trial. I could use the laugh since he’s representing himself and if he went back to trial he’s probably be convicted on first-degree murder which would make him eligible for the death penalty.

UPDATE 9/14/2015: Here is a more current article about Elytte Barbour wanting to withdraw his plea. Apparently he is no longer representing himself as he now has a new attorney.

UPDATE 11/2/2015: Elytte Barbour has withdrawn his request for a new trial.

“This effectively brings the case to an end,” District Attorney Ann Targonski said.