One of the alleged murder weapons used to kill Mark “Zeb” Spencer
While the United States may lead the market in craigslist killings the market has not been cornered.
In Coomera, QLD, Australia, the body of 37-year-old Mark “Zeb” Spencer was found. Police believe that he was beaten to death after a robbery scam went horribly wrong. According to reports Mr. Spencer ordered the services of a prostitute through craigslist. Instead the prostitute and a male partner allegedly beat Spencer to death.
Authorities in Australia have arrested 33-year-old Peta Lorang-Goubran and her accomplice, 28-year-old Mark Dayney, and charged them with Spencer’s brutal murder. The pair are believed to have beaten Spencer to death with a tennis racket and a baseball bat. Investigators also say that the pair may have other victims that they have robbed in a long running scam.
So it’s just not the US where you’re taking your life into your hands by using craigslist. Even in other countries they refuse to clean up their site.
On a somewhat unrelated note, brothels are legal in Queensland while street prostitution is not and sex trafficking against people’s will does take place in the country.
There’s been a report floating around that says there have been 45 craigslist killings since 2009. That sounds about right but there have also been more since at least 2006 not to mention those killed through Backpage as well. Yet neither site really does anything to try to protect their users.
This past Tuesday night 18-year-old Jawad Ali Razai was shot and killed in Durham, North Carolina, after responding to a craigslist ad for a cell phone for sale. Instead, police say, that 18-year-old Jarrion Hood shot and killed Razai during an attempt to rob him. Somehow Hood was shot as well but unfortunately survived. Hood also has been previously charged with kidnapping and assault with intent to kill.
What can I say that I haven’t already said in the past 8 years since I’ve been tracking craigslist crimes? It’s not a safe way to do any kind of business no matter what side of the transaction your on, what time of day the transaction takes place or even how public the meeting place is. If someone is determined enough to try to take what you have nothing will stop them from getting it, including a possible murder charge.
Chad Marshall Wilcox
Yesterday police in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania arrested 28-year-old Chad Marshall Wilcox for allegedly killing 36-year-old Manuel Hakimian of Norristown in late September. Police say that Wilcox arranged a sexual meeting with Hakimian through craigslist and when they met at Hakimian’s home Wilcox bound his victim before slashing his throat. Wilcox then went on a multi-state spending spree using his victim’s bank and credit cards. Wilcox turned himself in to police in North Carolina because he had an outstanding warrant for child rape in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
To whomever out there hasn’t taken the hint yet. Whether you’re gay, straight or whatever, meeting people from craigslist for any kind of romantic or sexual encounter is the worst of ideas. While the odds are not likely that you’ll meet a throat slashing child rapist they’re good enough that meeting a stranger from craigslist is more akin to playing Russian Roulette. It only takes on meeting with a craigslist predator to change your life for the worse, or end it.
The death of 18-year-old Aprina Paul of Fitchburg, Wisconsin has been a strange one. Her burnt body was found in the fire pit of then 29-year-old Nathan Middleton. He claims that he met her through craigslist after offering weed in exchange for sex. He also claims that Aprina died of some kind of overdose from an unknown drug that he didn’t supply to her. He said he burnt her body because he was on probation and didn’t want to go back to jail. He ended up pleading guilty to hiding a corpse and mutilating a corpse and was sentenced to 22 1/2 years behind bars but was never charged with her murder. Due to the state of her remains police were never able to determine a cause of death.
Now recently the mother of Aprina Paul has received a letter by someone claiming to be Middleton. In it the letter writer states that he did not kill Aprina but another man did. Authorities aren’t saying who the other man is but they say that he was cleared in their investigation.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the letters did turn out to be from Middleton. He seems like a pathological liar to me. He lied to his fiance and convinced her to help him build the fire he used to burn Aprina’s body. I’m sure he’s lying to everyone about not killing her but he got lucky that there was no usable evidence and now he’s pushing his luck to see if he can get anyone to believe him about the ‘real killer’. My guess would be he’s trying to angle some kind of reduced sentencing. It also makes me wonder if he thinks police are getting closer to the truth.
Nice try OJ but no one is buying it.
UPDATE 10/25/2014: The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has confirmed that the letter was in fact sent from Nathan Middleton.
I originally posted about Abdullah Alkadi here. He was the 23-year-old student from Cal State-Northridge who went missing after selling his car on craigslist. I was hoping that he would be found alive but sadly that is not the case.
Police say that Abdullah was stabbed to death by 28-year-old Agustin Rosendo Fernandez of Long Beach. Fernandez is said to have killed him in order to steal the car. Fernandez was allegedly in possession of the car at the time of his arrest.
My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Abdullah Alkadi.
I’ll post more as additional details become available and as time allows.
Recently 29-year-old death metal singer Lane Steele Kozloff was recently arrested in Torrance, California for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl on craigslist. Investigators say that Kozloff placed an ad looking for a “lil girl”. Ew. Kozlofff is said to have arranged a meeting with the girl at a restaurant and that the back of his SUV was all laid out with a makeshift bed. Of course the 14-year-old girl was actually a federal agent. When you have a bed in the back of your ride you can’t really argue that you were just going to ‘hang out’.
I’m not going to mention his band or anything because the rest of the band probably had nothing to do with it however it is of interest that Kozloff has worked as a substitute teacher at a music school. I guess he can kiss that gig goodbye.
Donald Gary Town
47-year-old Donald Gary Town was recently arrested in Missoula, Montana, for allegedly trying to solicit sex from a 14-year-old boy on craigslist who was actually an investigator from the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Town’s ad allegedly said that he was in to “young skinny” males. Town is said to have the investigator for explicit photos and of course was arrested at pre-determined meeting location.
Not surprisingly Town is a registered sex offender who not only did time for sexual abuse of children but also sexual intercourse without consent. He obviously didn’t do enough time. I mean who would have guessed that a sex offender would have taken to craigslist to find more victims? The answer to that question is everyone except craigslist.
Police in Boynton Beach, Florida, have recently arrested 38-year-old Julian Ryals for allegedly brutally assaulting a woman he met on the casual encounters section of craigslist. The victim states that the pair had consensual sex and when it was over Ryals refused to let her leave, tied her up, choked her and hit her and tied her up again after she broke free of her bonds. The victim eventually escaped and was able to call 911. Ryals is then accused of stealing the woman’s car. He also has a lengthy rap sheet that include charges of domestic violence and battery.
People, people, people. How many times do I have to say it? Craigslist is not the place to meet people for anything let alone casual sex. I’m not victim blaming here because ultimately the blame lies with the perpetrator however, male or female, you need to be smarter than this. The majority of men on craigslist looking for casual sex are dregs and a lot of them are looking for nothing more than victims. Think, don’t let yourself become a victim.
Terry Wayne Haupt
We haven’t had one of these stories in a while but sheriffs in Maricopa County, Arizona, have arrested 52-year-old Terry Wayne Haupt for allegedly wanting to have sex with a female dog through craigslist. Sheriff Joe Arpario stated that Haupt’s ad on craigslist was very graphic. I don’t know why but for some reason this is a hot button issue for Sheriff Joe as his department has made numerous arrests for what I like to call craigslist pooch-screwers.
Like I said this is nothing new for craigslist as they have a long history of its users looking for ‘K9′ in the casual encounters section .