As I’ve previously posted 19-year-old Taylor Clark of Madison County, Illinois, was shot and killed after trying to sell his car on craigslist. His alleged killer is 24-year-old Michael Gordon of St. Louis. Taylor’s car and then his body were found in Hazelwood, Missouri. It seems there may have been a very good reason for that.
Reports say that Taylor met Gordon at his Gordon’s place of work where witnesses say that they drove off to a wooded area near the business before Gordon returned alone. The story gets even more tragic and pathetic from there. Gordon is said to have driven the same type of car that Taylor was selling except Gordon had his repossessed.
While police have not commented on this finding it’s beginning to sound like that Gordon killed Taylor because of his own inadequacies. Just like cowards do.
How did Gordon possibly think that this car swap killing was even going to work. I swear that criminals sometimes think that life works like a cheesy 1980s sitcom or movie where it’s so crazy it just might work. No, it doesn’t. It never works. So instead of being a leech on society fix your own damn problems before murdering someone for some selfish and shallow reason.
An innocent man is dead because he may have driven the same type of car that some other guy had repo’d. Think about that.
Taylor S. Clark
Once again I’m sad to post that the body of 19-year-old Taylor S. Clark was found shot to death 400 yards from the car he was trying to sell on craigslist. Taylor’s car was found abandoned in Hazelwood, Missouri. No suspect has been named or arrested at this time.
Police are seeking the public’s help in this case. Please call the Major Case Squad if you have any tips: 314-513-5225
Still no word if Taylor was set up through craigslist but the memory of the murder of Bud and June Runion, who died under similar circumstances in Georgia, are still fresh in our minds.
My prayers and condolences go out to Taylor’s friends and family.
UPDATE 5/6/2015: Police in Missouri have arrested 24-year-old Michael Gordon of St. Louis and have officially charged him with the murder of Taylor Clark. Taylor’s murder does appear to be yet another ‘craigslist killing’ as investigators have said that Taylor and Gordon exchanged e-mails about the car that Taylor was selling on craigslist.
Brogan Rafferty was 16 when he helped Richard Beasley commit the murders of three men in Ohio back in 2011. Beasely lured his victims to Ohio by using a craigslist ad promising employment on a ranch. Instead Beasley would shoot them and try to steal their identities in order to evade the drug and human trafficking charges he was facing. His victims were Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern. Beasley tried killing a fourth victim wo was able to escape which eventually led to the pair’s capture.
Rafferty’s involvement consisted of digging the shallow graves for the victims, driving Beasley around and splitting the take with Beasley. He was tried as an adult and prosecutors alleged that Rafferty was well aware of what crimes he and Beasley were committing. A judge and jury agreed as he was convicted on aggravated murder charges and sentenced to life without parole in 2012.
Recently Rafferty had his sentence upheld by the 9th District Court of Appeals. He tried arguing that his confession to police was coerced as he unsuccessfully did prior to his trial. He also tried arguing that juveniles are not eligible for LWOP sentences which if memory serves me correct juveniles are only ineligible for mandatory life sentences. Rafferty’s sentence was not a mandatory sentence. I’m surprised they didn’t argue that the teenage brain is not fully functioned and can’t grasp simple concepts like life and death. That’s been a favorite of those convicted of murder as a juvenile.
Rafferty’s next stop will more than likely be the Ohio Supreme Court.
It’s a good thing that someone professional is keeping track of the list of craigslist killing victims because I didn’t even know about this one until recently. I guess that’s kind of a commentary on how common craigslist related murders have become.
Back in November of 2014, 31-year-old Papa Thiam was shot and killed in the taxi cab he drove in Louisville, Kentucky. Charged with his murder are Larico Lovings, 16, Barry Morris, 16, Quentin Lews, 17, and Anu White, 18. All four suspects have been charged as adults as they should be. Back in February it was made public that Papa Thiam was lured to his death by a craigslist ad for an iPhone 6 where the suspects had planned on robbing him.
I’m at a loss for words. I’m becoming numb to these killings. Even though the killings related to craigslist are under 100 out of the billions of transactions that take place it’s still way too many. Granted one is too many but I digress. Since craigslist ads are free it gives criminals a low threshold to post ads in order to lure people. Please be aware of that, please tell your friends and family if they plan on using craigslist.
I’ve been saying this too much lately but my prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Papa Thiam.
They say that April is the cruelest month but I think February may have just taken the crown.
Back in February 56-year-old Frank Steinsiek of Little Rock, Arkansas, was shot and killed by someone allegedly posing as a craigslist buyer for the motorcycle he was advertising. Arrested for the shooting and charged with capital murder was 24-year-old Jeramye Hobbs. Hobbs allegedly told police that he bought the bike from Mr. Steinsiek legally but police gathered other evidence that led them to arrest Hobbs.
My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Mr. Steinsiek.
Again, no matter where you are or what you’re selling or buying you are taking your life in your hands by using craigslist. As I’ve stated many times, possibly the only safe place to make transactions is at a police station.
James Jones Jr.
Only just a few weeks after the craigslist murders of Bud and June Runion a 21-year-old college student was shot and killed during a craigslist robbery. Police in Marietta, Georgia, say that James Jones Jr. was shot to death while trying to buy what he thought was going to be an iPhone 6. His assailants even took the Nike sneakers he was wearing as he sat in his car dying. Police have arrested Jordan James Baker, 18; Jonathon O’Neil Myles, 19; and Kaylnn Shiquez Ruthenberg, 21. Police have testified that Ruthenberg pulled the trigger.
Such a stark contrast in lives too. James Jones Jr. was a well-dressed colleges student who mentored kids at a local school. Ruthenberg on the other hand has a long criminal history and once pawned a $1500 watch he stole for $50.
Even though Jones’ murder happened back in February my prayers and condolences still go out to his friends and family.
In closing always remember that when you deal on craigslist no one is looking out for you, not even craigslist themselves. Due to the sheep amount of criminal activity and violence that takes place on craigslist you’re better taking your business elsewhere.
Baker, Myles, and Ruthenberg
A man was shot in killed in DeKalb County, Georgia after allegedly trying to rob a man who was selling a bulldog puppy on craigslist. The man was offered an extra $500 to deliver the dog late at night. When the man arrived at the meeting place with the dog two men were waiting for him. One produced a gun in an attempt to steal the dog. The man selling the dog brought a friend with him who happened to be legally carrying his own gun. The man’s friend shot and killed the alleged robber in self-defense. The man who was killed has been linked to other robberies in the area as well.
Even the bad guys are taking their lives in their hands on craigslist.
Back in September 41-year-old Mamuka Chamiashvili of Brooklyn, New York, was shot and killed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after responding to a craigslist ad for a Mercedes-Benz SUV.
Back in October 28-year-old Ali Garner and 30-year-old Keon Lewis, both of Elizabeth, were arrested in connection with Mr. Chamiashvili’s murder and recently 36-year-old Travis Picou of Paterson was also arrested. All three are being held on $2 million bond each.
I’ll say it again that using craigslist for any reason is very akin to playing Russian Roulette.
Taft Union High School
After a mistrial, his mom claiming that he was the victim, and the potential lawsuit against the school, Taft Union gunman Bryan Oliver has entered into a plea deal which sees him go to prison for 27 years. However, he will be eligible for parole in 13 years. He was facing a life sentence on attempted murder charges for shooting Bowe Cleveland in the chest with a shotgun that saw Cleveland be placed into a medically induced coma. If Oliver is released on parole he’ll be in his early 30s.
After a mistrial I’m actually surprised that Oliver took the plea. I thought there would have been a good chance he would have been acquitted if they had gone to trial again. I’d rather see him go to jail for 13-27 then walking out free.
UPDATE 4/25/2015: Back in February Oliver was sentenced to 27 years and 4 months in prison.
Taft Union High School
Recently the family of the victim of the Taft Union High school shooting has filed a claim against the school on the grounds that the school failed to protect the victim. No wait, I read that wrong,. The family of the gunman filed the multi-million dollar claim for the school allegedly failing to protect their precious snowflake.
I guess it wasn’t enough that Bryan Oliver’s mommy claimed that her son was victim and not the student he shot in the chest with a shotgun but now it sounds like she’s trying to cash in on her son’s violent and psychopathic behavior.
Not only do I hope that Oliver is found guilty during his retrial later this month but I hope the family of Bowe Cleveland sue Oliver’s family for every penny. You relinquish any claims of victimhood when you shoot an unarmed kid in the chest.