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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.

UPDATE 6/30/2017: The trial has been set for October.

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.

Will wonders never cease: Texas man confesses on the stand

Capital Murder Confession:

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Please check out the fascinating article by journalist Alex Wukman that I posted the link to above.

Do you know how I’m always saying just once I wish one of these murderous troglodytes would actually admit to their crimes? You know, like the ones who shoot several people in front of witnesses then please not guilty? Well it seems one man on trial for capital murder did just that.

Darrell Wayne Parker was facing a possible death sentence, in Texas no less, for the shooting deaths of his mother and stepfather, Cathy Youngblood and Charles Youngblood. Parker seemed to be the type who couldn’t keep his nose clean and ended up having to live with his folks. He got into it with his stepfather when Parker didn’t do some chores that Mr. Youngblood asked him to so Parker gunned down Mr. Youngblood and his own mother who just happened to have breast cancer.

Parker pleaded not guilty but while testifying admitted to the crime.

“We all agree you are guilty of capital murder,” Nelson Barnes, prosecuting attorney, had asked Parker. A “yes, sir” then stumbled out of Parker’s mouth.

I would have paid good money to see the virtual aneurysm his defense attorney had. Subsequently Parker was sentenced to life without parole.

Not surprisingly there are plans to appeal but those plans seem to come from his attorney and not Parker himself at least that’s how it’s being portrayed in the press.

As usual I’m not doing the article justice so I urge you to go read it in its entirety.

Craigslist killing in Atlanta

Man shot and killed during Craigslist sale:

Man reportedly shot during botched DeKalb Craigslist deal:

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As if the DeKalb County section of Atlanta didn’t have enough problems to deal with yesterday an unidentified 60-year-old man was shot and killed during a craigslist deal gone bad.

The details have not been forthcoming but reports say that the victim was allegedly meeting with potential buyers for a cell phone he was trying to sell. Police seem to think that this was a botched robbery attempt. No suspect has been apprehended at this time.

With the lack of details I can only comment on this, craigslist is dangerous. I realize that craigslist has millions of transactions that happen without any malice but has an inordinate amount of transactions that end up just like this one.

UPDATE 4/15/2015: The victim was 56-year-old Clarence Gardenhire and his killers Contevious Stepp-McCommons, 20, and Malik Rice, 19, have both been convicted and sentenced to life without parole.

Craigslist killing in Philadelphia

Willow Grove man arrested in Craigslist murder:

Willow Grove man arrested in ‘Craigslist murder’:

Police Release More Details in Alleged Craigslist Killing:

Thomas Coffee

Thomas Coffee

Once again I find myself having to apologize for the tardiness of my posts. As I mentioned in my previous post I’ve been having some personal issues and blogging has been the last thing on my mind. However that should be no excuse. As bad as I have it there are people who have it worse.

For example a few Friday nights ago in Philadelphia 27-year-old Daniel Cooke, of Williamstown,New Jersey went to Philadelphia with a few friends. Not unheard of as Philly is a known nightspot for some of those in South Jersey. However Daniel was not going to Philly for a night on the town. Daniel and his friends went to the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia to look at an ATV that had been advertised on craigslist. That’s where police say that he met up with 23-year-old Thomas Coffee.

Witnesses say that Coffee walked Daniel down the street and when was out of eyesight Coffee allegedly robbed Cooke and shot him in the face. Cooke died from his wounds at the scene. There was never any ATV according to police. Investigators say that this was a premeditated attack perpetrated by Coffee in order to lure and rob someone. Coffee is said to have a lengthy criminal record.

Even though Daniel Cooke may have made several mistakes in what he thought was a good faith business transaction Craigslist will try to tell you that there are safe ways to conduct business through craigslist. There aren’t. It doesn’t matter if you have friends with you or if you meet the seller or buyer during the day. I have posted story after story about people being attacked in what a lot of people would think are reasonably safe. That just means the safer you try to be the more brazen the criminal will try to act.

Do yourself a favor and avoid craigslist. They have lost the war to the criminals not that they ever put up much of a fight.

UPDATE 8/10/2015: Last week Coffee was convicted and sentenced to life without parole while maintaining his innocence. He claims that Cooke was killed by a biking friend of his named “Stead.” I believe that’s called the imaginary friend defense.

A Backpage murder where no one is innocent

Woods and Williams

Woods and Williams

Coast Guardsman Murder Case Sent to Grand Jury:

Here are all the players in our little drama.

Shaniah Woods: A transgender prostitute advertising on Backpage.

Christopher Williams: The pimp and/or bodyguard.

Robert Andrew Roberts: Coast Guardsmen from Alabama and alleged murder victim.

Back in March Mr. Roberts responded to a Backpage ad for Woods and the pair met at a hotel. She supposedly asked for ID but instead Roberts allegedly started groping her. Then the pair went out to a vehicle where Williams was where they discussed price. For some unknown reason a scuffle broke out and Roberts was shot to death with his own gun by Williams.

The suspects are claiming self-defense.

This story shows a number of things. The first is you are taking your life into your hands by using prostitutes. Secondly, if you engage in a life of prostitution and sex trafficking you may find yourself on the wrong end of a murder charge. And lastly Backpage made money on this murder.

It’s ok to kill craigslist prostitutes in Texas

Ezekiel Gilbert

Ezekiel Gilbert

Man Acquitted in Craigslist Escort Death:

Texas Man, Ezekiel Gilbert, Acquitted For Killing Craigslist Escort Lenora Ivie Frago:

The other day I brought you the story of the 2009 shooting death of 23-year-old Lenora Ivie Frago of San Antonio, Texas. I can’t call it a murder anymore but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Ms. Frago was working as a craigslist prostitute and had her services solicited by 30-year-old Ezekiel Gilbert. He paid her $150 but she refused to have sex with him. To get back his money Gilbert shot her. She was kept alive by life support for months until her family finally decided to take her off of it. If you’ve ever had family in that kind of situation you know how difficult that process can be.

Gilbert’s attorney argued that Gilbert used reasonable force to reclaim his property in this case the $150. I thought there was no way a jury could buy this but they did. Earlier today Gilbert was acquitted of the charges against him.

The Texas law allows citizens to use such force to “retrieve stolen property at night” or to hinder a burglar from escaping the scene of a crime during the night, as long as the person “reasonably” thinks that they have no other means of protecting their property.

So they don’t take into consideration that this shooting was done during the commission of another crime, the crime of prostitution. Last time I checked that was still illegal in Texas. If this was a drug deal gone bad would Gilbert have been acquitted? I doubt it. This is why no one cares about human trafficking. All its victims are seen as nothing more than human trash who deserve what they got.

Obviously Ms. Frago had a family that cared about her and all because some loser who couldn’t get laid on his own wanted his precious 150 bucks back she had to lie brain-dead for months while this jackhole is able to carry on with his life. Normally when a person is acquitted of a crime I remove all traces of it from my website, but not this one. This one needs to remain in order to show the injustice that was done and how poorly our society thinks of women like Ms. Frago who deserve better.

So if there are any aspiring serial killers out there head to Texas. You can kill all the hookers you want and just claim you were reclaiming your property.

The San Antonio craigslist killing that no one has heard about

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Murder trial delayed for Craigslist escort killer:

This is the first I’m hearing about this story and I’m sure it’s the first time most of you have heard about it too. More on that later.

On Christmas Eve 2009 30-year-old Ezekiel Gilbert allegedly shot and killed 23-year-old Lenora Ivie Frago who was working as a craigslist prostitute in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Frago was on life support until July of 2010 until her family decided to taker her off of it.

Gilbert’s defense is that the shooting was justified because he was trying to recover his ‘stolen property’. Gilbert is said to have paid Frago $150 for sex but then she declined after receiving the money. When dealing in illegal transactions there is always a risk that you may get ripped off. Most people would cut their losses at that point and get out without risking harm or attracting the attention of police. However this is not a ‘recovery of stolen property’, it’s a revenge killing over a measly $150. The article I linked to is about how the trial has been delayed due to a juror’s family emergency but is set to resume tomorrow.

Now it’s been almost 3 years since Ms. Frago’s death. Why hasn’t anyone outside of San Antonio heard about this. Is it because it happened in Texas and not Boston? Is it because Ms. Frago worked as a prostitute? Or was it because Ms. Frago may not be white? I think it’s safe to assume that it’s a combination of all three.

Just because Ms. Frago worked as a prostitute doesn’t make her death any less tragic and senseless.

Richard Beasley sentenced to death for Ohio craigslist killings

Richard Beasley

Richard Beasley

Craigslist killer Richard Beasley sentenced to death:

Previously an Ohio jury recommended the death penalty for 53-year-old Richard Beasley after he was convicted of killing 51-year-old David Pauley, 47-year-old Timothy Kern and 56-year-old Ralph Geiger. Yesterday Beasley was officially sentenced to death for killing the three victims in the craigslist job scam murders. Beasley was in danger of going to jail for drug and human trafficking charges and was going to steal the identities of his victims to avoid capture.

By my estimation Beasley will more than likely be 73 when his execution date finally rolls around. Since Beasley appears to be in not so good health he’ll probably die of natural causes long before then.

Beasley stated in court that his conviction will be reversed. Don’t hold your breath on that one.

The latest craigslist killing happened in Tinley Park, IL

Christopher Dyson

Christopher Dyson

Markham man charged in Tinley Park shooting:

The latest name to add to the ever-expanding list of craigslist killers is 18-year-old Christopher Dyson. He’s accused of allegedly shooting 24-year-old Thomas Mastro to death after a craigslist deal gone wrong in Tinley Park, Illinois.

Police say that Mastro placed an ad on craigslist looking to unload his Playstation 3 and had agreed to trade it with Dyson for an iPhone. Mastro went to get the PS3 in the box from Dyson’s trunk when a struggle for the box ensued and Dyson shot Mastro in the chest. This was all done in broad daylight in front of a local convenience store. Dyson was caught after a 45 minute manhunt.

Again doing any kind of business on craigslist is like taking your life in your own hands. It doesn’t matter the location, the time of day or how many witnesses are around. Some people don’t care and will stop at nothing as long as it benefits themselves no matter how small the dollar amount may be.