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Couple Killed After Meeting Stranger Through Craigslist

They had reportedly arranged for sexual encounter

(Newser) - A pregnant Michigan teenager was strangled and her boyfriend was decapitated after apparently connecting with a stranger through Craigslist for a sexual encounter, police said yesterday. Emails indicate that Brooke Slocum, 18 and eight months pregnant, connected with the suspect, 31-year-old Brady Oestrike, through a Craigslist ad and arranged a... More »

Kansas City Parents Shot Looking at Craigslist Car

Suspects may have robbed another man of an Xbox earlier that day

(Newser) - A Kansas City couple who went to check out a car they saw on Craigslist were shot and robbed Wednesday night, USA Today reports. They had wanted to purchase the vehicle for their 16-year-old son, who was with them but not injured. Police say the 53-year-old dad and his son... More »

Accused Craigslist Killer: I Killed 22-Plus 'Bad People'

Miranda Barbour says she stopped counting victims she killed in last 6 years

(Newser) - Miranda Barbour admits killing a 42-year-old Pennsylvania man she says she and her new husband picked up on Craigslist for sex in November, but her tale only gets darker from there: In an interview with the Sunbury Daily Item , the 19-year-old says that she's killed at least 22 people... More »

On Craigslist: California Ghost Town, $225K

Gold mining town of Seneca up for sale

(Newser) - If you're in the market to relocate, have we got news for you: For just $225,000, you can buy an entire gold mining ghost town in northern California. The 12-acre town of Seneca is listed for sale on Craigslist , Fox News reports, and it comes with its own... More »

Man Finds $98K in Desk Bought on Craigslist

Returns it to seller; it was apparently her inheritance

(Newser) - We bet you've seen some bizarre stuff on Craigslist. But you've probably never found this. A couple found $98,000 in cold hard cash stuffed inside a plastic bag in a desk they bought for under $200. So what did they do with the money? The rabbi and... More »

Ohio Sentences Craigslist Killer to Death

Richard Beasley killed 3 men seeking farm jobs

(Newser) - A self-styled street preacher who teamed up with a high school student in a deadly plot to lure men with bogus Craigslist job offers has been sentenced to death. A judge in Akron sentenced 53-year-old Richard Beasley today; the jury that convicted him recommended last week that he be executed.... More »

Ohio Craigslist Killer Guilty, Could Get Death

Richard Beasley masterminded plot to kill jobseekers

(Newser) - The Ohio street preacher who masterminded a plot to kill jobseekers lured to an Ohio town by ads on Craigslist has been found guilty of killing three men. Relatives of the three victims hugged and Richard Beasley, 53, slumped forward in his wheelchair as the verdict was read out, the... More »

Want Some Twinkies? That'll Be $1K

Opportunists attempt to price-gouge Hostess snacks

(Newser) - News of Hostess going out of business led to a run on Twinkies and other iconic products from the bakery, which has in turn led to the snack cakes being listed for thousands of dollars on eBay and Craigslist, the AP reports. One unemployed man spent hours collecting 16 boxes... More »

Craigslist Ads Gouge Storm Victims: $700/Night

'We aren't charging them extra,' says hotel manager

(Newser) - People dislodged by Superstorm Sandy in New York state saw some dandy deals on Craigslist—like a 1-bedroom apartment for a "mere" $700 a night, the New York Post reports. "Escape the hurricane in a luxury 1-BR with full power and Internet," the ad read. "Stay... More »

Craigslist's New Classified Rival: Facebook

Zuckerberg and Co. developing classified ad project

(Newser) - Look out, Craigslist: Facebook is developing a classified ad service, insiders say—and unlike Craigslist, it would target ads at interested users. Dubbed Marketplace—like an earlier Facebook venture—for the time being, the service could be used for anything from hawking second-hand furniture to advertising apartments. To sell a... More »

Stodgy Craigslist Finally Tests Maps With Listings

Rare stab at innovation comes after two startups tried to move in on turf

(Newser) - Those browsing Craigslist real estate listings in San Fransisco or Portland might notice a seemingly unremarkable thing: A street map at the bottom of the listing that helpfully pinpoints where the place is. The site is experimenting with the upgrade in those two cities, which "would be humdrum news... More »

Fallen Soldier's Photo Used in Craigslist Scam

Ads claimed soldier was injured, needed help with medical bills

(Newser) - Five years after he was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Sgt. Sean Fennerty's photo is being used by online scam artists. The Oregon soldier's photo appeared next to ads on Craigslist Pensacola and fundraising site Indiegogo.com containing a plea for funds from somebody claiming to... More »

Occupy Sympathizers Need Not Apply for This Job

Law firm specifies such in Craigslist ad

(Newser) - The Above the Law blog notices an unusual Craigslist ad posted by a Philadelphia law firm: The company needs a part-time "contract litigation associate," but there's a catch. Preferred candidates are "capitalists, believers in the Constitution, champions of free enterprise, and advocates of limited government."... More »

12 Odd 'Missed Connections'

Craigslist offers 12 strange listings from last year

(Newser) - A shared glance with a beautiful stranger once inspired hours of pining and poetry. Nowadays there's "Missed Connections," a 12-year-old service on Craigslist that helps people reconnect. Mashable runs down 12 strange listings from last year:
  1. "minotaur, halloween, downtown": A man eyed a "tall blonde"
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Woman Gets New Kidney Via Craigslist

Good Samaritan donates one of hers to save a life

(Newser) - An antidote to all those Craigslist-is-the-devil's-little-helper stories ( like this ): A 28-year-old woman in Florida desperate for a new kidney posted the request on the site, reports the Palm Beach Post . After a flurry of media attention, Selina Hodge ended up with more than 800 responses, including one... More »

Jeans of Missing Woman Found on LI Beach

Belongings linked to Craigslist escort found in serial killer area

(Newser) - Clothing and a purse believed to belong to a female escort who advertised her services on Craigslist have been found on an Long Island beach nearly two years after she vanished. Police discovered Shannan Gilbert's jeans, cell phone, shoes, and a purse with identification near the community of Oak... More »

2 New Bodies Could Be Linked to Craigslist Scheme

One could be man missing more than a week

(Newser) - Authorities found two more bodies in Ohio today that could be connected to a suspected Craigslist murder scheme , potentially bringing the death toll to three. One body was found in a shallow grave near an Akron mall, the other in a shallow grave about 90 miles away in a rural... More »

Teen Arrested in Craigslist Killing

Victim lured by prospect of cattle ranching job

(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... More »

Flier Gets Back Stolen Laptop Via Craigslist

It was swiped from her checked luggage with Southwest

(Newser) - A Southwest passenger whose laptop was stolen from a checked bag got it back with a handy bit of detective work. After Ambre Boroughs discovered her laptop bag was laptop-less, she complained to the airline only to find she was out of luck, reports NBC Chicago . She then searched on... More »

Prosecutors Probing eBay-Craigslist Feud

EBay execs accused of stealing classified info

(Newser) - The Justice Department has become involved in the long-running dispute between eBay and Craigslist amid accusations that eBay execs broke the law. Federal investigators are probing accusations that eBay employees forwarded confidential information about Craigslist's classified ads business to a team starting up eBay's own classified ads service,... More »

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