Two dead in craigslist-type killing in Georgia

Two dead in craigslist-type killing in Georgia

Two men in their 20s were shot and killed on Monday in Walton County, Georgia, after what the local sheriff called a “Craigslist-type situation”. The site or app used has not been made public yet, but this is another online-fueled robbery turned murder that has happened in Georgia in so many weeks.

The victims have yet to be identified, however, a 16-year-old has been apprehended but another suspect is still at large. The local sheriff is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the apprehension of the suspect.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.

Topeka murder was over terms of lease

Topeka murder was over terms of lease
Anthony Darcy

I previously posted about the murder of Stephen Snyder in Topeka, Kansas, here. At the time I wondered if it was yet another craigslist killing since Snyder bought the house from his alleged killer on craigslist. While the purchase of the house through craigslist has been confirmed, craigslist had nothing to do with the murder.

Recently, an affidavit was made public that detailed what police believe to be the actual motive behind the murder. Mr. Snyder did indeed buy the house 81-year-old Anthony Darcy was living in. Mr. Snyder allowed Darcy to live in the house for two weeks providing Snyder could come to the house when he wanted in order to make preparations for moving in.

On the day before the sale, Darcy presented a lease without the language allowing the buyers to visit the house. The buyers didn’t sign that lease, and Darcy, who wasn’t “happy about them wanting to paint some rooms in the house,” indicated he might back out of the deal, the affidavit said.

But during the sale, Darcy “had not complained” about the buyers visiting the house, the affidavit said.

On the day of the shooting, Snyder approached the house with his 8-year-old son when Darcy is said to have opened fire on Snyder. Darcy was said to have called 911 and told dispatchers he shot Snyder because “he was tired of his (expletive).” Darcy then reportedly placed the gun on the kitchen counter and waited for police.

Even I’m a little shocked at the callousness of Mr. Snyder’s murder. Not only did Darcy murder a man over something so petty as being annoyed over a house visit, but he did it in front of Mr. Snyder’s 8-year-old son, putting the child in potential danger as well. Some may say the prosecution should go easy on Darcy since he’s an 81-year-old man with no criminal record. I disagree. While he may have waited late in life to commit a crime, he committed one of the most heinous crimes one can commit. Because of that he deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Cell phone seized in drug raid may be connected to Carina Saunders’ murder

Cell phone seized in drug raid may be connected to Carina Saunders' murder

A new development has been made public in the investigation into the murder of 19-year-old Carina Saunders. For those of you new to the site, Carina was murdered in 2011 and parts of her dismembered body were found in a duffle bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) says they believe there is a video of Carina’s murder somewhere out there and have offered a $10,000 reward for receipt of the video. Two men were arrested for her murder, but the charges were withdrawn, for now.

More recently, the OSBI searched two properties in Oklahoma City that belonged to a guy named Kenny Richards. Several items were collected at the sites by state investigators, although they have not commented on what those items are. Richards is believed to have prostituted Carina and is believed to have been the last person who saw Carina alive.

Now, court records have stated the OBSI received a cell phone from the DEA that contained a picture of Carina Saunders. The phone was seized by the DEA during a drug operation. The phone is said to belong to one Kenny Richards. Richards has stated publicly Carina was a friend of his and he did not kill her.

What I would like to know is what is it about the picture that made it important to the OBSI? Is it something in the picture itself, the date, or something else contained in the photo’s data? So far what I’m taking away from this is there’s a picture of Carina on a phone that belonged to a person of interest in the investigation, but someone who also knew Carina personally. To put it bluntly, I’m not seeing the big deal so far.

I have my own thoughts on Richards himself, but I won’t expound on those since he has not been charged with any crime related to Carina’s murder.
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Two men charged in Georgia’s latest craigslist killing

Two men charged in Georgia's latest craigslist killing
Brooks and Scott

Last Monday afternoon, 26-year-old Mezaio Pickett was shot and killed in a restaurant parking lot in Smyrna, Georgia. Local news outlets reported the killing was related to a craigslist deal gone wrong. I did not see any word on if this was a robbery planned from the start, or what item the deal may have involved. Pickett’s alleged assailants remained at large for two days before police arrested 22-year-olds Damien Akeen Scott and Vincent Diandrez Brooks. Both have been charged with homicide-murder and aggravated assault.

Sadly, the Peach State of Georgia is not unfamiliar with craigslist killings and other crimes. While the most high-profile one was the murder of elderly couple Bud and June Runion, there has also been the recent disappearance of Vicente Cruz, and the murder of 51-year-old Sam Norman who was using the classifieds app LetGo.

When dealing with people from craigslist, the old rules no longer apply. It isn’t just enough to meet someone in public. Too many people have been hurt for this to be a viable form of business anymore. Most articles state the best way to complete these transactions safely is to meet at a police station, but how much longer will it be before a robbery is even attempted there? That’s not even counting the less than legitimate transactions that have led to violence. With such a low barrier of entry and the perceived notion of anonymity it gives its users, craigslist is just a bad deal all around.
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SC man accused of running victim over in craigslist vigilante killing

SC man accused of running victim over in craigslist vigilante killing
Nowell Harrison Riddle

I can’t stress this enough, if something of yours is stolen through craigslist or shows up on craigslist, report it to the police and let them do their job. As I’ve mentioned previously, the media loves to run stories where people circumvented police in order to get their stolen belongings back, however, if something were to go wrong you could end up in dire straits.

For example, take 31-year-old Nowell Harrison Riddle of Lyman, South Carolina. Mr. Riddle was selling a motorcycle on craigslist. The man posing as the buyer took off with the bike after claiming he was taking it for a test drive. Riddle then reported the theft to Spartanburg County deputies. Things should have ended there, but while Riddle was out in his vehicle he spotted the man on the stolen bike. Riddle called deputies again, but then allegedly took matters into his own hands by running the man down with his car after the alleged bike thief tried to leave the scene. Riddle is said to have killed 36-year-old Steven Russell Ridenour, of Greer, South Carolina, after striking him with his car and dragging him for a short distance. Riddle has also been charged with child endangerment because he had his infant son in the car with him when he is said to have killed Ridenour. Ridenour is said to have died from blunt force trauma to the head.

I don’t care if the guy rode the motorcycle onto your front yard, did donuts and wheelies before flipping you off and driving away. Under no circumstances was lethal force necessary in this situation. Riddle’s intent may not have been to kill Ridenour but that’s what happened and that can’t be changed. Now because of either impatience or uncontrolled anger issues, an infant boy may now have to grow up without his father while he sits in jail. There is no motorcycle worth that.
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3 charged in KC craigslist killing of man and burning his body

3 charged in KC craigslist killing of man and burning his body
Dozier and Wren (Not pictured: Tayelor Fitzpatrick)

The charred remains of 29-year-old Michael Luckey, of Osawatomie, Kansas, were found in his burnt out car in the driveway of an abandoned home in Kansas City, Missouri. Luckey allegedly went to Kansas City after responding to a craigslist ad for sex. Once he arrived at his destination three men identified as Micah Dozier, 18, Tayelor Fitzpatrick, 20, and Larry K. Wren III, 18, allegedly attempted to rob Luckey, but in the ensuing struggle Luckey was stabbed to death. The trio then reportedly put Luckey back in his car and moved the car to the abandoned home before setting it on fire. All three suspects have been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and tampering with evidence.

I wasn’t able to find out if the fake ad was a casual encounters hook up ad or a straight up ad for prostitution. Yes, they still exist on craigslist. Let me give a word of advice to all the internet Lotharios out there. If it’s a casual encounters ad she’s more than likely a prostitute and looks nothing like her picture, and if she’s not a prostitute she’s actually a bunch of guys looking to rob and beat you. So unless you want to end up like so much Kansas City BBQ I suggest you try to meet women the honest way and not through places like craigslist.

Va. teen murdered after trying to buy phone on LetGo

Va. teen murdered after trying to buy phone on LetGo

16-year-old Jamaa Khalik Scott of Richmond, Virginia, was shot and killed outside of a middle school after he went to meet someone who he thought he would be buying an iPhone from. Scott found the phone on the classifieds app LetGo. One witness and friend of Scott said Scott allegedly couldn’t afford the phone and planned on grabbing the phone and running. When the seller showed up, a struggle ensued, resulting in Scott being shot. The gunman was said to have picked up something off the ground before fleeing the scene. While the killing took place in Mid-April there still have been no arrests. Henrico County Police have asked LetGo for their help in finding the killer.

While there may be no good guys in this story, I have to add stealing a smart phone is not exactly a perfect crime. There are a multitude of ways smart phones can be tracked, and more than likely I doubt your average thief can think of all of them. The number of stories where cell phone thieves are caught are numerous and varied and usually end up in jail time for the thief. So the next time you think about stealing that phone, ask yourself if it’s worth the jail time, or in this case, the funeral.

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.

Items found in Carina Saunders murder investigation made public

Items found in Carina Saunders murder investigation made public

Recently, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations had searched two properties in Oklahoma City and had found items of interest in the murder investigation of Carina Saunders. Now, a search warrant used by the OBSI has been released, detailing the items that they had found.

The warrants indicates a folding knife, shirt, windbreaker jacket, and slip-on sandals were recovered during the three-day excavation in Northwest Oklahoma City.

As has been mentioned previously, it could be months before any forensic evidence can reveal if these items are related to Carina’s murder.

What I also found interesting about the News9 article that I linked to above, is they seem to insinuate Kenny Richards may have had more involvement in the murder than he’s letting on. I hate to talk about someone who at least has not been arrested for the crime I’m posting about, but the property these items were found on belonged to Richards, and News9 has said court records show investigators had received tips claiming Richards allegedly drove Carina to where her body was found and he had buried her belongings in a metal drum on his property. Richards has steadfastly denied any involvement in Carina’s murder.

While I’m not necessarily defending Richards, in my opinion it seems like Carina’s murder was a multi-person affair. By walking an accusatory thin line, certain news outlets could be potentially jeopardizing the investigation by putting too much of the spotlight on any one person of interest. The brutal way Carina met her end demands justice and doesn’t need any more hindrances in bringing the guilty to justice.

Person of interest in Carina Saunders murder texts local news station

Person of interest in Carina Saunders murder texts local news station

Another odd development in an already bizarre story. After agents of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations finished examining some Oklahoma City properties in the Carina Saunders murder investigation, the person who once owned the properties responded to a local news station.

As mentioned in my previous post, the man who used to own the properties is Kenny Richards. Not only is he believed to have allegedly prostituted Carina, he’s also believed to be the last person to see her alive according to news reports. After his name appeared in the news earlier this week he sent a series of text messages to local TV station News 9.

In a series of text messages, Richards said, “It [sic] all wrong…I told police everything I know.”

Richards explained via text Wednesday evening, “She [Saunders] was a friend of mine…I miss her, too!!” … “I have nothing more to say!!”

I’d be interested in knowing if News 9 reached out to Richards or if he reached out to them. They left that more than a little vague in their article.

The article does mention what items investigators were specifically looking for.

Saunders’ personal items were listed including shoes, socks, bra, underwear, belt, T-shirt, handbag and her wallet.

Investigators were also hoping to recover parts of her body that have been missing since she was found dismembered in a duffel bag in Bethany.

Considering they wrapped up their investigation of the properties early and said that the OSBI recovered items of interest, could they be finally getting closer to bringing Carina’s brutal killer or killers to justice? We can only hope.