What Craigslist Killings Say About White Men
Both killers and victims were clinging to love outside of family
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2013 5:45 PM CDT
FILE In this Oct. 15, 2012 photo, Brogan Rafferty waits to be taken from the courtroom of Judge Lynn S. Callahan in the Summit County Courthouse during the lunch break in his trial in Akron, Ohio. Rafferty,...   (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr., Pool)

(Newser) – The Ohio "Craigslist murders" may be old news, but what they teach us about America is still heartbreaking. Two years ago, Richard Beasley and his teenage accomplice Brogan Rafferty were arrested for luring Craigslist job-hunters into rural areas and killing them. In an extensive Atlantic article, Hanna Rosin looks at their lives and the lives of their victims. What she expected to find: a world of isolated, underemployed, working-class men who turned to murder or became easy victims. After all, "at what other moment in history would it have been plausible for a serial killer to identify middle-aged white men as his most vulnerable targets?"

Instead, she found working-class men clinging to relationships as they lost touch with traditional family structure. One victim was a divorced dad who talked to a friend by walkie-talkie dozens of times a day; another, also divorced, nurtured a tender relationship with his two sons ("All day, texting, every day," his ex says). Even Beasley had a father-son-like relationship with Rafferty, who was trying to escape the strict rules imposed by his dad. "Christians often talk about a 'God-shaped hole,' a need inside us that can be filled only by faith," writes Rosin. "Perhaps we share a 'family-shaped hole.'" With old structures receding, some men are creating "improvised families [that] can prove more intense because they are formed under duress." Click for Rosin's full piece.

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Aug 19, 2013 11:23 AM CDT
Clearly racist writing. Just give this tech-age style of killing more time and you'll see all races and genders included.
Aug 18, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
REALLY! This is the most lame BS I have read in a long time.
Aug 18, 2013 7:06 AM CDT
here...let me paraphrase a summary. "After careful study of readers digest articles in the Picturesque speech section, we have determined that short men with curly hair are prone to freckles in june" THERE...that should clear things up : ) (WTF was that article about again???)