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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.

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.

Suspect killed during craigslist robbery

Man fatally shoots Craigslist seller-turned-robber, police say:

Man Charged With Murder In Craigslist Robbery Gone Wrong:

Duwayne Lewis

Duwayne Lewis

Police in Coral Springs, Florida, say that 26-year-old Jason Mageau and 18-year-old Duwayne Lewis allegedly tried robbing a man after they posted a craigslist ad promising a good deal on a cell phone. After the victim showed up to make the deal Mageau allegedly produced a gun and pistol whipped the victim. The victim went back to his car where he got his gun and shot Mageau in the chest. Mageau later died at the hospital.

Have you ever heard the expression ‘never bring a knife to a gun fight’? I guess you can also say never bring a starter’s pistol to a gun fight because that’s what Mageau’s gun was. The victim on the other hand had a real gun with real bullets.

Lewis is said to have tried to tell police that he and Mageau were victims of the robbery but police say that the evidence provided by the victim shows otherwise. Lewis has been charged with murder in Mageau’s death as Florida law states a person who assists in a crime that leads to a death may be charged in that death.

So no matter what side of the craigslist robbery you’re on just by using craigslist you’re taking your life in your hands. Even the criminals are safer not using it.

Memphis man killed in craigslist car deal

Three Charged With Murder Of Man Trying To Sell Car On Craigslist:

Third suspect charged in murder of man trying to sell car:

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The list of craigslist killers keeps growing at an alarming rate. This time three more names have been added to that list.

In Memphis, Tennessee, 37-year-old Larry Wilkins was trying to sell his 2006 Mustang on craigslist. Police say he met up with some potential buyers shortly before Midnight on March 9th. Instead of selling his car Wilkins was shot and killed and his car stolen. Those charged in his murder are Brandon Vance, 21, Martiness Henderson, 17, and Walter Collins, 17.

One day when the website is exactly the way I want it I’ll have list of all the craigslist killers and victims but if I had to take a guess I’d say we’re in the dozens of killers by now.

Two women charged in Alabama craigslist killing

Saraya Shakai Atkins and Kymberli Elizabeth Lindsay

Saraya Shakai Atkins and Kymberli Elizabeth Lindsay

Deputies dig into suspects’ pasts after man dies protecting his stepdaughter during Coden robbery:

Mobile DA: Charges upgraded to capital murder:

Not too long ago a friend of mine asked me if Miranda Barbour was the first female craigslist killer. At first I said yes then I also remembered Korena Roberts. Now you can add two more women’s names to that list. 20-year-old Saraya Shakai Atkins and 25-year-old Kymberli Elizabeth Lindsay are accused in the craigslist shooting death of 66-year-old Robert Perry.

Perry and his step-daughter went to look at a car at a local Wal-Mart that was being advertised on craigslist. While Perry was inspecting the car his step-daughter went into Wal-Mart to cash her income tax check. The decision was then made that Perry and his step-daughter were not going to buy the car and drove off.

Police say that Atkins and Lindsay chased them down in their vehicle and ran them off the road in Coden, Alabama. Atkins was allegedly brandishing the gun and when she pointed it at Perry’s step-daughter Mr. Perry went for the gun and shots were fired in the ensuing struggle. One of the shots struck Perry fatally.

Atkins and Lindsay have been charged with capital murder which would make them eligible for the death penalty.

If you’d like you can make an online donation to help the Perry family with the funeral costs.

Justice still being sought for Chanel Petro-Nixon

Mom seeks justice for slain honor student found in garbage bag:

Chanel Petro-Nixon

Chanel Petro-Nixon

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 8 years since the murder of 16-year-old Chanel Petro-Nixon of Brooklyn. In June of 2006 Chanel’s body was found in a garbage bag after having been strangled to death. At that time of her death police were looking into Chanel’s MySpace account for any possible clues. Since that time no one has been arrested for her murder.

The article I linked to does mention something that I had not had heard about until now. Police do have a person of interest in Chanel’s murder. On the day of Chanel’s disappearance she was supposed to meet a boy. When questioned the boy said that Chanel stood her up. That boy is now in prison for violating a restraining order taken out by a former girlfriend. He was also charged twice with rape but was acquitted both times. To me that sounds a lot like where there’s smoke there’s fire but police have not been able to physically connect him to the crime. That’s why police say they need the public’s help.

The Mayor’s office, NYPD, and Crime Stoppers have joined forces to offer a $22,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. The number to dial with a tip is 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls are treated confidentially.

“There are people that have information,” Detective Scandole told PIX 11. “And they may believe that information is not important and it may seem inconsequential. But to us, it could be the one thing that ties it together. It’s like we’re putting together a jigsaw puzzle and we’re missing that one piece.”

I pray that the Nixon family will find justice and peace very soon.

Joseph Cyr held over for trial in Jaymie Adams murder

Choctaw man accused of killing woman and her unborn child to face trial:

Joseph Cyr

Joseph Cyr

Today Joseph Cyr was in an Oklahoma City court and ordered to be held over for trial in the murder of Jaymie Adams. More details of the investigation have been made public but I’m still not convinced of Cyr’s guilt.

Reports have long been saying that police found Cyr’s DNA on Jaymie’s body even though that was not included in the initial autopsy report. Now they’re saying that it was in her body. Since she was advertising herself as a prostitute on craigslist this should not come as a shock. I’m not trying to condemn the victim but that is a fact. That still doesn’t mean that Cyr killed her especially considering the alternative.

Jaymie Adams’ husband, Justin Adams, was originally thought to be her killer and I suppose that is still the case. Unfortunately he’ll never see a day in jail as he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and then walked out of court. Supposedly Adams is going to be a witness for the prosecution. If that’s the case then justice isn’t only blind it’s also brain-damaged, but I digress.

Previously I’ve posted about how Adams had allegedly taken out a life insurance policy on his wife and how he was having an affair. With today’s testimony it gets better.

Today Adams testified that he would normally go with his wife on her calls to make sure she was safe, you know, like most pimps do. Except that night he decided to stay home and watch the kids. How convenient. He also said that this was going to be her last night of hooking. This sounds even more like a made for Lifetime movie.

Could Joseph Cyr be the actual killer? Absolutely. The problem is I have yet to hear what his motive was for killing Jaymie and her unborn child. Justin Adams, on the other hand, had plenty of motive, in my opinion.

If the Oklahoma City police can admit that they allegedly screwed up in investigating Justin Adams how do we know they haven’t screwed up by letting him go?

Michigan’s Backpage Killer convicted

Backpage murderer Brown convicted on all counts:

James Brown

James Brown

Yesterday James Brown of Sterling Heights, Michigan was convicted on four counts of murder. Brown killed Renesha Landers, 23, and Demesha Hunt, 24, Natasha Curtis, 29, and Vernithea McCrary, 28, after finding them advertising on Backpage. While these women may have been working as prostitutes it doesn’t change the fact that they had families and people who loved them as shown by their attendance in court.

After asphyxiating his victims in pairs at his home he would put their bodies in the trunk of the cars they arrived in and abandoned them near an interstate. He set the car on fire that Natasha Curtis and Vernithea McCrary were found in.

Brown will receive a mandatory sentence of life without parole as Michigan has no death penalty. That’s right, the state that contains Detroit has no death penalty.

At the time of the murders Backpage almost broke their arms patting themselves on the back claiming they helped in the investigation rather than taking any kind of responsibility for the fact that the money they make from the ads of these four woman, and any other woman advertised on their site, is nothing but blood money.

Accused craigslist killer thought he was Jason Bourne

Man Accused of Murdering Roommate He Met on Craigslist:

Man Indicted in Naperville Craigslist Murder:

Grant Van Muren

Grant Van Muren

In Naperville, Illinois, Charles Clark posted an ad on craigslist looking for a roommate in mid to late January. Police say that the ad was responded to by 21-year-old Grant Van Muren. The pair signed a lease agreement and Van Muren moved in.

Eight hours later Van Muren allegedly strangled Clark to death, took his money and tried to burn down the house to cover up the crime scene. What struck me about this story was the way Van Muren tried to burn the house down.

Police say that Van Muren opened up the gas on the oven and placed their lease agreement in a toaster before fleeing. If that sounds familiar because it was what Matt Damon did in one of the Jason Bourne movies. Van Muren obviously diesn’t watch Mythbusters or else he would have known that particular way of causing an explosion was busted. It hasn’t stopped the police from charging him with arson in addition to Clark’s murder.

If you’re looking for a roommate I’d recommend using something that’s more reliable than craigslist. Granted there are millions of transactions that take place on craigslist every day without incident you have to keep the plane crash correlation in mind. What I mean by that is we always hear about the planes crashing but never hear about the number of planes that deliver their passengers safely every day. However if one airline had as many crashes as craigslist has had killings that airline wouldn’t be in business anymore.

UPDATE 3/6/2014: Van Muren has pleaded not guilty to the murder.

Miranda Barbour’s dad says she’s a lying sack of crap

Miranda’s dad supports daughter’s execution if verdict is guilty:

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

When I last talked about Miranda Barbour and her satanic serial killer claims I said she might actually believe what she’s claiming. I thought that she might be mentally ill. After having read the linked article with her Dad’s interview I’ve done a complete 180 on that position. Sonny Dean says his daughter is a liar and a manipulator because of her heroin addiction which makes a lot of sense now. If you’ve ever lived or are close to a substance abuser you know the depths of lying and manipulation they will go to in order to get their fix and how they would sacrifice friend or family alike if it meant just one more high.

Mr. Dean also said that he believes she was involved in a killing in Alaska but not the 22+ victims she’s claiming. Surprisingly he also said that if his daughter got the death penalty not only would he go to the execution but would hold the hand of Troy LaFerrara’s widow at the execution. While I’m not celebrating the fact that Mr. Dean’s daughter killed another man this is a change of pace of the usual blood is thicker than water thinking we see with most parents.

So in conclusion if she’s so fond of needles the state of Pennsylvania should give her one.