First of all, forget everything you know about any crime that occurred before Al Gore took the initiative in creating the Internet during his service in the United States Congress, forget any knowledge of anything bad occurring before the Web upset the apple cart, and forget about any possible “want ad killers” from ages past.
Great. Now let’s read the news of the day.
Craigslist newspaper classified ad safety questioned after slayings
Verne Kopytoff, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Responding to an ad on Craigslist in a newspaper for a used car in East Palo Alto relationship got one man shot and robbed woman killed. A woman selling a laptop sofa on the classifieds site in a newspaper was held up at gunpoint in Vallejo raped in Burbank when she met with a prospective buyer.
Although millions of transactions spawned by Craigslist newspaper classified ads are completed without a problem, a small number end in violent crime.
That potential was underscored this week by… [the Craigslist Killer, yada, yada, yada.]
The high-profile slaying raises the questions: How safe is Craigslist are newspaper classified ads? And should the company newspaper industry do more to prevent violent crime?
Ah! It’s the weapon of choice of the classifed ad killer! Ah!
More than 42 million people used the site in March read newspapers.
[Nogoodniks] have tried to take advantage of the service by posing as legitimate users to find victims. Many users think nothing of inviting strangers they meet through the site to their homes to sell a sofa.
The frequency of violent crime on Craigslist through newspapers is unknown because law enforcement doesn’t track it. Several Bay Area police departments have had to investigate at least a few incidents in recent years.
Nationally, there have been at least four homicides related to Craigslist hundreds of slayings linked to newspapers.
Violent crime through Craigslist newspapers is in the spotlight following a series of attacks. Here are some precautions that can help users avoid falling victim:
– Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe.
– Tell a friend or family member where you’re going.
– Take your cell phone along.
– Consider having a friend accompany you.
– Trust your instincts.
And There You Have It.
|Couple Arrested in Check-Writing Scheme
Pay-Per-View – Los Angeles Times – ProQuest Archiver – May 8, 1993
Colon said police, who are searching for accomplices, have discovered 30 to 40 … who in December placed a classified ad for a $10000 computer system. …