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
April 18, 2018
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.
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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.
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.
Thursday, 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.
Sunday, January 7, 2018
December 11, 2017
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.