Most of us are familiar with social networking sites MySpace, Facebook and the negative publicity they have received regarding the potential for on-line predators. Not everyone though is as aware of the possible dangers of on-line ads. This Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article outlines some of the crimes which are taking place.
Craigslist — a site where its users can find anything from concert tickets to used furniture to a hot date — was founded by Craig Newmark in San Francisco in 1995. He started it as a hobby, listing events happening around the city. Since then, it has evolved into a worldwide service available in 450 cities and more than 50 countries.
According to company officials, Craigslist has 30 million users each month who post more than 25 million listings.
Katherine Ann Olson, 24 was murdered after answering an ad on Craigslist.org according to NBC’s KARE11. She was searching for employment and apparently had previously turned to online wanted-ads.
The founder of Craigslist.org believes the death of a Twin Cities woman is the first murder ever linked to the website.“I can’t recall a single case like it,” Craig Newmark tells KARE 11 News. “This is the worst that I can recall.”
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. — An anonymous donor has offered a $15,000 reward for the safe return of a university student who disappeared when she went out with a man she met on the Internet site Craigslist.org, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS — A 19-year-old Savage man was charged with second-degree murder Tuesday for allegedly killing a woman who answered an online job posting for a baby-sitting job.Michael John Anderson allegedly shot Katherine Ann Olson in the back and killed her, according to a criminal complaint filed in Scott County District Court. His bail was set Tuesday at $1 million.
More information on Donna Jou’s disappearance.
Update 2009: In a new Craigslist related crime, Accused Craigslist killer faces charges in Rhode Island
(CNN) — A medical student accused of killing a masseuse in a Boston, Massachusetts, hotel room will be charged in a hotel assault in Rhode Island, the state attorney general said Monday.
Accused “Craigslist killer” Phillip Markoff is now facing additional charges in Rhode Island.
Police said the attacker in both cases apparently responded to the victims’ listings on the Craigslist online classified ad site.
Philip Markoff, 23, will be charged with assault with the intent to rob, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a handgun and use of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, said Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch.
The charges stem from an April 16 robbery attempt at a Holiday Inn Express in Warwick, Rhode Island.
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