Killers of Craigslist

Crime

Since the arrest in 2009 of Philip Markoff, aka the “Craigslist Killer,” the website has faced increased scrutiny by the media. Law Street decided to take a closer look at the site and its media coverage to see how dangerous Craigslist really is. We wanted to know: Was Markoff’s an isolated act, or an incident on a continuum? Our findings are noteworthy. This marks the first tabulation of all Craigslist murder trials and convictions from 2009 through June 2014. Law Street identified 58 murderers and 45 murder victims connected to Craigslist postings through last June. Twenty-two murder cases are still pending. The oldest pending case dates to 2012, and eight are from 2014, indications that the killings continue. Craigslist did not reply to multiple inquiries.

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1. Philip Markoff

How it went down: According to police, Markoff met victim Julissa Brisman, a 26-year-old New York woman, on a Craigslist ad for sensual massage in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. Markoff allegedly shot Brisman to death on the twentieth floor of the Mariott Copley Place Hotel.

Status: Markoff committed suicide in jail while waiting for his trial on murder and armed robbery charges.

Philip Markoff


2. John Katehis

How it went down: Katehis met his victim, 47-year-old ABC Radio reporter George Webber, through personal ads on Craigslist in New York, NY in 2009 where Katehis advertised for sex. Katehis stabbed Webber 50 times in his apartment and claimed self defense during a bad S&M encounter during his trial.

Status: Katehis was convicted of second degree murder during his second trial and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in 2034.

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Courtesy of John Katehis via MySpace.

Courtesy of John Katehis via MySpace.


3. John Steven Burgess

How it went down: Burgess, a registered sex offender, met his victim, Donna Jou, through Craigslist in Los Angeles, California in 2009. Burgess claims that he supplied Jou with drugs and alcohol and that he woke up to find her dead in his home before panicking and disposing of her body, which has not been found.

Status: Burgess pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and served five years in prison. He has been out on parole since July 2014.

Courtesy of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Courtesy of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


4. Korena Roberts

How it went down: Roberts met her victim, 21-year-old Heather Snively, in 2009 on Craigslist where she purported to sell baby clothes to the pregnant woman. According to police and the autopsy, Snively met Roberts in Washington County, Oregon at her home where Roberts hit the pregnant woman up to 30 times, cut open her abdomen and stole her fetus. Snively reportedly died of major blood loss.

Status: Roberts pleaded guilty October 6, 2010 to one count of aggravated murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Courtesy of the Oregon Department of Corections.

Courtesy of the Oregon Department of Corections.


5. Tammi LaFave

How it went down: LaFave and her boyfriend Travis Zoellick met their victim, Haroon Khan, through his Craigslist advertisement for his car in 2009 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The couple met up with Khan to test drive his vehicle, and Zoellick stabbed him to death before hiding his car in a garage. Lafave pleaded guilty for her part in the murder, her part in which was a case of non-action. She did not call police or speak to anyone about the murder. Zoellick killed himself prior to arrest.

Status: LaFave pleaded guilty to felony murder and is serving a 25-year sentence.

Courtesy of the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

Courtesy of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.


6. Dao Xiong

How it went down: Xiong responded to a Craigslist ad posted by his victim, Youa Lor, who was using the site to sell his car in Lake Elmo, Minnesota in 2010. Xiong met up with Lor to take the car for a test drive, but admitted to police that his intention was to steal the vehicle and sell it for parts. While on the drive, Xiong shot Lor and threw him out of the car before driving away.

Status: Xiong was convicted of three counts of murder and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.


7. Brandon Kent

How it went down: Kent met his victim, Thai Lam, to look at a motorcycle Lam was advertising for sale on Craigslist in Savannah, Georgia in 2010. Kent shot Lam in his garage before fleeing the scene on Lam’s motorcycle. Police apprehended Kent nearly an hour later as he tried to leave his apartment complex.

Status: Kent pleaded guilty to murder and is serving a life sentence.

Brandon Kent


8. Nathaniel Briscoe

How it went down: Briscoe met his victim, Amy Elizabeth Dickey, through her advertisements for sex on Craigslist in Austin, Texas in 2010. When Dickey met Briscoe at his apartment, he strangled the woman to death before dumping her body outside in a field. During his trial he admitted to putting his hands around her throat during sex, but said that she left his apartment that night.

Status: Briscoe was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole as early as 2039.

Nathaniel Briscoe


9. Chad Johnson

How it went down: Johnson met his victim, 26-year-old Jennifer Papain, through a prostitution ad on Craigslist in Medford, New York in 2010. Johnson strangled Papain after she refused to give him an $80 refund, and he buried her body in a shallow grave near his home.

Status: Johnson was convicted of second degree murder and is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole as early as 2035.

Courtesy of the Suffolk County DA.

Courtesy of the Suffolk County DA.


10. Diane Warrick

How it went down: Warrick met her victim, 70-year-old Mary Jane Scanlon, when she responded to Scanlon’sCraigslist ad for a caretaker in Pleasant Hill, California in 2010. Warrick stabbed Scanlon to death in her bed and claimed that she was hallucinating at the time. Warrick has a violent history of robbery and hostage-taking in Colorado and California.

Status: Warrick was convicted of murder and is serving a sentence of 31 years to life.

Courtesy of the Pleasant Hill Police Department.

Courtesy of the Pleasant Hill Police Department.


11. Phillip Boldon

How it went down: Boldon’s victim, 19-year-old Sarah Weyrick, posted a personal ad on Craigslist shortly after moving to Houston, Texas in 2010 and being low on money. She was later found stabbed to death in her burning car and Boldon was arrested for her murder shortly after.

Status: Boldon was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole as early as 2040.

Courtesy of the Houston Police Department.

Courtesy of the Houston Police Department.


12. David Sparre

How it went down: Sparre met his victim, 21-year-old Tiara Poole, through a Craigslist personal ad in Jacksonville, Florida in 2011. After several days of communicating, Sparre met Poole and they drove to her home before he stabbed the woman to death and fled in her car.

Status: Sparre was convicted of first degree murder and is on death row.

Courtesy of the Florida Department of Corrections.

Courtesy of the Florida Department of Corrections.


13. Alexander Lyons

How it went down: According to police, Lyons and his accomplice, Lamar Clemons, met up with their victim, 19-year-old Johnathan Clements, under the guise of selling him a phone in Detroit, Michigan in 2011. Clement had earlier placed an ad on Craigslist looking to purchase a phone. Instead, Lyons shot Clement and fled the scene in a car driven by Clemons.

Status: Lyons was convicted of felony homicide and is serving a life sentence.

Courtesy of the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Courtesy of the Michigan Department of Corrections.


14. Lamar Clemons

How it went down: According to police, Clemons and accomplice Alexander Lyons, responded to a Craigslist ad placed by their victim, Johnathan Clements, who was interested in purchasing a phone in Detroit, Michigan in 2011. Clemons and Lyons met up with Clements, purportedly to sell the man a phone, but instead Lyons shot him before fleeing in a getaway car driven by Clemons. Lyons was also convicted and is serving life in prison.

Status: Clemons was convicted of felony homicide and is serving a life sentence.

Courtesy of the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Courtesy of the Michigan Department of Corrections.


15. Latoya Jordan

How it went down: Jordan met Somerson on Craigslist in Fountain, Florida in 2011 where the 53 year old man routinely looked to find a relationship. Jordan admitted to police that she stabbed Somerson 30 times four days after moving in with him because “he was looking for love and she wasn’t interested. He was going to kick her out, and she did not want to be homeless.”

Status: Jordan was found guilty of first degree murder in the commission of a felony and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Courtesy of the Florida Department of Corrections.

Courtesy of the Florida Department of Corrections.


16. Draton Mares

How it went down: Mares met his victim, 42-year-old Thomas Bashline, a trainer for the Harlem Globetrotters, through a personal ad on Craigslist in Denver, Colorado in 2011. The pair met several times for sex, until Mares shot Bashline in the back of the head, murdering him before fleeing in Bashline’s car. According to defense attorneys, Mares was triggered to shoot because Bashline became aggressive and called Mares a “fag” and made other derogatory remarks.

Status: Mares was convicted of first degree murder and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Courtesy of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Courtesy of the Colorado Department of Corrections.


17. Richard Beasley

How it went down: Beasley and his accomplice, then 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty, placed ads on Craiglist advertising farmhand jobs in order to lure men to a cattle ranch outside Akron, Ohio in 2011. Police say Beasley and Rafferty shot and killed their victims — Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern — and shot another man who survived. Rafferty, who was a juvenile at the time of the crimes, is currently serving a life sentence.

Status: Beasley was convicted of three counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder and is currently on death row.

Courtesy of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

Courtesy of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.


18. Brogan Rafferty

How it went down: Rafferty, along with 53-year-old Richard Beasley, placed ads on Craigslist offering farm work in an effort to lure men to a cattle ranch outside Akron, Ohio in 2011. Rafferty and Beasley shot and killed three men — Ralph Geiger, David Pauley, and Timothy Kern — in these robberies gone wrong.

Status: Rafferty was found guilty of three counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder and is serving a life sentence.

Courtesy of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

Courtesy of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.


19. Rashon Abernathy

How it went down: Abernathy and his accomplices, Shaquille Jordan and Seandell Jones, set up a meeting in San Diego, California with their victim, Garrett Berki, under the guise of selling the 18 year old a laptop for $600 that they advertised on Craigslist in 2011. Once there, the three 17 year olds robbed Berki and his girlfriend of their cash and phones before fleeing. Berki drove after the trio in order to get their license plate number; however, Abernathy shot and killed Berki during the pursuit.

Status: Abernathy was convicted of murder and is serving a 50-year sentence.


20. Shaquille Jordan

How it went down: Jordan and accomplices Seandell Jones and Rashon Abernathy met their victim, Garrett Berki, through a Craigslist ad they placed to sell a laptop in San Diego, California in 2011. Eighteen-year-old Berki and his girlfriend met the three 17 year olds to purchase the computer, but the men robbed the couple of $600 and their phones before driving away. Berki drove after them to get the license plate number before he was shot by Abernathy.

Status: Jordan was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.


21. Seandell Jones

What went down: Jones and his accomplices Rashon Abernathy and Shaquille Jordan posted a phony Craigslist ad selling a laptop for $600 in San Diego, California in 2011. Their victim, Garrett Berki, met up wit the trio who robbed him and his girlfriend of their cash and phones before leading them on a car chase as Berki attempted to get their plate number. Abernathy shot and killed the 18 year old during the pursuit.

Status: Jones was convicted of murder and is serving a sentence of 25 years to life.


22. Kiyoshi Higashi

How it went down: Higashi and his accomplices, Joshua Reese, Amanda Knight, and Clabon Berniard, met their victim, through a Craigslist ad in Edgewood, Washington that Sanders had placed in an effort to sell a ring in 2011. The group staged a violent home invasion while Sanders and his family were home; Sanders was shot to death in front of his wife and children.

Status: Higashi was convicted of first degree murder, first degree burglary, and two counts of second degree assault and is serving a 109-year sentence.

Courtesy of Pierce County Washington.

Courtesy of Pierce County Washington.


23. Joshua Reese

How it went down: Reese and his accomplices Kiyoshi Higashi, Amanda Knight, and Clabon Berniard, met their victim, Jim Sanders, through a Craigslist ad he placed in an effort to sell a ring in Edgewood, Washington in 2011. The group staged a violent home invasion that ended in Sanders’ shooting death in front of his wife and children.

Status: Reese was convicted of murder and sentenced to 100 years in prison.

Courtesy of Pierce County Washington.

Courtesy of Pierce County Washington.


24. Amanda Knight

How it went down: Knight and her accomplices Kiyoshi Higashi, Joshua Reese, and Clabon Berniard, met their victim, Jim Sanders, through a Craigslist ad he placed in an effort to sell a ring in Edgewood, Washington in 2011. The group staged a violent home invasion that ended in Sanders’ shooting death in front of his wife and children.

Status: Knight was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 71 years in prison.

Courtesy of Pierce County Washington.

Courtesy of Pierce County Washington.


25. Clabon Berniard

How it went down: Berniard and his accomplices Kiyoshi Higashi, Joshua Reese, and Amanda Knight met their victim, Jim Sanders, through a Craigslist ad the victim placed in an effort to sell a ring in Edgewood, Washington in 2011. The group staged a violent home invasion that ended in Sanders’ shooting death in front of his family. It is believed that Berniard was the ring leader of this crime.

Status: Berniard was convicted of murder and sentenced to 124 years in prison; however, his conviction was overturned on appeal in June 2014 and he is awaiting a new trial.

Courtesy of Pierce County Washington.

Courtesy of Pierce County Washington.


26. Timothy Smith

How it went down: Smith and his wife Kimberly met the victim, Kurt Milliman, through a personal ad they placed on Craigslist in Woodstock, Illinois in 2011. Milliman traveled to the Smiths’ house to meet Kimberly, who was a prostitute who worked for her husband. The Smiths called the police to report Milliman as unwanted on their property; when police arrived, Milliman was dying of a shot to the torso.

Status: Smith was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Courtesy of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Courtesy of the Illinois Department of Corrections.


27. Ali Cubba

How it went down: Ali Cubba met the victim, 48-year-old Yuri Ives, through Craigslist in Kansas City, Missouri in 2011, though court records do not indicate the nature of the connection. Cubba, who was a 17-year-old high school senior at the time of the murder, admitted to meeting Ives at his home and both shooting and stabbing him to death. The judge reduced the plea deal by three years to 15 years for the murder and 10 years for armed criminal action, which Cubba is serving concurrently.

Status: Cubba was convicted of second degree murder and is serving a 15-year sentence.

Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Corrections.


28. Avery Cornuelle

How it went down: Cornuelle and accomplice Peyton McAnelly met their victim, Joseph Givens, through analternative lifestyle ad on Craigslist in O’Fallon, Missouri in 2012. The three men met up; however, Corneulle and McAnelly stabbed Givens to death when their attempted robbery went wrong.

Status: Cornuelle was convicted of second degree murder and is serving a 25-year sentence.

Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Corrections.


29. Peyton McAnelly

How it went down: According to police, McAnelly and accomplice Avery Cornuelle met victim Joseph Givens in O’Fallon, Missouri in 2012 through a Craigslist ad in the alternative lifestyles section. McAnelly and Cornuelle allegedly stabbed the man to death.

Status: McAnelly is charged with second degree murder, armed criminal action, and attempted robbery.

Peyton McAnelly


30. Jade Harris

How it went down: According to police, Harris went to a fire extinguishing business in Downey, California in 2012 in response to a Craiglist ad selling a Camaro. Once there, Harris allegedly shot and killed Josimar Rojas and Irene Reyes once he realized that the car was not on the premises. Harris then allegedly forced Susan Ruelas to drive him to the family’s home to see the car, and shot her to death in front of her son, who Harris also allegedly shot, though the boy survived.

Status: Harris is charged with three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping for carjacking, three counts of carjacking, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. His trial is scheduled to begin in December 2014.

Jade Harris


31. Billy Joe Delacey

How it went down: Delacey met his victim, 26-year-old Luis Alberto Vasquez Oliva, through personal ads the victim posted to Craigslist for male massages in Mesa County, Colorado in 2012. Oliva was found dead in his apartment with multiple head wounds from a hard object. Prosecutors asserted that Delacey downloaded “evidence eliminator” software to his computer only hours prior to the police’s initial investigation, and they deemed the attack “akin to a hate crime.”

Status: Delacey pleaded guilty to manslaughter in order to avoid a possible life sentence.

Courtesy of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Courtesy of the Colorado Department of Corrections.


32. Steve Lewis

How it went down: Lewis met his victim, 19-year-old Aung Thu Bo, through a Craigslist ad in St. Paul, Minnesota that Lewis posted claiming to have an iPhone for sale in 2012. Bo and his girlfriend met Lewis at a restaurant where Lewis claimed he had left the phone at home and that they should come with him to get it. The three then got in a car and Lewis pulled a gun on the couple demanding their money. Lewis claims that the gone went off accidentally, killing Bo and wounding himself in the forearm.

Status: Lewis was convicted of second degree murder and aggravated robbery and sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.


33. Ali Salim

How it went down: Salim met his victim, a 23-year-old pregnant woman named Deanna Ballman, through an ad on Craigslist in 2012. Salim gave Ballman a lethal dose of heroin after her friends say that she responded to Salim’s ad for housecleaning in Akron, Ohio. Ballman’s body was found in her car in the woods.

Status: Salim was convicted of two counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of rape, one count of tampering with evidence, and one count of abuse of a corpse, and was sentenced to 36 years in prison.

Courtesy of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

Courtesy of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.


34. Christopher Beachum

How it went down: According to police, Beachum allegedly met victim Gerald Canepa through a personal ad on Craigslist in Dallas, Texas in 2013. The pair arranged to meet up for sex; however, Beachum allegedly stabbed and strangled Canepa to death before stealing various electronics from his home and fleeing the scene.

Status: Beachum is charged with murder.

Courtesy of Dallas County, Texas.

Courtesy of Dallas County, Texas.


35. Jquan Scott

How it went down: According to police, Scott and accomplice Isaac Williams met victim William Apps under the guise of purchasing a truck that William Apps had advertised on Craigslist in Charleston, South Carolina in 2013. Scott and Williams allegedly met Apps at a Hardees restaurant before Apps agreed to drive them home as they did not have a vehicle, but did not purchase his truck. Apps was later found dead with a gunshot wound to the neck, and police tracked down Scott through the victim’s phone and bank records.

Status: Scott is charged with murder.

Courtesy of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Courtesy of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.


36. Isaac Williams

How it went down: According to police, Williams and accomplice Jquan Scott met up with victim William Apps at a Hardees restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina in 2013 to purchase the truck that Apps had advertised on Craigslist. Apps was later found dead, having been shot in the neck and left in the woods. Williams and Scott were the last people to have seen Apps, and were tracked by the victim’s phone and bank records.

Status: Williams is charged with murder.

Courtesy of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Courtesy of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.


37. Tryon Kincade

How it went down: According to police, Kincade and his brother Tyshaune Kincade lured in their victim, James Vester, with a Craiglist advertisement for an iPad. They allegedly shot and killed Vester, running away with his phone and car keys, after arranging to meet in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2013.

Status: Kincade is charged with murder and robbery.

Tryon Kincade


38. Tyshaune Kincade

How it went down: According to police, Kincade and his brother Tryon Kincade arranged a meeting with victim James Vester after he responded to their Craigslist post to sell an iPad in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2013. Upon meeting, the brothers allegedly shot Vester and fled from the scene after taking his car keys and phone.

Status: Kincade is charged with murder and robbery.

 

Tyshaune Kincade


39. Christina Guffey

How it went down: According to police, Guffey and her boyfriend, Christopher Jordan Johnson, met victim Timothy Keith Radford through a Craigslist ad she placed in 2013, though police do not specify the nature of the posting. Guffey and Johnson allegedly robbed Radford’s Asheville, North Carolina home after Johnson shot the 54-year-old man to death.

Status: Guffey is charged with murder.

Courtesy of the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office.

Courtesy of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.


40. Christopher Johnson

How it went down: According to police, Johnson, a convicted sex offender, and his girlfriend, Christina Guffey, met victim Timothy Keith Radford through a Craigslist ad that Guffey posted in 2013. The couple met Radford at his home in Ashville, South Carolina, where Johnson allegedly shot him to death before the couple robbed his home.

Status: Johnson is charged with murder.

Courtesy of the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office.

Courtesy of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.


41. Terrance Dent

How it went down: According to police, Dent met victim Jevon Nathan Freeman when he responded to Freeman’s Craigslist advertisement selling an iPhone in Lithonia, Georgia in 2013. When they met up, Dent allegedly shot Freeman to death before giving the gun to a friend, who was subsequently charged with possession of a weapon by a minor.

Status: Dent is charged with murder.

Terrance Dent


42. Dominique Clanton

How it went down: According to police, Clanton and accomplices Bryant Dowdy and Eric Clanton met victim Nishant Patel in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2013 through a Craigslist ad in which Patel advertised a phone for sale. Patel met the trio but was robbed and shot to death. Dowdy reportedly also shot and killed Eric Clanton and shot Dominique Clanton in an effort to eliminate witnesses.

Status: Clanton is charged with murder and robbery.


43. Bryant Dowdy

How it went down: Dowdy and accomplices Dominique and Eric Clanton met victim Nishant Patel when they responded to Patel’s Craigslist ad selling a phone in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2013. In this robbery gone wrong, Patel was shot to death. Dowdy allegedly also shot Eric Clanton to death and wounded Dominique Clanton in an effort to eliminate witnesses.

Status: Dowdy is charged with two counts of murder and one count of robbery.

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44. Miranda Barbour

How it went down: Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, met up with their victim, Tony LaFerrera, through aCraigslist ad offering companionship for cash. The couple met up with LaFerrera in a mall parking lot in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania in 2013. Miranda stabbed LaFerrera multiple times and Elytte strangled him with a cord before dumping his body.

Status: Barbour was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence.

Courtesy of the Sunbury Police Department.

Courtesy of the Sunbury Police Department.


45. Elytte Barbour

How it went down: Barbour and his wife Miranda Barbour met their victim, Tony LaFerrera, through a Craigslist ad offering companionship in exchange for money. The couple and LaFerrera met up in a mall parking lot before Miranda stabbed him multiple times while Elytte strangled him with a cord and disposed of his body in the woods.

Status: Barbour was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence.


46. Gregory Lewis

How it went down: According to police, Lewis met victim Rene Filsfdelfo Leiva Archila when the 44 year old responded to Lewis’ Craigslist ad selling a car on Halloween in 2013 in Harmans, Maryland. In this robbery gone wrong, Lewis allegedly shot Archila to death. Lewis was indicted on charges of first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter, and armed robbery.

Status: Lewis is charged with murder.

Courtesy of the Anne Arundel Police Department.

Courtesy of the Anne Arundel Police Department.


47. Thomas Coffee

How it went down: Coffee and his victim, 27-year-old Daniel Cook, met up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania so that Cook could look at the vehicle that Coffee had advertised on Craigslist in 2013. Upon meeting, however, Coffee attempted to rob Cook and ended up shooting him in the face. He was dead before the police arrived minutes later.

Status: Coffee is charged with murder.

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department.


48. Christopher Dyson

How it went down: According to police, Dyson met victim Thomas Mastro in Tinley Park, Illinois in 2013 through aCraigslist ad to swap electronics. Dyson allegedly planned to rob Mastro of his Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita (which he was supposed to get in a trade for his iPhone), and in the process shot the man in the chest.

Status: Dyson is charged with murder and armed robbery.

Courtesy of the Tinley Park Police.

Courtesy of the Tinley Park Police.


49. Markell Thomas

How it went down: According to police, Thomas and accomplice Ryan Roth met their 41-year-old victim Rene Balbuena after posting a Craigslist ad to sell a cellphone in Los Angeles, California in 2013. Thomas and Roth allegedly attempted to rob Balbuena when they met, but shot him to death in front of his son who was with him at the time. Investigators linked this crime to several other similar holdups in the area in which no one was hurt.

Status: Thomas is charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery, and gang allegations.

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department.


50. Ryan Roth

How it went down: According to police, Roth and accomplice Markell Thomas met 41-year-old victim Rene Balbuena in Los Angeles, California in 2013 through an ad the pair placed on Craigslist purportedly selling a cellphone. Roth and Thomas allegedly attempted to rob Balbuena upon meeting and ended up shooting and killing the man in front of his son, who was with him at the time.

Status: Roth is charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery, and gang allegations.

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department.


51. Walter Collins

How it went down: According to police, Collins along with Martiness Henderson and Brandon Vance, met up with victim Larry Wilkins in Memphis, Tennessee in 2014 under the guise of purchasing the vehicle that Wilkins had advertised on Craigslist. Henderson admitted to police that he shot Wilkins, and Collins admitted that he was getaway driver. Both Henderson and Collins were 17 at the time of the crime. All three men have been charged with first degree murder in the perpetration of a felony.

Status: Collins is charged with murder.

Courtesy of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Courtesy of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.


52. Martiness Henderson

How it went down: According to police, Henderson and accomplices Brandon Vance and Walter Collins met victim Larry Wilkins in Memphis, Tennessee in 2014 through a Craigslist ad the victim placed to sell his vehicle. Henderson allegedly shot and killed Wilkins in this robbery gone bad, while Collins drove the getaway car and Vance set up the meeting.

Status: Henderson, who was 17 at the time of the murder, is charged with first degree murder and will be tried as an adult.

Martiness Henderson


53. Brandon Vance

How it went down: According to police, Vance and accomplices Martiness Henderson and Walter Collins — both 17 at the time — met victim Larry Wilkins when they responded to his Craigslist ad selling his vehicle in Memphis, Tennessee in 2014. Wilkins was shot to death and the trio drove off in his vehicle.

Status: Vance is charged with first degree murder.

Brandon Vance


54. Duwayne Lewis

How it went down: According to police, Lewis and his friend Jason Mageau — the victim — met up with 30-year-old Dermaine Spencer in Coral Springs, Florida in 2014 who had responded to their Craigslist ad selling a phone. Lewis and Mageau planned to rob Spencer; however, when Mageau attacked Spencer with a gun, Spencer grabbed his own and fatally shot Mageau. Spencer, who was in fear for his life, was not charged for the crime; however, Lewis is awaiting trial on felony murder charges for his role in the robbery turned bad that killed his friend.

Status: Lewis is charged with felony murder.

Courtesy of the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Courtesy of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.


55. Tyrell Young

How it went down: According to police, Tyrell Young met victim Eric Ervin at Ervin’s business in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 2014 in order to look at a car he had advertised on Craigslist. Ervin was reported missing later that night and police found him shot to death. Young was found the next day driving Ervin’s vehicle. He is currently awaiting his trial date.

Status: Young is charged with criminal homicide.

Tyrell Young


56. Grant Van Muren

How it went down: According to police, Van Muren met victim Charles Clark when he responded to Clark’s Craigslist ad for a roommate in Naperville, Illinois in 2014. The two men reportedly were sexually involved before Van Muren allegedly strangled Clark to death in his home. Clark’s body was discovered by police when his girlfriend alerted them to his disappearance and a foul odor in the home.

Status: Van Muren is charged with murder.

Courteys of the Dupage County Sheriff's Office.

Courteys of the Dupage County Sheriff’s Office.


57. Justin Antonio Butler

How it went down: According to police, Butler and accomplice Terry Renee McClure met victim Tycus Toland at his home in Lexington County, South Carolina in 2014 to discuss a car he had for sale on Craigslist. Toland was shot to death during this meeting, and his brother was critically wounded by a gun shot wound to the torso.

Status: Butler is charged with murder and burglary.

Courtesy of Colbert County Jail.

Courtesy of Colbert County Jail.


58. Terry McClure

How it went down: According to police, McClure and accomplice Justin Antonio Butler, met victim Tycus Toland at his home in Lexington County, South Carolina in 2014 when they responded to his Craigslist ad selling his vehicle. During the meeting, Toland was shot to death and his brother was critically wounded.

Status: McClure is awaiting extradition to Lexington County, South Carolina to face murder charges.

Courtesy of the Solano County Justice Center.

Courtesy of the Solano County Justice Center.


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Research and Analysis by Law Street’s Crime in America team: Lexine DeLuca, Jake Ephros, Chelsey Goff, Anneliese Mahoney, Marisa Mostek, Kevin Rizzo, Nicole Roberts, and Trevor Smith.

Featured image courtesy of [Janine via Flickr]

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