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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.

Was Fresno craigslist stabbing self-defense?

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For a while now craigslist has been described as the ‘Wild West’ of the internet. I think this story drives that point home better than most.

On New Year’s Eve 41-year-old Robin Smith, of Fresno, California, was stabbed to death, but was she a victim or an aggressor?

The man who killed her claims that he met Smith through craigslist regarding an ad for what the ABC 30 article calls companionship. The man also claims that Smith began asking for money and then Smith’s boyfriend allegedly attacked the man. The man then claims he stabbed Smith in self-defense. Fresno police are saying that the man is cooperating with police.

While we don’t know for sure I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much this sounded like a prostitution deal gone south. Does that mean Smith deserved to be stabbed to death? It’s hard to say at this time.

In true Wild West fashion there are no ‘good guys’ in this story but what led to her death remains to be seen.

Wisc. craigslist creeper knew 14 would get him 20

Jon Mulder

Jon Mulder

I really don’t mean to be picking on the upper Midwest today but Minnesota and Wisconsin seem to be producing all the creepers today.

For example, 43-year-old Jon Mulder, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, was recently arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl on craigslist. Police say that Mulder responded to the following ad on the casual encounters section…

“Home BORED!!! – w4m – Lookin for some fun with no judgements. Hit me up for some fun & we can party. :))”

Except the 14-year-old girl was actually La Crosse police. This is where all the cries of entrapment will come up from people who don’t really know the definition of entrapment, but I’ll humor them.

While talking with the girl when the subject of her age was approached Mulder allegedly said…

“Your age could get me 20 years in prison”

So not even close to entrapment.

Minn. craigslist creeper gets only 3 days in jail

Donald Tisdale

Donald Tisdale

I originally posted about 58-year-old Donald Tisdale of Albertville, Minnesota, here. He was arrested earlier this year for soliciting sex from an underage girl on craigslist after posting an ad that said “Who’s playing hooky from school today???” Of course it was law enforcement that was actually responding to the ad.

Back in July, Tisdale was sentenced to only three days in jail and three years probation. The reasoning behind such a light sentence?

“If you don’t have any prior criminal background and you’re into something like this, many times you’ll be cut a break,” said criminal defense attorney Joe Tamburino. “If there was actually a juvenile involved and any type of touching he would be in much more trouble.”

That’s ludicrous. Just because someone doesn’t have a criminal record doesn’t mean this is their first time soliciting sex from kids. Not to mention that we have to wait for one of these scumbags to actually violate a child before they can receive real jail time. These are the kind of criminals that need to be kept behind bars and not on some registry that doesn’t discourage anything. When it comes to sex offenders, especially when children are involved, there should be no deals. I would have no problem paying extra taxes to keep these cretins behind bars longer.

The Washington craigslist killing that isn’t

Christopher Garcia Gonzalez

Christopher Garcia Gonzalez

23-year-old Christopher Garcia Gonzalez has been arrested and charged with the murder of 32-year-old Christopher Davis of Lynwood, Washington. Local media in Washington seems to be implying that there is a craigslist connection to the murder but I disagree.

Davis is said to have taken out an ad on craigslist for what the local media is calling ‘a romantic housekeeping arrangement’ which sounds like a roommate with benefits situation to me. Gonzalez was allegedly being thrown out by Davis after an argument. It’s unknown if that was the motive for the murder but Gonzalez allegedly strangled Davis before stealing his car and fleeing the state. Gonzalez was later captured in California.

The reason I don’t consider this what the media would normally refer to as a ‘craigslist killing’ is because as far as I can tell Gonzalez did not use craigslist specifically to find a murder victim. It sounds like that Gonzalez had been there a while before deciding to murder Davis. A crime like this has happened before in Florida where 24-year-old Latoya Jordan stabbed 53-year-old Daniel Somerson to death. Jordan was living with Somerson for a while after responding to a roommate ad on craigslist. Conversely though, 21-year-old Grant Van Muren killed Charles Clark of Naperville, Illinois, the day he moved in after responding to a craigslist ad. In the case of Clark’s murder it seemed that Van Muren was only searching for a victim and had no intentions of staying.

No disrespect is intended towards Mr. Davis as I hope that his killer is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

A postscript to a brutal craigslist rape that’s six years overdue

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Ever since I combined my many websites into the one you see today I’ve been doing a lot of maintenance on the site. I’ve been fixing dead links, broken images and the like. While working on some of the posts from 2009 I came across a story that I remembered vividly. It was the rape of a woman from Kannapolis, North Carolina. If you’ve been following me for any length of time you may know that Kannapolis is not too far from where I live. I was even interviewed by local media when the story first broke. The fact that it was local was not the reason it stands out so vividly for me. Instead it’s because the victim’s rape was solicited by her husband on craigslist. The husband posed as his wife on craigslist posting an ad claiming that she was into rape fantasies and wanted a man to come to her house and rape her. While others like Jebidiah James Stipe and Justin Crawford have committed similar crimes, this was the first instance of what I call rape by proxy on craigslist that I can remember. I never forgot this story because I never found out what became of the husband and the man he convinced to rape his wife.

The husband’s name was never made public to my knowledge in order to protect the identity of the victim. The actual rapist was a man by the name of Rodney Liverman. It bothered me that news of their convictions or sentencing were never made public. Not in the “I need to know because I’m a faux-journalist” kind of way but I couldn’t stop this gnawing feeling of curiosity for the outcome. I really wanted to know if justice was served and this feeling of not knowing has eaten at me for the past 6 years. So when I came across the story again while doing site maintenance I decided to finally find the answer once and for all. Fortunately, I actually know the name of the victim’s husband. I’m not bragging, it was sent to me by a tipster shortly after the crime happened. However, I have not made his name public in respect to the victim, and if she’s out there reading this please believe me when I say no disrespect to you is ever intended.

Anyway long story even longer I was able to find his information on his status. In 2011 he was convicted and was sentence to 32 1/2 years behind bars with a minimum of 25 years. I’m going to refrain from posting any information about him to avoid any connection to the victim. However I can provide a link to what happened to the actual rapist. Rodney Liverman was sentenced to 18 years with a minimum of 14 1/2 years.

Neither of these sentences seem long enough for the heinous crime they perpetrated but I am glad that it’s not a slap on the wrist. I also hope that the sentences were long enough for the victim to find some kind of solace.

Florida suspect uses craigslist modeling scam to assault teen

Mario Grein

Mario Grein

The pedo-defenders are going to love this one.

53-year-old Mario Grein, of Delray Beach, Florida, is accused of allegedly ‘having sex’ with a 16-year-old girl that he met through craigslist. Reports state that Grein placed an ad on craigslist looking for a bikini model. Everyone should just assume from now on that the term ‘bikini model’ on craigslist just means potential sexual assault victim.

Now here’s why the pedo-defenders will rally around this scumbag. From WPBF

The victim said they had met at a Motel 6 on Lantana Road more than 20 times to have sex in exchange for money. She allegedly told Grein in March 2014 that she was 16 years old, but he dismissed it, the report said.

She also stated that she sent Grein a photo of a different person’s ID who was 22 years old.

She told the agents that Grein would pay her $200-$300 each time they had sex.

Anyway, the pedo-defenders are greasing up their keyboards because not only did this happen in their holy land of Florida and on their sacred website craigslist but the victim went back to Grein repeatedly for more money. None of that matters because the age of consent in Florida is 18. She can not legally consent to sex with someone of Grein’s age. Also let’s not forget that when Grein was made aware of her age he supposedly didn’t care.

If you don’t want to get arrested don’t solicit sex from minors and don’t have sex with minors. It’s not that difficult. The big bad police are not using mass hypnosis or Jedi mind tricks to force the poor persecuted sex offenders of Florida into committing these crimes.

As for anyone else think about replying to ads for models on craigslist I ask you to read all my posts about the online modeling scam.

Body of missing St. Louis soldier found

 Robert Polk

Robert Polk

I’m saddened that I have to post that the body of 22-year-old Robert Polk of St. Louis was found this past Thursday. It appears that Mr. Polk had been there for some time however police have released that the cause of death appears to be a shooting. As you may recall Mr. Polk went missing a week ago today after going to look at a car that he found on craigslist.

Police aren’t saying if craigslist is related to his murder since they have not yet named a suspect. However police have said that there has been a transaction on one of Mr. Polk’s financial accounts that is said to have taken place after his death.

Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers. The phone number is 866–3 71–8477.

As I mentioned in my last post about Mr. Polk too many people have been murdered in the past year or so after going to look for cars on craigslist. If a deal for a car looks too good to be true on craigslist it probably is. A lot of criminals use fake ads for cars as a way to lure a victim that they know will have a substantial amount of cash on them.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Robert Polk.

UPDATE 11/1/2015: I received the following information from MissingVeterans.com on my Pinterest page

The regional CrimeStoppers organization is requesting help from the public. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the murder of Mr. Polk will be eligible for up to a $5,000 reward. Call or text a crime tip to the CrimeStoppers hotline: 1-866-371-TIPS (8477)

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.