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.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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

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

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.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

No. 119 Craigslist scammer charged in fatal hit and run

September 30, 2017
Morrow, Georgia
Victim: Not named

A Morrow, Ga., man was dragged and run over in a Home Depot parking lot after  meeting to buy a laptop offered on Craigslist. According Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, Murray Blackmon was arrested and is facing multiple charges.

Read more here.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

No. 118 Twin Falls Man Killed in Test Drive Gone Bad

July 25, 2015
Twin Falls, Idaho
Victim: Kent Storrer

A Twin Falls man was killed after giving a test drive for a car offered on Craigslist. According to the Times-Union, in August 2017, Jerry Kimball was sentenced to 45 years in prison for killing Kent Storrer.

Read more here.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

No. 117:Atlanta man killed in truck sale

No. 117
May 1, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia
Victim: Vicente Cruz

An Atlanta man disappeared after telling a friend he was meeting someone he met through Craigslist to sell his truck. His truck was found the next day with blood inside.

Atlanta Police said David Rios was arrested in San Antonio, August 31, and charged with the murder of Vicente Cruz and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Read more here.

Monday, July 10, 2017

No. 116: Cathedral staff member suffocated by man he met on Craigslist
No. 116
July, 2017
Dallas, Texas  
Victim: Robert Lee Covington
A Cathedral of Hope staff member was suffocated with duct tape by a man he met on Craigslist, Dallas police say.
Robert Lee Covington, 54, was found dead in his bed around 6:30 p.m. Friday at his locked condominium in the 3000 block of Mahanna Springs Drive, near Cedar Springs Road and the Dallas North Tollway. 
Police arrested 22-year-old Yevin Rushing of Cedar Hill on a murder charge in Covington's death. who returned to the crime scene in a U-Haul, Dallas police say. 
Read more here

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No. 115: Grad who earned college football scholarship slain in Craigslist deal gone bad

No. 115
June, 2017
North Miami Beach
Victim: Brian Brown

A  recent high school graduate who earned a scholarship to play college football in California was shot and killed during an apparent online transaction gone bad.

Brian Brown, 19, was shot June 14 at Northeast 177th Street and Ninth Avenue. 
Relatives believe Brown was shot during a Craigslist transaction after he advertised a PlayStation console and video games for sale and went to meet the potential buyer.
Read more here.