Man arrested after posting Craigslist murder ad:
$1 million bail for suspect in Craigslist sex-and-death case:
Once again I’m late to the party. I’m sure most of you have heard by now about the guy from Washington state who posted ad on craigslist looking for a woman he could have sex with then kill her and get paid for it too.
That man allegedly is 24-year-old Shawn T. Skelton of Kent, Washington.
Supposedly a craigslist employee spotted the casual encounters ad entitled “A strange desire” where Skelton allegedly expressed his desire to have sex with a woman he could murder and his fee was $1000.
Seattle police intervened contacted Skelton in an undercover capacity.
Investigators say after communicating with the man about 30 times, during which the man doubled his price to $2,000, detectives set up a sting at the Aero Motel in South Seattle where the man allegedly agreed to meet the would-be murder victim.
But of course the victim was the Seattle PD. Skelton allegedly had a length of chain and a knife on him at the time of his arrest.
Not surprisingly anymore his girlfriend is proclaiming his innocence and that police set him up…
“He didn’t do anything,” the woman said. “If he was doing anything, he was trying to figure out a way to get money. He had no intent to go through with it.”
She said she read some of the e-mails between police and her boyfriend and she said the police “definitely entrapped him.” She said the issue of payment was brought up by officers, not by her boyfriend.
“They offered him money and we’re broke, living at our grandmother’s house,” she said.
“He actually has a lot, lot, lot of mental issues that need to be dealt with … But he’s not really the person they’re making him out to be,” she said. “He’s a good person, an amazing father, and I love him and support him.”
Not only is love blind but it’s retarded.
Skelton allegedly placed the ad so guess what sweetheart, it’s not entrapment.
Skelton is currently being held on $1M bond.
Now this brings up a few points. First Skelton must be the dumbest criminal in America. With all the attention on craigslist now thanks to the so-called craigslist killing out of Boston you would think that he would have picked a different avenue. Or maybe he picked craigslist because of all the attention. Either way he’s an alleged idiot.
Secondly the ad was discovered by a craigslist employee. I thought they didn’t have the manpower to monitor their ads since they only have 28 employees. If you monitor one you have to be able to monitor all.
Lastly where was the so-called community policing that craigslist brags about so much. Why wasn’t this ad flagged by the other craigslist users?
craigslist’s response should be interesting if they deem this incident worthy enough to give one. I bet it will be about how they helped the police.
Thanks to Soobs, SuziQ, Greg and Steve Huff for the tips.