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


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.

Police say NC craigslist rapist knew what he was doing

Suspect arrested in Craigslist rape:

Police in Kannnapolis, NC are saying that accused craigslist rapist Rodney Liverman knew that this was not a case of role play when the unnamed husband arranged to have his wife raped.

“It is complicated because there is an allegation of role-play,” said Capt. Chuck Adams of the Kannapolis Police Department. “However, the information leading up to this encounter has made it clear to us that this individual should have known this was not going to be a role-play.”

Liverman also has a previous criminal record. In 1994 he was convicted of assaulting a female and spent 10 days in jail for it.

These new allegations make this case even more scary. Not only the fact that a husband thought it was a good idea to have his wife raped but also because he actually found someone willing to rape his wife.

Kannapolis craigslist rape suspect caught

Police arrest second suspect in Craigslist rape case:

After receiving a tip from the Secret Service police have arrested 39-year-old Rodney Wayne Liverman of Norwood, North Carolina. He is believed to be the man who committed the rape of the Kannapolis, NC woman whose husband arranged for her rape over craigslist.

He’s currently being held on $250,000 bond.

Man who had his wife raped through craigslist ran a daycare

Home of Kannapolis rape victim is a daycare:

The search warrant executed at the Kannapolis, NC man who allegedly had his wife raped through craigslist also shows that a daycare was being run in the house. However only one child attended the daycare and he/she was not there at the time of the rape. Are there any honest daycare workers anymore? (Yes I know there are so don’t send me hate mail.)

A search warrant was also executed at the man’s place of employment in hopes of finding the actual rapist. Nothing was seized from his workplace.

More details released in Kannapolis, NC craigslist rape

Search Warrant Released In Craigslist Rape Case:

Search continues for man hired to rape wife:

The search warrant in the case of the husband who allegedly arranged for his wife’s rape on craigslist was made available to the media.

One of the more startling details from the search warrant state that the victim said that after the rape her husband told her to take a shower and to not call police. That sounds like it may warrant a tampering with evidence charge to me.

The victim also said that her husband has had a fantasy about having sex with her and another man. Hey buddy, we all have fantasies but if one of the participants isn’t willing that’s pretty much the end of it right there.

I really want to know if he actually thought she’d enjoy being raped or was he just interested in seeing her humiliated.

The actual attacker still remains at large.

Police hot on the trail of Kannapolis craigslist rapist

‘Strong lead’ in case of man who allegedly arranged wife’s rape:

Man Accused of Arranging Wife’s Rape on Craigslist Jailed on $200G Bond:

Local police and federal law enforcement say they have strong leads on the man who is believed to have carried out the actual rape that was arranged by a Kannapolis, NC man on his wife.

Secret Service is going over the husband’s computer and phone records and feel they will more than likely capture the alleged rapist.

The husband himself is being held on $200K bond.

According to Kannapolis police the ad allegedly said that the husband wanted someone to come to his house and have sex with his wife using ‘scare tactics’.

craigslist has issued a response but it wasn’t directly from CEO Jim Buckmaster. It was issued through craigslist mouthpiece Susan MacTavish Best. We haven’t heard from her in a while.

“We share the public’s horror that such a crime was committed, and our heart goes out to the victim,” said Craigslist spokeswoman Susan MacTavish Best.

Hollow words at best considering craigslist’s reputation.

TTRR Exclusive: Husband accused of arranging wife’s rape on craigslist has sex crime record

Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader I have some more information on the Kannapolis, NC man accused of arranging his wife’s rape on craigslist.

It seems that last year while on vacation the same man allegedly dropped his towel twice in front of a female pizza delivery employee. It seems like this scumbag seems to think that life really is like it is in porn.

There’s even a lot more to this story than you can even imagine however I can’t post the details without revealing the victim’s identity.

Thanks to Diane for the tip.

Kannapolis, NC man arranges to have his wife raped on craigslist

Police say man arranged to have his wife raped:

Kannapolis, North Carolina is a town just two towns over from TTRR HQ here in Charlotte. It’s a town that was built on the back of the textile industry. As a matter of fact the literal translation of the name Kannapolis is ‘city of looms’. When the textile jobs went overseas it fell on hard times but is starting to pick itself up with more technical industries. It’s a decent sized southern town with hard-working people. It’s even the home of the Earnhardt family of NASCAR fame.

Having said that even my jaded view of the world was rocked when this story broke.

Allegedly what happened is that a man from a decent part of Kannapolis placed an ad on craigslist for someone to come to his house and rape his wife. No doubt he probably placed the ad claiming that it was some kind of fantasy of theirs for this to happen. Except it wasn’t. While it may have been a fantasy for the husband it wasn’t for the wife. The man allegedly did not tell his wife about the ad. So on Sunday a man entered their home armed with a knife and raped the man’s wife while he just stood by and watched. Their children were even home at the time.

It’s not known at this time if the alleged rapist knew he was committing full on rape or if he was just a pawn of the man who placed the ad. The accused rapist himself is still at large while the husband has been put behind bars.

I was interviewed for this article by the local news and like I said to them while craigslist may have cleaned up the erotic/adult services section the casual encounters section still has a long way to go.

So far craigslist has issued no response.

Thanks to Tom Roussey at WBTV for having me on.