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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

No. 123 Craigslist ad for a hit-man ends in first degree murder charge

February 15, 2018 
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 Two men killed in marijuana sale arranged on Craigslist

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

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.