Since the arrest of Philip Markoff, aka the famous “Craigslist Killer” in 2009, the popular website has come under a lot of scrutiny. But when you take a closer look, you’ll find that there have been 58 murders and 45 murder victims connected to Craigslist postings since Markoff’s arrest. So here are just some of the chilling murders linked to Craigslist.
THE SENSUAL MASSAGE OF DEATH
In 2009, Philip Markoff answered a Craigslist ad for a sensual massage in Boston. But when he met 26-year-old Julissa Brisman, he wound up shooting her on the 20th floor of the Marriott Copley Place Hotel. Markoff then committed suicide while awaiting trial.
S&M GONE WRONG
John Katehis stabbed 47-year-old radio reporter George Weber 50 times in his apartment. He claimed he answered a Craigslist ad in NY in 2009, but then things went horribly wrong during an S&M encounter and Katehis claimed he was just defending himself. He was convicted of 2nd degree murder with the possibility of parole in 2034.
DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND DEATH
John Steven Burgess is out on parole, but served 5 years in prison for disposing of the body of Donna Jou, a woman he gave drugs and alcohol to after answering a Craigslist ad in 2009. When he woke up, she was dead. So he freaked out and disposed of the body. Her remains have not been found.
THE WOMB RAIDER
Korena Roberts was charged with aggravated murder and sentenced to life in prison after using Craigslist to meet 21-year-old Heather Snively in 09 to sell baby clothes. But it was a pretense, and after hitting Snively 30 times, Roberts cut Snively’s abdomen and stole her fetus, leaving her to die from blood loss.
AUTO THEFT WITH A SIDE OF DEATH
Tammi LaFave is serving a 25-year prison sentence for murder after she and her boyfriend met Haroon Khan, who was selling a car on Craigslist. Her boo stabbed Kahn to death and stole the car. But Zoellick must have felt remorse or feared jail time so he killed himself before cops could apprehend him.
WHEN SEX TURNS DEADLY
Nathaniel Briscoe is serving a life sentence after strangling his victim, Amy Elizabeth Dickey to death in Austin, Texas in 2010. Briscoe had met Dickey for sex through Craigslist. But after killing her, he dumped her body in a field.
ONE UNSATISFIED PSYCHOPATHIC CUSTOMER
Chad Johnson was unhappy with the service he received from 26-year-old Jennifer Papain, who had posted a prostitution ad on Craigslist. So naturally he asked for an $80 refund, and when she refused, he strangled her and buried her body in a shallow grave near his house.
THE MURDEROUS CARETAKER
Diane Warrick, who has a violent history of robbery and hostage-taking in CO and CA, responded to 80-year-old Mary Jane Scanlon’s Craigslist ad for a caretaker. Warrick claimed she had a hallucination episode, which caused her to stab Scanlon to death in her bed.
CELL PHONES KILL
Alexander Lyons is in prison for life after he and his accomplice, Lamar Clemons, met with 19-year-old Johnathan Clements, under the lie that they would sell him a phone in Detroit, Michigan in 2011. But instead, Lyons shot Clements and fled the scene.
THE HARD DEATH
Billy Joe Delacey plead guilty to manslaughter to avoid a life sentence after hitting 26-year-old Luis Alberto Vasquez Oliva in the head multiple times with a hard object. Delacey was answering Oliva’s personal Craigslist ad for male masseurs. But Oliva was found dead in his apartment.