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Craigslist shooting in SC leaves one dead


This past week in Aiken, South Carolina, there was a craigslist killing of sort. 23-year-old Frank Frazier Jr. was shot and killed during an attempted craigslist robbery police say. A couple responded to a craigslist ad for a used car for sale but the ad was a fake used to set up a robbery. The twist here is that Frazier was one of the alleged robbers and was shot and killed by a victim who was said to be defending herself. So far no charges have been filed against the woman but police are still investigating.

Even though it was one of the supposed bad guys that was killed this time this is another example of a scam that has cost too many lives recently. As I’ve mentioned before what criminals will do is post ads on craigslist, and many other un-moderated classifieds, for a car that is either high-end and rare or has a too good to be true price. Once at the meeting place the respondents to the ad will usually be robbed. This is because the victims usually have cash in had in order to buy a used car. In recent history these kinds of scams have cost the lives of Taylor S. Clark of Illinois, Bud and June Runion of Georgia, and Robert Polk of St. Louis.

With such a low threshold of entry virtually nothing on craigslist should be trusted. When shopping for a car I would recommend instead using a website where people pay to place ads. Not only does that mean someone is usually serious about selling a car but if some kind of criminal activity does take place there should be a paper trail to the perpetrator.

Body of missing St. Louis soldier found

 Robert Polk

Robert Polk

I’m saddened that I have to post that the body of 22-year-old Robert Polk of St. Louis was found this past Thursday. It appears that Mr. Polk had been there for some time however police have released that the cause of death appears to be a shooting. As you may recall Mr. Polk went missing a week ago today after going to look at a car that he found on craigslist.

Police aren’t saying if craigslist is related to his murder since they have not yet named a suspect. However police have said that there has been a transaction on one of Mr. Polk’s financial accounts that is said to have taken place after his death.

Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers. The phone number is 866–3 71–8477.

As I mentioned in my last post about Mr. Polk too many people have been murdered in the past year or so after going to look for cars on craigslist. If a deal for a car looks too good to be true on craigslist it probably is. A lot of criminals use fake ads for cars as a way to lure a victim that they know will have a substantial amount of cash on them.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Robert Polk.

UPDATE 11/1/2015: I received the following information from MissingVeterans.com on my Pinterest page

The regional CrimeStoppers organization is requesting help from the public. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the murder of Mr. Polk will be eligible for up to a $5,000 reward. Call or text a crime tip to the CrimeStoppers hotline: 1-866-371-TIPS (8477)

Boy that was in Kenny Bartley’s care died from blunt force trauma

Kenny Bartley

Kenny Bartley

First please allow me to preface this story by saying that no criminal charges have been filed at the time I’m posting this.

Having said that as you may recall Campbell County High School shooter Kenny Bartley was living with his psychologist and her son as part of his probation for domestic violence charges he allegedly committed against his own family. Back in May the three-year-old boy died while in Bartley’s supervision. Bartley’s psychologist and attorney have both said that it was an accident and that the child fell off some stairs onto a concrete surface,

Recently the boy’s cause of death has been made public and according to the autopsy report the boy died from blunt force trauma to the head. In case you’re wondering I’m not mentioning the boy’s name until actual criminal charges are filed if any are filed at all. So far it appears that the investigation is still ongoing since not only has the suspected cause of the blunt force trauma not been released but the law enforcement offices that are involved in the investigation are being very tight-lipped about the whole thing.

Now I am far from any kind of medical professional but I’ve posted enough stories in my time about children dying from blunt force trauma and they tend to have similar narratives, usually from abusive parents. Most times they claim the child fell out of bed or hit their head on some piece of furniture. It usually turns out that the force they died from was many times greater than the force they claim injured the child. Is that the case here? Can am accidental fall from three steps up onto a concrete floor cause enough trauma to kill a three-year-old. I guess it is entirely possible however, when a child is left unattended with a convicted murderer who has a history of violence it seems like it becomes more than coincidental.

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.

Illinois craigslist killer gets new trial

Timothy Smith

Timothy Smith

Back in 2011 Timothy Smith of Woodstock, Illinois, shot and killed 48-year-old Kurt Milliman in Smith’s home. Smith was prostituting his then wife, Kimberly Smith, on craigslist. Supposedly Milliman got to rough with Kimberly Smith and Timothy Smith emerged from hiding and shot Milliman.

More than likely to hide their criminal activities the Smiths concocted a home invasion story where they claimed that Milliman was killed in self-defense after tampering with evidence to try to make the scene look like am attempted burglary.

In 2013 Timothy Smith was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years behind bars. This past Tuesday Smith was granted a new trial on the grounds that the judge at his trial did not allow an involuntary manslaughter charge to be considered by the jury. Smith’s attorney claims that his client meant to scare Milliman and not kill him. I don’t buy it but it is what it is.

As I said before no one in this story was clean but I can see the grounds for involuntary manslaughter as Smith did not allow Milliman into his home with the ‘sole purpose of killing him. Then again, it was a killing in the commission of another crime so I can see the murder charge as well.

No word on when the retrial is scheduled to take place.

Backpage prostitute killed in Massachusetts

Fisher and Jeune

Fisher and Jeune

34-year-old Sanisha Johnson, of the Bronx, was shot and killed while working as a prostitute on Backpage in Burlington, Massachusetts. Charged in her murder are 24-year-old Epshod Jeune and 21-year-old Derrell Fisher, both of Roxbury, Mass.

The pair was allegedly robbing escorts in the area as one escort who was robbed was able to tip police off to Ms. Johnson’s alleged killers. If this sounds familiar it’s because it was the same racket Philip Markoff was running when he killed Julissa Brisman after using craigslist to find his victims. The Boston media is already making that comparison.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is calling for Backpage to shut down its ads for prostitution. However, Backpage may already be on its way out since the major credit card companies stopped allowing their cards, pre-paid and otherwise, to be used on Backpage. Currently the only form of payment they’re accepting is Bitcoin which isn’t exactly the easiest form of payment to use.

Will the attention brought on Backpage by this murder be the final nail in their coffin? One can only hope that will be a positive that comes out of this senseless tragedy.

Police say CT craigslist killing was an organized hit


I originally posted about the shooting murder of Jesus Silva here. He was shot to death in New Britain, Connecticut, after responding to a craigslist ad for a car he was selling. Jesus Sierra, Joel Jaquez, and Idaliz Zavala-Burgos have been charged with his murder. Before I said that I did not have any information on the motive for the murder but now new warrants have been released that allege what the motive was.

Investigators believe that Silva was involved in the drug trade and was ordered to be executed after he allegedly came up short with the money he owed his supplier. So far it is unknown if the supplier is going to be charged. Silva was also said to have brokered car sales frequently and it appears that his assailants used that information to lure him to his death.

Murders have been solicited for on craigslist many times before but this is the first time I’ve heard of a victim of a contact killing being lured to his death through the online classifieds site. It seems that criminals of all forms have some kind of use for craigslist.

December murder of CT man may be a craigslist killing


On December 30th of 2014 Jesus Silva of Meriden, Connecticut, was found shot to death in his car on the streets of New Britain, CT. Since his murder police have arrested Jesus Sierra, Joel Jaquez, and Idaliz Zavala-Burgos, all of Springfield, Mass., and have charged them with Silva’s murder.

Today in a court hearing it was revealed that the murder may have been a craigslist killing. Mr. Silva had an ad on craigslist selling his car. His family said that he was in phone contact with someone about his car the night of his death and police say records indicate that he was allegedly speaking to Sierra.

No word yet if the motive was robbery or something more sinister. I’ll post additional details as they become available.

Armed robbery charges against Kenny Bartley dropped

Kenny Bartley

Kenny Bartley

I’ll be the first to admit that I was wrong.I wouldn’t out it past Kenny Bartley to knock over a gas station so I had no problem believing that he did rob the gas station he was accused of in Anderson County, Tennessee. However both his attorney and his psychologist have provided evidence that shows Bartley never left Virginia on the day the robbery was committed. Anderson County authorities have since recalled the armed robbery arrest warrant for Bartley.

Bartley still has arrest warrants in his name in Tennessee for misdemeanor probation violations.

Kenny Bartley captured in Virginia

Kenny Bartley

Kenny Bartley

After being named as a suspect in an armed robbery in Anderson County, Tennessee, Kenny Bartley was apprehended in Vienna, Virginia, last night.

According to Google Maps Vienna is about 8 hours away from Anderson County. The robbery took place around 8am local time in Tennessee while Bartley was apprehended around 10pm Eastern time. In my opinion that’s plenty of time for Bartley to get out of Dodge and back to Virginia. Vienna was where Bartley was living with his psychologist’s family.

I bring this up because Bartley’s lawyer says that he is 200 percent sure his client did not commit the crime.

Bartley’s lawyer issued this statement

“Our first investigation has revealed the Kenneth Bartley was not in the state of Tennessee at the time the Anderson County press release indicates the crime was committed. I would encourage law enforcement and the general public not to jump to conclusions regarding Kenneth Bartley’s whereabouts. I’m continuing to encourage Kenneth Bartley to return to Campbell County as a result of his pending misdemeanor violation of probation charges. “

We shall see.

UPDATE: Charges dropped.