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Emergency Programming Note

I was going to announce this after my appearance on #Murder tonight, however, a story broke that forces my hand.

I’ve broken off all the stories about craigslist, Backpage and the like into a new site called Crime Classified. The site isn’t quite ready for primetime, but an issue has forced my hand.

So from now on, stories about classifieds sites and apps will be over there.

If you follow me on social media, you don’t have to do a thing. However, if you follow me either on RSS feed or through the mailing list, you will have to subscribe to the new site as well.

And for further spoilers, I’m going to be doing the same for my social media posts as well in the near future.

Possible craigslist murder in Topeka

Possible craigslist murder in Topeka

Anthony Darcy

I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long. I’ve been dealing with some personal issues. Nothing salacious, just having a serious bout of depression that I’ll get into at some other date. What caused me to start posting again is that there has been a possible craigslist murder in my new hometown of Capital City, otherwise known as Topeka, Kansas.

On Monday, 81-year-old Anthony Darcy allegedly shot and killed 36-year-old Stephen Snyder. Darcy has no criminal history but is being held on $1 million bond. Topeka has been reeling after a number of shooting homicides have been committed in the city recently. While it’s nowhere near the level of a city like Chicago, the 11 murders that have happened so far this year have been a concern for both police and residents.

Just a little bit more than an hour ago, I was watching the 10:00 PM news broadcast from local station KSNT. While this hasn’t been posted on their website yet, or any other local news site for that matter, they reported Darcy had just sold a house to Snyder on craigslist the other day. Unless I misheard the newscast, Darcy allegedly entered the home and shot Snyder. So far no motive has been discussed. I’ve sent a request to KSNT to make sure I heard correctly but so far I have not received a reply.

While it may not be a ‘craigslist killing’ in the classical sense, I find it suspicious a craigslist transaction happened between the two before one of them was killed. I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.

UPDATE 5/4/2017: Yesterday, Darcy was officially charged with first-degree murder and endangerment of a child since there was an 8-year-old present at the time of the shooting.

KSNT tried to get back to me regarding the involvement of craigslist but somewhere along the line our wires got crossed so I still can’t confirm that.

Woman buys guns off of craigslist for 15-year-old son

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Police in Grants Pass, Oregon, have arrested a 15-year-old boy who allegedly made threats against police and local schools and wanted to get into an armed confrontation with police. When police searched the boy’s home they reportedly found…

…three guns, several ballistic vests, a Kevlar helmet, ammunition, miscellaneous law enforcement badges and a tactical baton…

That’s not even the scariest part of this story. Much like in the vein of Nancy Lanza and Oregon’s own Laurel Harper, it was the boy’s own mother who is said to have bought the guns and vests for him off of craigslist.

Before we get to the obvious questions let me address the craigslist aspect. According to craigslist’s own list of prohibited items, guns are not supposed to be sold on their website. Since they don’t actually moderate their site it goes on anyway. I bet you they would have changed that policy if this kid had killed someone. Craigslist are the kings of closing the barn door after the horses have gotten out.

Now on to the question that’s on all of our minds. What kind of person would buy guns, more than likely illegally, and bulletproof vests for their 15-year-old. What in the blue hell did she think he was going to use them for? Most importantly, why has she not been arrested?

Too many people who don’t deserve the title of parent are coddling these special snowflakes who are nothing less than psychopaths and being excused of the actions that they helped initiate.

Mr. Peeples the craigslist creeper

Man charged with sex assault of teen boy:

Josiah P. Peeples

Josiah P. Peeples

Last month 30-year-old Josiah P. Peeples of Madison, Wisconsin was arrested for allegedly ‘having sex’ with a 15-year-old boy that he met through craigslist. At the time of the arrest Peeples supposedly admitted to police that he knew the boy was underage.

No word on who placed the ad but once again parents need to be more aware of their kids’ internet habits. No 15-year-old needs to be on craigslist for any reason.

There’s just way too many guys like this on craigslist waiting to take advantage of confused and naive kids on craigslist and craigslist doesn’t give a damn about them.

Craigslist killing in Atlanta

Man shot and killed during Craigslist sale:

Man reportedly shot during botched DeKalb Craigslist deal:

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As if the DeKalb County section of Atlanta didn’t have enough problems to deal with yesterday an unidentified 60-year-old man was shot and killed during a craigslist deal gone bad.

The details have not been forthcoming but reports say that the victim was allegedly meeting with potential buyers for a cell phone he was trying to sell. Police seem to think that this was a botched robbery attempt. No suspect has been apprehended at this time.

With the lack of details I can only comment on this, craigslist is dangerous. I realize that craigslist has millions of transactions that happen without any malice but has an inordinate amount of transactions that end up just like this one.

UPDATE 4/15/2015: The victim was 56-year-old Clarence Gardenhire and his killers Contevious Stepp-McCommons, 20, and Malik Rice, 19, have both been convicted and sentenced to life without parole.

What’s wrong with the media? Craigslist edition

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If you sell lobster illegally on craigslist it’s national news.

Paul Marquez

Paul Marquez

Try to sell your girlfriend’s baby on craigslist for a $100 like Paul Marquez of Staten Island allegedly tried and it’s international news.

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Sell a girl or woman for the purposes of sex on craigslist, or backpage for that matter, and it’s hardly a blip on the local news.

NC man charged with trying to have sex with an autistic child

Police: Hope Mills veteran used Craigslist to set up sex with autistic child:

Retired Hope Mills Veteran Arrested for Arranging Sex with Autistic Child:

William Jerry Faulkner Jr.

William Jerry Faulkner Jr.

I’m going to cut to the chase. William Jerry Faulkner Jr. of Hope Mills, North Carolina is a grade-A scumbag. According to police in Cumberland County Faulkner placed an ad on craigslist looking for a special needs child to have sex with, or to rape to put it more bluntly. According to the articles linked the ad said something to the effect that Faulkner wanted a single mother to take a special needs child to him for compensation. Last time I checked craigslist didn’t have a ‘men seeking handicapped children’ section. Oh wait, they do, it’s the un-moderated casual encounters section.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Detectives received a tip, not from craigslist, about the ad and posed as a woman with an autistic child who was willing to take Faulkner’s deal. They set up the meeting and arrested Faulkner who is being held on $75K bond.

It also turns out that Faulkner’s own wife and child are both handicapped which leads me to wonder if he’s inflicted any abuse on them? It also makes me think that I doubt that this was his first time out either. You may think that there couldn’t possibly be any mother out there that would sell their kids for sex but unfortunately there are too many.

Those who prey on the most defenseless of our society deserve the worst punishments possible.

Thanks to Claudia for the tip.

Craigslist housekeeper sexually assaulted by RSO

Woman Sexually Assaulted after Answering Housekeeping Ad in Craigslist:

Sex Offender Attacks Housekeeper:

Arnold Briggs

Arnold Briggs

Police in Cordova, Tennessee recently arrested registered sex offender Arnold Briggs, 55. Briggs allegedly hired a housekeeper from craigslist to clean his cabin in the woods. The victim says that when the cleaning was done Briggs put his hand under her shirt and pants and asked her to stay two more hours for 50 bucks.

Briggs was convicted of sexual battery back in 1987.

It doesn’t matter what kind of business, service or merchandise you’re offering through craigslist, when you do you run a pretty good chance of running into creeps like this. Again it makes me wonder how many times he may have gotten away with this because this sounds like an M.O. rather than a spur of the moment thing.

Man looking for companion on craigslist found police instead

Man arrested for arranging meeting for sex with 14-year-old:

Todd Thompson

Todd Thompson

35-year-old Todd Thompson of Gurnee, Illinois was recently arrested for allegedly arranging to have sex (child rape) with a 14-year-old girl that he met through craigslist. That girl turned out to be the local sheriff’s department.

Now I was unable to determine if Thompson’s ad was specifically looking for underage girls or should I say ‘the younger the better’ like some others have but according to police he did admit that his intention was to have sex with the girl.

Thompson allegedly admitted to having sex with six ‘of age’ women on craigslist previously. Yeah, like he’s going to admit if any of them were under age.

He’s being held on $100K bond.

Is it going to take the possible rape and murder of a real 14-year-old girl before craigslist does anything about their site?