Category Archives: Killers

Grisly double craigslist murder in Michigan

Brady Oestrike

Brady Oestrike

While I was off taking some downtime from the world of crime one of the most horrific craigslist related crimes happened in western Michigan. To be honest I’m having a hard time trying to come up with one that was more violent and cruel.

31-year-old Brady Oestrike of Wyoming, Michigan is believed to have killed 18-year-old Brooke Slocum and her boyfriend 25-year-old Charles Oppenneer. From what I can gather from the media reports Brooke Slocum was in contact with Oestrike through craigslist trying to set up some kind of sex for housing deal on the urging of Oppenneer. It’s unclear exactly what happened next but after the trio had met up Oppenneer’s headless body was found in a nearby park.

An investigation of Brooke’s Slocum’s computer led authorities to Oestrike. When they tried to arrest Oestrike during a high risk traffic stop he fled and shortly afterwards crashed his car. Oestrike took his own life by shooting himself before police could apprehend him. When police opened the trunk they found the body of Brooke Slocum who had been strangled to death. She was also 8 months pregnant at the time of her murder. As of yet Charles Oppenneer’s head has still not been located. Investigators are looking into whether or not Oestrike was connected to any other murders but are saying that nothing is concrete at this point. I am only scratching the surface with my description of this most disturbing crime. Please read the news links that I’ve provided below.

Brooke Slocum’s family have set up a GoFundMe in order to help pay for her and her unborn child Audi’s funeral expenses if you’d like to donate.

Now I hate to speak ill of the dead and especially a victim of such a violent crime but I have to wonder if maybe Brook was being turned out on craigslist by her boyfriend. Brooke’s own father even said that her relationship with Oppenneer was not healthy

“I know that love is not manipulation; love is unconditional and that wasn’t the case,” Slocum said. “My daughter deserved better than that.”

I’ve posted more than one story on this site concerning craigslist where boyfriends or husbands have manipulated their significant others into prostitution or pimps have caused women and girls to believe they were their boyfriends while the pimps were just using them as their prostitutes. I’m not saying I’m 100% certain that this is what happened but it is definitely one avenue to explore.

Lastly, once again I find myself trying to warn people to the dangers of craigslist especially when it comes to the seedier parts of the site like the personals and the casual encounters section. Horrible and vicious people like Oestrike are out there waiting for an opportunity to find a victim that craigslist basically brings to their door. I urge you to not be that victim.

Thanks to Soobs for the tip.

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Brooke & Baby Audi Funeral Services GoFundMe

Michael Jacques to serve time in sex offender friendly prison

Michael Jacques

Michael Jacques

There’s only been one winner in the case of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett and her killer and uncle Michael Jacques. It’s definitely not Brooke after being kidnapped, raped and killed by Jacques, a sex offender who was released early after completing a ‘program’. It’s not Jacques either as he’s going to do a life sentence in federal prison. No, the only winner here is Jacques’ anti-death penalty defense attorney David Ruhnke.

Runhke not only held up the trial for years with his anti-death penalty arguments but he got the federal prosecutors and Jacques to agree to a life sentence plea. Now he’s even topped himself by getting a federal judge to agree to send Jacques to a prison in Tucson, Arizona, that has a prison population of 65% sex offenders. Your tax dollars at work. The point being that in any other prison Jacques would be a target by other non-child rapist prisoners.

Once again the rights of the criminal have become more important than the rights of the victim, or justice for that matter.

Arrest made in year old Connecticut Craigslist Killing

Rashad Moon

Rashad Moon

I originally posted about the murder of Felix DeJesus here. The 39-year-old father of two was gunned down in 2013 while still in his car in Hartford, Connecticut. He was selling a tablet computer and went to meet the seller since the seller said they didn’t own a car. A year passed without an arrest being made although police had a person of interest.

That person of interest may now be a suspect as Hartford police have arrested 22-year-old Rashad Moon and charged him with DeJesus’ murder.

While a lot of transactions take place through craigslist with no incident in my opinion there’s enough that end in tragedy that cause me not to use Craigslist. To me it seems like a game of Russian Roulette anytime someone uses craigslist for no matter what purpose. Eventually someone is going to get the bullet.

UPDATE 6/30/2014: Hartford police have arrested a 2nd suspect in 20-year-old Marvin Mathis. It’s unclear at present what Mathis’ alleged role was in the murder of Felix DeJesus.

Marvin Mathis

Marvin Mathis

Still no arrest in Connecticut craigslist killing

Family frustrated after no arrests in Craigslist murder:

Murder victim Felix DeJesus

Murder victim Felix DeJesus

How sad is it that a craigslist murder took place and it escaped my attention. I probably got it mixed up with one of the other several dozen. What’s even more sad that in that time no one has been brought to justice for the death of Felix DeJesus.

Felix DeJesus, of Hartford, Connecticut, was engaged to be married and a father of two young children. Her was selling two tablet computers on craigslist. Normally he would meet the buyers in public but this buyer said that he didn’t have a car so Felix felt sorry for him according to his fiance and the mother of his children. Sounds like a genuinely nice guy. Unfortunately someone took advantage of Felix’s big heart.

Felix was shot and killed while still sitting in his car. Hartford police have a person of interest but no arrest has been made in the year since Felix’s murder. Hopefully it’s just a case of the police dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s. I hope that Felix’s killer is brought to justice soon.

If you’re selling something on craigslist I would advise you not to. If you decide to anyway I would recommend meeting the buyer at the local police station. That should weed out a lot of potential threats.

Michael Jacques finally sentenced for the brutal murder of Brooke Bennett

Family confronts Jacques as killer sentenced to life:

Michael Jacques

Michael Jacques

It’s been six long years since Michael Jacques brutally raped and murdered his 12-year-old niece, Brooke Bennett. While it hasn’t come to the conclusion I would have hoped it has finally come to a conclusion. After being called a coward by Brooke’s mother when she gave her impact statement to the court Jacques was sentenced to life in prison plus 70 years with no possibility of parole. While Vermont has no death penalty Jacques was looking at a federal death penalty since he used MySpace and the internet to lure Brooke to her death. Last August Jacques pleaded guilty in a move which saw him spared the death penalty.

In a statement at his sentencing Jacques said he was sorry and ashamed. Probably only sorry and ashamed that he got caught.

Jacques was also a registered sex offender who was released early for completing a ‘program’.

Brooke Bennett

Brooke Bennett

Maybe Brooke’s spirit can finally get some peace.

Suspects arrested in SC craigslist killing

Butler and McClure

Butler and McClure

2 charged with murder in shooting of Lexington County man:

Arrest made in deadly SC Craigslist killing:

Two suspects have been arrested in the shooting death of 29-year-old Tycus Toland of Lexington County, South Carolina. Tolland and his brother were both shot when they met with a pair who said they wanted to buy Vonkeith Toland’s car that he advertised on craigslist. Vonkeith survived his injuries.

The suspects arrested were 22-year-old Justin Antonio Butler and 26-year-old Terry Renee McClure. Butler was arrested in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, while McClure was arrested in Fairfield, California on unrelated charges.

Both are facing first-degree murder charges.

Just two more names to add to the ever-expanding list of craigslist killers.

SC man killed during craigslist deal

Sheriff: 1 man killed, his brother wounded near Pelion by men responding to craigslist ad:

Sheriff: One dead, another seriously injured during Craiglist transaction:

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29-year-old Tycus Toland of Lexington County, South Carolina, was shot and killed over the weekend during a criagslist transaction where his brother was trying to sell his car. Tycus’ brother, Vonkeith Toland, was also shot but has survived his injuries. The suspects are still at large.

Vonkeith Toland was selling his car in craigsist and was showing it to two prospective buyers when the shooting happened killing Tycus.

Witnesses describe one of the suspects as a heavy-set black male about 5’8″ tall with short, braided dreadlocks. The second suspect is described as thin black male about 6’3″ tall with closely cropped hair.

If you have any information about this case, please call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

I’ll post more details as they become available.

Michigan’s Backpage Killer sentenced

Man sentenced to life for killing 4 Michigan women:

Backpage.com killer stays in cell on sentencing day:

James Brown

James Brown

This past Tuesday 26-year-old James Brown, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was sentenced to life without parole for the murders of Renesha Landers, 23, and Demesha Hunt, 24, Natasha Curtis, 29, and Vernithea McCrary, 28. If you haven’t been following the story Brown killed the women after answering their advertisements on Backpage. The four victims were working as prostitutes but that shouldn’t devalue their lives or Brown’s sentencing.

In pairs Brown left their bodies in abandoned cars in Detroit although the murders took place at his home. One of the cars he lit on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence.

Like the coward that he is Brown stayed in his cell rather than go to court to face his sentence. I mean, how bad do you have to be for a Michigan judge to say that he wished that Brown could have been sentenced to more than just life. This coming from a state that has never had a death penalty since it was accepted into the Union.

Yet Backpage’s business continues unabated like the victims never existed or had family and friends that loved them. I’m sure you’re tired of me saying this but every penny they make from the prostitution ads is nothing but blood money. Hopefully one day there will be a reckoning for Backapge and its owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

Man killed in Allentown, Pa. after trying to sell car on craigslist

A 2003 BMW 745i

A 2003 BMW 745i

Authorities link Craigslist ad for BMW to Allentown man’s homicide:

Allentown man killed over apparent car deal:

41-year-old Eric S. Ervin owned a car detailing service in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was trying to sell his 2003 BMW 745i on craigslist for a while. He was said to have met a potential buyer on Tuesday that saw his car on craigslist. Instead Ervin was found dead of a gunshot wound in a trailer at his business.

A man from New York was arrested in Reading, Pennsylvania, while driving a silver BMW with a handgun in the car. Police have not yet released this person’s name stating that the investigation is still ongoing.

Again while deaths of craigslist users is a very small minority of the people who use their site the number of people being killed is still pretty alarming. Has there been this many killings through Auto-Trader? I highly doubt it. For whatever reason craigslist is a magnet for criminals who want to prey on honest people. Don’t be a victim. Stop using craigslist.

UPDATE 4/10/2014: The man who was arrested is 27-year-old Tyrell R. Young of Reading and is in the process of being charged with Ervin’s murder. Prosecutors say that they will more than likely seek the death penalty.

Tyrell R. Young

Tyrell R. Young

Thanks to Tina for the tip.

UPDATE 8/5/2014: Prosecutors are in fact now seeking the death penalty against Young. Again, the last person executed by Pennsylvania was Gary Heidnik in 1999 so don’t hold your breath on this one.

Miranda Barbour says she let two go, her sister says she’s a lying sack of crap

Miranda Barbour: Two men escaped with lives:

Sister: Miranda is a liar:

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

The two stories are unrelated by the way.

In the first story accused Pennsylvania craigslist killer claims that she tried to set up two men before her and idiotically named husband settled for killing Troy LaFerrara. This may actually be true. From what I’ve researched about prostitution and human trafficking a lot of men back out at the last minute before going through with soliciting the services of a pro and Barbour was posing as a prostitute. Whether or not this has any actual bearing on the investigation remains to be seen.

Then on the second story Miranda Barbour’s sister seems to make the family opinion unanimous that Miranda is a lying sack of crap. She says that Miranda’s claim of killing close to two dozen men who ‘deserved it’ comes from the TV show Dexter. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the show the titular character is a police scientist who is also a serial killer vigilante. If this is the case Barbour wouldn’t be the first criminal to claim something in entertainment as her own.