We can add two more names to the ever-expanding list of craigslist killers. This time it’s 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty of Stow, Ohio and 52-year-old Richard Beasley of Akron. They’re accused of luring 51-year-old David Pauley to Ohio from Florida with the promise of employment at a ranch before robbing him and shooting him to death.
A South Carolina man was lured by the same promise but when the pair pulled a gun on him he fled after being shot in the arm. A woman from Massachusetts called police and said that the ad sounded a lot like the one her brother responded to and he had not been heard from in some time. Using cadaver dogs police were able to find Mr. Pauley buried in a shallow grave in Noble County, Ohio.
The motive behind both shootings was to get the victims to Ohio with all their possessions so they could be robbed.
I know we’re in tough economic times. Nobody knows that better than me since I’ve been unemployed for almost a year. However, craigslist is filled with too many criminals to be trusted for legitimate employment opportunities. In hard economic times is when these criminals really relish in their illegal endeavors. At the least, you can have your identity or money stolen. At worst you can lose your life like Mr. Pauley. It’s just not worth it.
I’ll post more details as they become available to me and as time allows.
UPDATE 11/25/2011: Sources told an Ohio TV station that Beasley wanted to steal the identities of his victims in order to stay out of jail on drug trafficking and prostitution charges.
UPDATE II 11/25/2011: Rafferty’s parents claim that Beasley threatened Rafferty’s family with violence if he did not comply with his scheme.
UPDATE III 11/25/2011: Rafferty’s mother says that Beasley was a family friend for 20 years who was a mentor for Rafferty. I’m sorry but as soon as a guy is charged with drug trafficking he’s no longer be my 16-year-old son’s mentor.