Back in March…of last year, 64-year-old craigslist vigilante William Knight, of Streetsboro, Ohio, shot and killed a man he thought had stolen his son-in-law’s dirt bike. Knight found the bike being sold on craigslist and decided to confront the seller in Akron. The only problem is, the seller wasn’t the person who stole the bike. Knight killed 24-year-old Keith Johnson who had bought the bike from someone the year before. Knight claimed self-defense, but witnesses say Johnson was trying to flee at the time of the shooting. Originally, Knight was only charged with involuntary manslaughter. Later, a grand jury indicted Knight for murder.
Initially, Knight had informed police he was going to meet the seller, but something more pressing drew the police’s attention so Knight didn’t wait on them. If you find something of yours that was stolen listed on a site or app like craigslist, don’t go to meet the seller yourself. Instead, call the police and let them handle it. It’s kind of their job. While the media loves to tell stories about civilians whose stolen stuff ended up on craigslist and got it back by confronting the thief, there are so many things that could go wrong in that situation that it’s too dangerous to conduct such a sting on your own. There’s no stolen property that’s worth the cost of your life.
It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since Richard Beasely was sentenced to death. Not surprisingly, he hasn’t been executed yet. If Ohio doesn’t impose a moratorium on the death penalty, I give him about another 15 years before his date with the needle.
In case you may not remember Richard Beasley, he concocted a plot where men would be lured to Ohio for a phony farm job Beasley posted on craigslist. Three me were shot and killed by Beasley after responding to the ad. Those men were Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern. A fourth man, Scott Davis, was able to escape from Beasley’s attack.
Beasley also employed a teenage henchman by the name of Brogan Rafferty who helped Beasley dispose of their victims’ bodies. The pair would split any ill-gotten gain they were able to claim from their victims. Rafferty was tried as an adult and sentenced to life without parole.
Beasley was attempting to steal the men’s identities, probably because he was already facing criminal charges for drug and human trafficking.
This past week, the Ohio State Supreme Court upheld Beasley’s death sentence. Beasley’s defense argued there were errors in the trial which should cause a new trial. However, not only did the Ohio Supreme Court vote unanimously that Beasley’s conviction should stand, but the court also voted 6-1 that the Beasley’s death sentence should remain. The only thing more perfect than that in Ohio was the Cleveland Browns 0-16 season last year.
But again, as is the problem with most death penalty cases, Beasley will probably never get the justice he truly deserves. While Beasley can file appeal after appeal, Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern can’t appeal their death sentences and they didn’t even commit any crime.
Woman warns about pet adoption ads after paying $500 for nothing:
Florida woman loses $500 after wiring money out-of-state for a dog on craigslist that doesn’t exist.
1. Don’t ever wire money to people you don’t know.
2. Don’t buy pets on craigslist.
Not only do you have to worry about non-existent pets, but too many puppy mills advertise on craigslist.
Delavan man pleads guilty in child-trafficking case:
22-year-old Octavion L. Keith, of Delavan, Wisconisn, pleaded guilty to prostituting a minor on Backpage. However he claimed that he was babysitting the girl’s siblings so she could make money as a prostitute. Riiiiiiiight.
You know, it’s gotten to the point every time I see a story about a teacher sending out nude pics on Snapchat, I almost automatically assume it’s a female teacher ‘seducing’ a younger male student. Imagine my surprise when I clicked on the link to the news article to find this…
Gregory Smith is a substitute teacher who worked at the Scioto County, Ohio, schools. He’s accused of allegedly sending a nude Snapchat of himself to a female student and trying to get the girl to come to his home for sex.
What 67-year-old man thinks that a teenage girl is going to want to have sex with them? Unless you’re filthy rich or Taylor Swift’s grandfather, they’re not.
Also, my usual advice to parents applies here as well. Check your kids’ devices to know what apps they’re using and who their friends are on these apps. Be their parent, not their buddy. In this digital age there comes a time when you have to stop being the ‘cool’ parent and be a real parent.
Police in Port Clinton, Ohio, are advising local residents to be aware of someone who has been approaching their children on Instagram. The person with the username of “cry_baby_cryyy” is said to have been approaching children on Instagram and having conversations with them before revealing they’re an adult. Reports say the Instagram conversations are ‘alarming’.
What I found more alarming was what Port Clinton Police discovered in their investigation.
In case you missed the part I was talking about, it’s the “some of the parents were not even aware that their child was using Instagram”.
Let me clue some parents into something. If your kids have a mobile device, such as a cell phone or tablet, and they’re above the age of 12, they’re probably on Instagram, and if they’re on Instagram, they’re probably sharing too much personal information whether they realize it or not.
Online predators can often discern your child’s relative location by things that appear in the background of pictures such as school colors or any activity your kid may belong to. Have a discussion with your kids about sharing information that could put them in danger, and if you don’t know if your kids are on Instagram, look for the icon at right on their devices.
48-year-old Chad Laverne Laughlin, of Noel, Missouri, was arrested in Miami, Ohio, when he was caught allegedly making out with a 14-year-old girl at a public library. It turns out that Laughlin was said to have bought the girl a cell phone so he could communicate with the girl on Kik. Her parents had no idea the girl had this phone. The pair reportedly had exchanged explicit pictures of themselves on Kik and had been communicating since the girl was 13. One disturbing message from Laughlin shows how far he was willing to go to be with the girl…
On June 1, Laughlin texted her, “Kitten, I may have found a way, you can even still go to school, but we have to get you a passport… We can emigrate to Israel, you’re 100 percent legal there… 14 is the age of consent.”
Great plan there Captain Pedo. It’s not like you wouldn’t be pursued for international kidnapping. Not to mention the fact the US has had an extradition treaty with Israel since the early 1960s.
However, this story takes an extreme left turn when, while investigating Laughlin, police found that the girl was being pursued by another predator, 25-year-old Dannon Lane Trujillo of Miami. Trujillo was ever so classy when messaging the girl…
“You want to be *** raped at the library. Don’t you?”
What a romantic.
You know, I wonder if the girl messaged Trujillo using the same phone that Laughlin bought her.
While this girl may have made some poor life choices, she is still a victim. A 14-year-old girl can not legally consent to sex anywhere in this country. We can only hope she learns from her mistakes now before her life goes down an even more dangerous path.
An Egyptian immigrant who moved his family to Ohio for a safer, better life was shot and killed Thursday night in Cleveland.
Mr. Kamel was trying to sell his car on the classifieds app OfferUp. He went from his home in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, to Cleveland in order to meet the buyers. When he got there witnesses say he was approached by four men. A scuffle ensued which resulted in Mr. Kamel being shot. He later died from his injuries at a nearby hospital. According to Mr. Kamel’s family, the buyers changed the location at the last minute. Anytime a buyer or seller wants to change the location at the last minute, back out. It’s not worth the risk. It’s very sad that he escaped the upheaval in Egypt only to be gunned down by a few American thugs. We’re supposed to be better than that.
At last check, police are still looking for suspects…
Anyone with information is being asked to call investigators at 216-623-5464.
To my knowledge this is the first murder facilitated through the OfferUp app, which to me, shows most of the classifieds apps and websites are still inherently unsafe.