December 6, 2011
They are calling them the Craigslist Killers: a teenage boy and his 52-year-old mentor are accused of using the classified advertising website to lure unemployed men to a remote corner of rural Ohio, where they were shot in the head, before being buried in shallow graves.
Richard Beasley and 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty appeared in court in the city of Akron this week, after being arrested by police investigating the murder of at least two jobseekers, and the attempted murder of another man.
A fourth, unidentified, body has also been uncovered. Police are still searching for more victims, and say that although the motive was probably robbery or identity theft, it is possible that the men were simply killed for pleasure.
Court papers allege that Beasley and Rafferty placed an advert on Craigslist seeking applicants for the “job of a lifetime”, as caretaker for a “688-acre patch of hilly farmland”. Applicants were offered unlimited fishing, $300-a-week, and accommodation in a trailer.