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.
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)
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.
I originally posted about the murder of 39-year-old father Jake Brantner here. Brantner was shot and killed in Kansas City while trying to sell a gun to a buyer from craigslist. His alleged killer was captured earlier this month and is said to be 18-year-old Fazon K. Swinton.
Swinton allegedly grabbed the gun without paying and ran off when both men produced guns and fired at each other. Brantner was gunned down in front of his 10-year-old daughter while Swinton later took himself to the hospital after being struck by a bullet from Brantner’s gun.
As I mentioned before, craigslist forbids firearms to be sold on their site but without any kind of moderation their ban doesn’t really mean a whole lot.
Backpage murders don’t seem to get the same media attention as ‘craigslist killings’. Maybe it’s because of the lack of alliteration. Backpage bloodshed doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it. I’m only half-kidding too. However, I will give each of these stories the attention they deserve to show that Backpage, while not only the online haven of prostitution and human trafficking, is also just as dangerous as craigslist if not more so.
22-year-old Michael Saheem Spears of Aiken, South Carolina, has been charged in the murder of 62-year-old Jesse Sanders of Whitmire, S.C. Sanders is said to have responded to an ad for an escort that is said to have featured Spears, however Spears was said to be only interested in robbery. Sanders was shot multiple times and his body was dumped on the side of a highway.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2211, www.newberrycountysheriff.com, or Crime Stoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIMESC.
No one really uses Backpage for sofas or used cars, it is mainly used for criminal activity and Backpage is making millions of dollars from it. Sadly, Mr. Sanders was only worth a few bucks as far as Backpage is concerned.
39-year-old Jake Brantner of Lee’s Summit, Missouri was murdered recently in Kansas City. Brantner was believed to be meeting a potential craigslist buyer that he was said to be selling his gun to. Instead witnesses say that Brantner was shot to death while still in his car in front of his 10-year-old daughter.
It seems that even the bad guys aren’t safe on craigslist anymore solidifying its wild west comparison.
In Littleton, Colorado, one suspect is dead and another is on the run after a home invasion gone wrong. A man had advertised something for sale on craigslist and two men showed up at his house and tied him up. They tired stealing the man’s cars but the man freed himself, retrieved his own gun and shot one of the suspects that was trying to steal his SUV. The other suspect got away in a gold 90’s Ford Mustang. The Mustang has been retrieved but the suspect is still at large.
The Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a Hispanic male in his forties. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
So far no charges have been filed against the homeowner.
44-year-old Kathryn Lynn Hicks is accused of shooting and killing 59-year-old Michael Ray Beach of Cordell, Oklahoma, sometime in late November. Mr. Beach met his alleged killer back in June through the craigslist personals after his wife had passed away in 2014. During their relationship Hicks had moved in with the victim and allegedly had him change his will and bank account to include her. Beach had her removed from the premises after he believed he tried to kill him.
“Beach later told Perkins that Hicks had given him a milkshake that night and it tasted gritty. Beach had told several people that he thought Hicks had tried to kill him,” OSBI Special Agent Dannie Sanders wrote in the affidavit.
Beach did have to go to the hospital shortly after that incident.
Thinking that she was still in Beach’s will Hicks is said to have shot and killed Beach in his own home. She reportedly claims that she did not kill him but found his body then claimed that there were two men in the house who assaulted her and left. They must have planted evidence on her because police found a bullet in her purse which matches the type of gun allegedly used to kill Beach. Not to mention this was all for naught as Mr. Beach had Hicks removed from his will and other documents prior to his murder.
I would indeed classify this as a craigslist killing. Hicks appears to be a grifter in my opinion and was using craigslist to find a victim and it also appears that murder was always the end game to get to Beach’s money. Also this shows what kind of criminal element uses craigslist to their advantage. It has become much too unsafe to use for anything in my opinion.
30-year-old Devon Holder was shot and killed by an off-duty New York City cop when Holder allegedly tried to rob the cop. The policeman was responding to a craigslist ad for a used car but when he arrived to meet the sellers in Queens he was met with a gun pointed at him and his wallet stolen. Feeling that his life was in danger the officer drew his weapon and fired striking and killing Holder. Another suspect is still on the loose as of this posting.
The gun that Holder was using turned out to be a realistic looking pellet gun. That’s right he robbed someone who was armed with a real gun by using a fake gun.
Again here is someone using the used car scam to try to rob someone. In the past year or so several victims have been killed by craigslist robbers luring them to their deaths with fake used car ads and back in November one of these robbers was killed by civilian in South Carolina acting out of self-defense.
So if you’re in the market for a used car you might want to avoid craigslist altogether.
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.