Teen Arrested in Craigslist Killing

Victim lured by prospect of cattle ranching job
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2011 2:34 PM CST
The Craigslist page for Parkersburg-Marietta, Ohio is seen in this screenshot.   (Craigslist)

(Newser) – A 16-year-old high school student has been arrested in connection with what appears to be a plot to lure people to an Ohio town with Craigslist job ads and then kill them, police announced today. A 52-year-old, Richard Beasley, also is being held as a suspect, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. On Nov. 6, a South Carolina man told deputies he’d responded to a Craigslist ad promising cattle ranch work—only to have his would-be employers try to shoot him.

The man said his faux-employers had driven him to a wooded area, then pointed a gun at his head. He deflected the gun, but was shot in the arm as he fled. Last Friday, a Boston woman called police to say her twin brother had gone missing, and she feared he’d responded to the same ad. On Tuesday, police found a body in a shallow grave near the site of the South Carolina man’s shooting, and they believe the incidents are related.

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