Overview

Craigslist is a terrific site in many ways. But it has a terrible safety record. While Craigslist has facilitated millions of transactions, not all of them go well. Rip-offs, robberies or rapes related to Craigslist are reported almost every day. And the rate of killings tied in some way to Craigslist is staggering. The list below is not necessarily complete (sadly). We also have broken down the types of killings; how the victims were lured to their deaths, and more. It’s a devastating story.

We highlight these killings only because we believe Craigslist should do much more to promote safety among its users, and because SafeTrade is the best way to stay safe when you’re trading in person through Craigslist or any other Internet site.

Monday, April 30, 2018

No. 127/128 Two killed in gun sale advertised on Craigslist

No.127/128
April 18, 2018 
Norman, OK
Victims: Alize Ramon Smith and Jarron Keonte Moreland

Bretty Boettler was charged with first-degree murder and Kevin Boettler and Johnny Barker were arrested as accessories  in the murders of Smith and Moreland.  The victims met the trio in a food store parking lot for a gun sale arranged on Craigslist. 

Read more here.

No. 126 Man killed for posing as a woman for sex in Craigslist ad

No.126
March 7, 2018 
Orange County, KY
Victim: Francesco “Joey” Bonomolo

 Adam Anthony Ingala-Whiting is accused of stabbing Bonomolo after discovering Bonomolo was a man.  Whiting went to  Bonomolo's apartment after responding to a Craigslist ad for a man to join a woman and her boyfriend for a threesome.
Read more here.

No. 125 Man charged in fulfilling requested hit advertised on Craigslist

No.125
February 8, 2018 
Hardin County, KY

Victim: Kimberly Mayberger

Joseph Lopez, of Northglenn Co., has been charged with first degree murder. Lopez claimed he was hired by Natalie Bollinger when he answered her ad on Craigslist titled “I want to put a hit on myself.” Lopez states that after many text messages an agreement was reached, and he picked her up and shot her in the head.
Read more here.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

No. 124 Craigslist ad for a hit-man ends in first degree murder charge

No.124
December 29,2017
Adams County, CO
Victim: Natalie Bollinger

Joseph Lopez, of Northglenn Co,,  has been charged with first degree murder. Lopez claimed he was hired by Natalie Bollinger when he answered her ad on Craigslist titled “I want to put a hit on myself.” Lopez states that after many text messages an agreement was reached, and he picked her up and shot her in the head.
Read more here.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

No. 122/123 Two men killed in marijuana sale arranged on Craigslist

No.122/123
December 11, 2017
Corunna, Michigan
Victims: Joseph Michael Carson and Anthony Lee Hammond

Otis Smith Jr. of Grand Rapids has been sentenced to life in prison, without parole, for being the triggerman in the killings outside a Walmart in Caledonia Township. Authorities say the murders stemmed from a deal to sell marijuana that was arranged online via Craigslist.

Read more here.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

No. 121 Sale at Davie, FL CVS Ends with One Man Dead

No.121
November 1, 2017
Davie, Florida
Victim: Andre Derek Smith

Smith met Matthew J Barry at a CVS parking lot to sell an iPhone. After the sale, Smith had repeated requests. Barry felt threatened, entered the CVS, and was followed by Smith and Smith's friend. After asking several clerks to call 911, Barry pushed Smith and then shot and mortally wounded him. No one has been arrested, and the investigation is continuing.

Read more here.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

No. 120 Former TSU Officer Killed at Meeting to Sell Car

No.120
September 30, 2017
Nashville, Tennessee
Victim: Jonathan Outlaw

A former TSU officer was murdered when he met with Ricardo Lamont Murray Jr., at a Robertson county gas station, to sell his car. Murray and 2 accomplices are accused of shooting and killing Jonathan Outlaw after stealing his car. 



Read more here.