NJ craigslist creeper arrested for molestation while out on bail

NJ craigslist creeper arrested for molestation while out on bail
Ethan Chandler

42-year-old Ethan Chandler of Bellville, New Jersey, was arrested back in December after allegedly placing a craigslist ad looking for sex from minors. While out on bail he was arrested for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old boy that he met through social media. Investigators discovered the second crime after reviewing Chandler’s phone for evidence from the first arrest. Police believe he may have more victims and the State Attorney General is asking anyone to come forward if they have any information.

“We have information that we allege is suggestive of there being yet another victim, so the case is still being investigated although charges have already been lodged,” State Attorney General Christopher Porrino said.

“We are actively seeking additional tips and leads with respect to this particular defendant.”

“If people have any information about this individual, authorities are asking that they call our tip-line at 888-648-6007.”

Another fine example of the type of people using craigslist while they turn a blind eye to such activity happening on their own website. Even Backpage had moderators, even though they were allegedly checking for the wrong things.

Craigslist caregiver steals from victims

Craigslist caregiver steals from victims
Tina Edwards

I was just going to post this story on my twitter account and be done with it, but the headline “Police say woman robbed victims she met through Craigslist” just doesn’t do the story justice.

Anyway, Lady Joker up there is 36-year-old Tina Edwards of Louisville, Kentucky. She is accused of stealing from several victims after allegedly offering her services as a caregiver on craigslist. We’re not talking about stealing some singles from someone’s purse or even lifting some jewelry. Some of the crimes she’s been accused of is allegedly stealing a car from a quadriplegic patient who hired her to help her get around, and stealing an iPad, blank checks, and the home and car keys from another victim.

Having had to use home health care aides in the past when my mother was ill I can understand how desperate the victims may have been to have someone help them around the house, but in my opinion craigslist is never the way to go. It’s become so sketchy I wouldn’t even hire someone to groom my dog from craigslist. This article from the Huffington Post (I know, I’m shocked that it’s good too) has good advice on how to hire someone reliable.

Ill. craigslist creep wanted girls to “come play with daddy”

Ill. craigslist creep wanted girls to "come play with daddy"
Israel Beltran

37-year-old Israel Beltran, of Franklin Park, Illinois, has been arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor on craigslist. (I almost typed MySpace there, talk about a blast from the past.) Beltran allegedly posted a craigslist ad that said “Daddy loves curious girls” and “come play with daddy”.

Police posed as a 15-year-old girl while responding to Beltran. He reportedly responded to the investigator asking the girl if she was shaved. When a meeting had finally been arranged he is said to have messaged the girl by asking “are you ready for daddy to pick you up?” Police say that Beltram was fully aware of the girl’s age when one of his responses was “I’m the one who could go to jail.” With psychic powers like that he should play the lottery. Oh wait, he can’t, he’s in jail on $500,000 bond.

Meanwhile, craigslist founder Craig Newmark recently donated a million dollars in order to combat fake news. Maybe he should have used that money for moderators on craigslist to keep predators like this off their site.

Dylan Lentini sentenced to 20 years in craigslist roommate killing

Dylan Lentini sentenced to 20 years in craigslist roommate killing
Dylan Lentini

This past Tuesday, a now 20-year-old Dylan Lentini was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the stabbing murder of his craigslist roommate, Michael Wimbert of West Nyack, New York. Lentini argued that he killed Wimbert in self-defense as the much larger 68-year-old man was trying to rape him.

Lentini reportedly was causing disruptions in court earlier in the day proclaiming his innocence and interrupting proceedings. Court was in recess for two hours before the judge rendered the sentence. Several people had sent letters and testimony to the court claiming that Wimbert was sexually inappropriate with many other people however, the judge felt the fact that Lentini did not meet the self-defense criteria since he stabbed Wimbert 30 times. Lentini’s own sister even told local New York news that he was manipulative and capable of violence.

It seems that in this instance that no one is a good guy and there is no happy ending.

Long Island man charged in murder of craigslist prostitute

Long Island man charged in murder of craigslist prostitute
Raphael Oyague

36-year-old Raphael Oyague, of Baldwin, New York, is accused of allegedly murdering a craigslist prostitute by beating her to death with a hammer. Oyague is said to have argued with his victim over money she believed she was owed before beating her then dumping her lifeless body in the weeds. Police were able to find Oyague after the victim’s body was found by tracking a blood trail back to his residence. Oyague has been denied bail and has been charged with second-degree murder.

The victim was 25-year-old Deeana M. Wingender from Syosett. Some reports state that she had become addicted to prescription pills and turned to prostituting on craigslist to pay for her habit. Just because she may have been a prostitute, that shouldn’t reduce her meaning in the world as she is said to have come from a loving family who are probably crushed at their loss.

This story shows me a number of things. The first is that prostitution is still happening on craigslist, not that I ever doubted it stopped completely. The second is how dangerous a pill addiction can be. Some people seem to think since they were given their prescription by a doctor it’s ok to abuse them, but prescription pills are one of the leading causes of drug addiction in the country today. Because of her addiction, Miss Wingender wasn’t what people consider a ‘consenting adult’. Even though she may have had no pimp she was still a slave to her addiction. Lastly, this shows that craigslist, or Backpage, does not make prostitutes any safer than walking the streets. As I’ve said before, craigslist and Backpage just make it more convenient since killers and rapists have their victims delivered to their home.

Cincy RSO charged with seeking 10 yo. virgin daughters on craigslist

Cincy RSO charged with posting ad on craigslist for 10 yo. virgin daughters
Kerry Murphy

45-year-old Kerry Murphy of Cincinnati, Ohio, isn’t the first registered sex offender to allegedly ask for child sex on craigslist, but he may be the most detailed.

“I’m looking for an open-minded parent who would be interested in bringing their daughter or daughters by for some passionate play. You cam just drop off and pick up later, stay there and wait while we play, come in the room and watch, or if a mom you can even join us in our play time. I’ms safe, sane, clean, ddf, discreet and respectful. Will respect any limits agreed upon ahead of time, like no bdsm or whatever.”

“You will be compensated for your time. Compensation will be dependent on several factors. Age, experience, time, limits and your involvement. A dad in a hurry, with a lot of limits wanting to watch, a 17yo daughter that’s been around the block a few times, lowest amount. A mom with all day, almost no limits, wanting to join, 10yo and 11yo virgin daughters would be the highest amount. Looking to set this up at a later time, so we have time to talk, set limits, discuss involvement, etc. Please change this subject line to your daughters age to weed out spam.”

As you can expect, the ad was responded to by undercover investigators. Murphy is a registered sex offender, reportedly by his own admission to police, for sexually abusing his 13-year-old stepdaughter.

With such a blatant ad, there’s hardly any room for doubt as to what Murphy was allegedly looking for. This was on craigslist with no moderation or any kind of flagging, with someone just bluntly asking to have sex with children. The two things that really disturb me about this story is that craigslist does nothing to remove these ads, and that people care so little that this goes on through craigslist is they continue to use it. Would you patronize a store that was known to sell child porn? So why do you continue to support the Sears catalog of sex offenders. (Kids, ask your grandparents what a Sears catalog is.)

My apologies to FOX19.com for my liberal interpretation of fair use.

Ky. man charged with stabbing craigslist roommate to death

Ky. man charged with stabbing craigslist roommate to death
Paul Ellefritz Jr.

30-year-old Paul Ellefritz Jr. of Radcliff, Kentucky, has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of his roommate, 48-year-old Kimberly Mayberger. Mayberger had been living with Ellefritz for three months after he responded to her craigslist ad looking for a roommate. She was reported missing on the 11th, but her body was not found until the 14th.

Ellefritz had been initially arrested after he was caught shoplifting a bag of dog food at Wal-Mart. While police were questioning him over that he allegedly tried to escape the interrogation room. Ellefritz is said to have left the body in his residence while he went about his business for the weekend.

I hate to argue semantics because it can seem disrespectful to the victim. However, if someone were to ask me if this was a typical ‘craigslist killing’, like there is such a thing, I would have to say no. Unless Ellefritz was planning on killing her three months after he responded to her ad. So far no motive has been given for the murder but the investigation is still open.

Although Radcliff police have made an arrest in this case, they are still asking anyone with information to contact them at (270) 351-TIPS.

This is far from the first craigslist roommate killing that I’ve posted about. While I may not consider in a craigslist killing in the ‘normal’ sense, it’s happening frequent enough to cause concern. If you’re looking for a roommate or a place to crash I would not recommend using craigslist, but you probably knew that already.

Georgia murder linked to craigslist

Georgia murder linked to craigslist

38-year-old Jamal Hodge of Union City, Georgia, was shot and killed in the nearby city of College Park on November 5th. Police are now saying that his death may have had something to do with an item that he was selling on craigslist. It’s currently unknown what Mr. Hodge was trying to sell, but whatever it was, it seemed important enough for someone to kill for it. A witness has said that two men walked over to Mr. Hodge’s truck and shot him dead. According to the unofficial Craigslist Killing blog, this would make Mr. Hodge victim #106, if this is indeed a craigslist killing.

One thing that struck me about this story was that the Fox 5 Atlanta article mentioned that Mr. Hodge was not only a good man by all accounts, but that he was a martial arts expert as well. When I briefly trained in the martial arts, I saw some masters of it do some amazing things. Unfortunately, even that skill can’t always protect you. With craigslist being as dangerous as it already is, I wouldn’t want my worst enemy using it.

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Mr. Hodge’s family and community that he seemed to be an integral part of.

Georgia murder linked to craigslist
Jamal Hodge

The suspects are still at large.

Atlanta Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this case, please call police at 404-577-TIPS (8477)

Couple found guilty in craigslist murder of Abilene police officer

Couple convicted of murder of Abilene police officer amid doubts of intent
Phillip and Violet Walter

Last week, Violet and Phillip Walter have been convicted in the murder of Abilene, Texas, police officer Don Allen, in his Clyde, Texas, home. Both Walters have been sentenced to 40 years behind bars for Officer Allen’s killing.

Officer Allen’s official cause of death was asphyxiation. Allen had placed a craigslist ad looking for a couple to help commit sex acts that included pegging, (WARNING: Explicit) and communication between Allen and the Walters seem to insinuate that erotic asphyxiation was on the table as well. The deputy medical examiner testified that an accidental death by erotic asphyxiation couldn’t be ruled out. Prosecutors argued that the Walters discussed plans to rob Officer Allen before his death occurred.

APD officer Tim Pipes read a series of text messages sent between Violet and Phillip on the day of Allen’s death. They showed Violet telling Phillip to find a way to get money to prevent impending homelessness and hunger. They then showed that Violet set up a meeting with a person referenced as “Clyde lick.” A Ranger testified earlier in the case that “lick” is slang for a robbery or the victim of a robbery. Another text message from Violet to Phillip says, “Choke him,” with another sent hours before Allen’s death saying, “Take him out all the way, just do it.”

Officer Allen’s death should serve as a warning to others looking to get their rocks off through craigslist. If a police officer isn’t safe from craigslist criminals, neither is anyone else. With craigslist’s low barrier of entry and implied notions of anonymity, crimes like these will only continue to occur.

Truck driving craigslist creeper accused of raping Idaho boy

Truck driving craigslist creeper accused of raping Idaho boy
Kyle Townsend

31-year-old truck driver Kyle Townsend is accused of allegedly raping a 14-year-old boy that he met through craigslist. The Idaho Falls boy had placed an ad on craigslist, looking for a ride to Nevada. Police say that Townsend responded to the ad and picked up the boy at a local mall. Then this is reportedly what happened next…

Court records show Townsend forced the boy to perform sexual acts and then raped him. The teen reported to police he vomited after the assault and Townsend kicked him out of the truck saying the boy was “too easy.”

Townsend is also accused of trying to pick up another boy and sending him nude photos.

This is what a lot of predators do. The first victim in the story, more than likely, was having problems at home. Sexual predators will take advantage of situations like this in order to gain the trust of their victim. They’ll look for kids reaching out for help but instead of lending a helping hand they strike with a closed fist.