Craigslist Used in Deadly Murder Plot

Craigslist can be a great place for finding a new job, getting a good deal on used goods and finding escorts. But it can also be a great tool for luring someone out into a patch of deserted farm land and murdering them.

In a chillingplot straight out of a horror movie, middle-aged pimp and drug dealer Richard J. Beasley and his 16 year-old accomplice Brogan Rafferty lured an untold number of victims out to a patch of land they were told they’d soon be looking after. For $300 a week and a free trailer the applicants were supposedly to “watch over a 688 acre patch of hilly farmland and feed a few cows,” according to the Craigslist ad. The “farm” is actually owned by a coal company.

While over 100 people responded to the ad (which had been picked up by job posting aggregators) it’s still unclear how many victims there are at this point. So far at least three bodies have been found. The fourth victim, a man from South Carolina, managed to escape with a gunshot wound to the arm and was able to alert the police.

Authorities are still unsure of the motive behind the crimes, though some are speculating robbery, identity theft or even just simple blood lust. Beasley has not been charged in connection with the killings yet but is being held on other charges, including 15 counts of promoting prostitution and also selling the painkiller OxyContin. Rafferty has been charged with the attempted murder of Scott Davis, 48, of South Carolina, the aggravated murder of David Pauley, 51, of Norfolk, Va., and two counts of complicity in those crimes. Police want him tried as an adult.

(Source: NY Times)

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