Thursday, April 11, 2013

Craigslist Is A Hotbed of Deceit, Weirdness and Fun

Is it just me, or as Craigslist, that online classified advertisement site, become a real hotbed of intrigue and strangeness?

I say that because of all the creative ways people have used Craigslist to unleash all kinds of mischief. I've found evidence of this all over weird news sites lately.
Is this web site a hotbed of weird crime?  

In one case, a guy who broke up with his girlfriend posted an ad, supposedly from the girlfriend, saying she was looking for horny guys and come on over!     The boyfriend and ex-girlfriend were both in their 60s, so you'd think he, at least, would be past these junior high school style mean pranks, but you'd be mistaken.

According to the New York Daily News:

"She said she has 'multiple signs posted on her fence and gates that people who are there in response to ads on Craigslist were uninvited and trespassing.'

But these clearly do not do the trick because she resorts to calling police 'frequently, often several times a day, to chase away the men who have been enticed by these personal ads,' according to the arrest affidavit.

Arrest affidavit? Oh yes, the ex-boyfriend, Kenneth Kuban, 61, a Library of Congress worker, has been charged with felony stalking. He could face up to five years in prison, according to media reports.

The New York Daily News article helpfully linked to other Craigslist related articles, including one in which a woman had a "lying, cheating" sale in which she sold off her husband's possessions while he was allegedly off somewhere with his mistress.

More seriously, the Daily News piece also linked to the conviction of a man who murdered at least a couple guys by luring them with the promise of a job as a farm hand, then robbing and killing them. 

In yet one more case of Craigslist weird intrigue, a woman is accused of hiring, via Craigslist, to beat her up so she could falsely report she was raped

So, I guess I'll be careful if I ever respond to ads on Craigslist.

You mean I shouldn't necessarily trust the ad that says "Save $$ on gas and get $$ to tell others!!!" ?

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