Accomplice of Ohio Craigslist killer has life sentence upheld

Brogan Rafferty

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.

Richard Beasley convicted of Ohio craigslist killings, jury recommends death

Richard Beasley

Ohio jury recommends Craigslist killer be sentenced to death:

First I apologize for not being current in this story, real life and all that.

Anyway last week 53-year-old Richard Beasley was convicted in the killings of 51-year-old David Pauley, 47-year-old Timothy Kern and 56-year-old Ralph Geiger. Beasley lured them to Ohio by posting craigslist ads promising employment on a ranch but instead killed the three men in order to steal their identities. Beasley was facing criminal prosecution on charges of drug and human trafficking. Beasley enlisted the aid of a family friend, the then 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty. Rafferty was convicted and sentenced to life without parole. Beasley’s schemes unraveled when a fourth victim got away after being shot in the arm.

Yesterday an Ohio jury recommended the death penalty for Beasley. The judge is expected to issue her sentence next week. Ohio is no slouch in the death penalty department having executed over 50 criminals since 1999. On the downside by my estimations it’s usually an average of a 20 year wait between crime and execution.

Brogan Rafferty gets LWOP for craigslist murder scheme

Brogan Rafferty

Brogan Rafferty

Teen gets life in prison for Craigslist killings:

Previously when I’ve posted about Brogan Rafferty and his role in the Ohio craigslist killings I said that I doubt that he would receive a life sentence. I felt that he was more coerced into the crimes he committed by the ringleader of the plot, Richard Beasley. Boy I couldn’t have been any more wrong. Last week Rafferty was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

It seems both the judge and jury felt that Rafferty was more of a willing accomplice than a terrified teen…

Judge Lynne S. Callahan made it clear that she didn’t accept Brogan Rafferty’s claims of being a frightened kid unsure of where to turn for help as he helped Richard Beasley kill three men.

Beasley’s actions were evil. “You embraced the evil. You studied it. You continued it,” Callahan told Rafferty during his sentencing hearing Friday in Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Rafferty dug the graves of the victims, served as Beasley’s wheelman, and had even shared meals with the victims knowing full well what Beasley had planned for them. At any time Rafferty could have gone to police or warned Beasley’s victims. Fear is a great motivator but at what point do you see someone else being killed that you finally do something. We’ll never know at what point that would have been for Rafferty because their fourth victim survived. So maybe it was somewhat naive of me to think that Rafferty wasn’t fully complicit in this scheme.

Beasley is looking at a possible death sentence when he goes to trial in January.

Brogan Rafferty convicted in Ohio craigslist killings

Brogan Rafferty

Ohio teen faces life in prison after aggravated murder conviction in deadly Craigslist scheme:

17-year-old Brogan Rafferty was convicted last week for his role in the murders of three men in Ohio. Rafferty, along with the mastermind of the plot 52-year-old Richard Beasley, were accused of luring at least four men to Ohio with phony craigslist ads that promised long-term employment and boarding. Three of the men were killed. Beasley allegedly concocted the scheme in order to steal the identities of his victims since he was facing human trafficking and drug trafficking charges. The victims were 51-year-old David Pauley, 47-year-old Timothy Kern and 56-year-old Ralph Geiger.

Rafferty was charged as an adult and faces a life sentence. As I’ve stated before I don’t think that Rafferty will receive a life sentence since there is evidence that indicates that Rafferty was forced to assist Beasley under the threats of violence to himself and his family. I wish they would have tried Beasley first to possibly get a better understanding of Rafferty’s involvement.

Beasley is looking at the death penalty.

More details revealed in Ohio craigslist killings

Brogan Rafferty

Brogan Rafferty

Details of ‘Craigslist Killings’ Revealed:

This past week in court the recorded statements of Brogan Rafferty were played. Rafferty is a suspect in the Ohio killings of three men who were lured there by fake craigslist ads promising long-term employment. The ads were allegedly placed by 52-year-old Richard Beasley who is also believed to be the actual killer. The then 16-year-old Rafferty has been charged as an adult.

Rafferty’s lawyers are trying to get the statements thrown out claiming that the police coerced Rafferty but that’s neither here nor there right now.

In the taped statements Rafferty did not admit to killing any of the victims but admitted to helping Beasley dispose of the bodies and splitting the stolen items. Rafferty said that he knew what he was doing would help Beasley run from the law. Beasley was a friend of Rafferty’s family for 20 years.

Beasley supposedly was trying to steal the identities of his victims so he could escape prosecution for drug and prostitution charges. Beasley allegedly prostituted over a dozen women and a girl as young as 17.

Rafferty is looking at life for his role in the murders however I don’t see him getting a life sentence and I’m not sure he deserves one. Considering how twisted Beasley seems to be I wouldn’t be surprised if Rafferty was being threatened by Beasley into helping him with his dirty work.

Beasley is looking at the death sentence if convicted. That death sentence should be Beasley being tracked down in the woods and being hunted like his victims.

Richard Beasley charged with Ohio craigslist killings

Richard Beasley

Richard Beasley

Adult in Ohio Craigslist case charged with murder:

This past Friday 52-year-old Richard Beasley was indicted for the craigslist murders of Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern. Beasley is accused of posting a phony craigslist ad for employment at a nonexistent ranch then killing the perspective applicants when they showed up.

The indictment states that Beasley was allegedly the triggerman in all 3 murders and the attempted murder of Scott Davis who was able to escape his assailant.

Beasley was being held on drug and prostitution charges while investigators worked on the murder charges.

His alleged accomplice, 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty, has been charged as an adult.

Prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty for Beasley.

Teen suspect in Ohio craigslist killings to be tried as an adult

Brogan Rafferty

Brogan Rafferty

Craigslist suspect to be tried in adult court; teen cooperative with authorities:

16-year-old Brogan Rafferty has been charged as an adult in the Ohio craigslist slayings. Rafferty is accused, along with 52-year-old, Richard Beasley of luring 3 men to their deaths with a phony ranch hand job offer on craigslist. If his case was to go to trial he could be looking at life without parole.

Now normally I’d be all for charging a 16-year-old accused of murder as an adult but there has been so little about Rafferty’s involvement released that I’m not quite sure right now. So far the only thing I really heard about him was that he may have dug the shallow graves that the victims were found in. His father claims that Beasley led him to believe they were drainage ditches.

Anyway according to most reports it sounds like that Rafferty is going to enter into a plea deal in exchange for testifying against Beasley. I wouldn’t be surprised if that plea came with limited jail time if any.

Two more bodies possibly linked to Ohio craigslist killings

Richard Beasley

Richard Beasley

Ohio investigators probe shootings possibly tied to Craigslist ad:

Investigators in Ohio have found two more bodies that may be connected to the most recent craigslist killing.

As by now I’m sure you know 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty of Stow, Ohio and 52-year-old Richard Beasley of Akron are believed to be involved with the death of 51-year-old David Pauley. They allegedly lured him from Florida to Ohio with the promise of steady employment at a fictitious ranch. Pauley was shot and killed then buried in a shallow grave. Some believe this was done so Beasley could steal his identity in order to stay out of jail. You see how well that worked out.

Anyway this past weekend two more bodies had been found that may be connected to Beasley. The body of 47-year-old Timothy Kern of Massillon, Ohio was found in a shallow grave. His family members say that he had responded to a craigslist ad that was eerily similar to the one Beasley is accused of posting. Even on his Facebook Kern himself said that he felt the job offer was strange but good.

A 3rd body that so far has only been described as a white male has also been discovered. There has been a gag order placed on the case so no more details about the possible third victim have been released yet.

I’m not going to fault the victims in this story especially due to the hard economic times we’re going through now. However if any ad on craigslist, or any classifieds site, seems to good to be true it probably is. If at anytime you have any hesitation about responding to any kind of ad listen to that hesitation.

Or just don’t use craigslist at all. I think I’ve offered plenty of evidence about the kind of criminal element that lurks there unfettered.

Thanks to all who sent in tips.

UPDATE 11/29/2011: 2 churches deny that Beasley was a chaplain of theirs in any way shape or form. I would think so since most chaplains don’t deal in drugs and prostitution…allegedly.

UPDATE 12/1/2011: Rafferty has been charged with aggravated murder. Also the possible third fatality is believed to be a man named Ralph Geiger and he was shot in the head.

UPDATE II 12/1/2011: Beasley is said to have managed at least 14 prostitutes in 2009 including a 17-year-old girl. I wonder if he used a certain classifieds site for that or was it the other one?

Craigslist job scam turned murder in Ohio


Akron man, Stow teen in custody; FBI alleges Craigslist ads lured victims:

Family puts face on victim of craigslist plot:

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.