December 3rd, 2011
04:19 PM ET

3rd body identified in Ohio killings linked to Craigslist ad

Ohio authorities on Saturday advanced their investigation into killings tied to a Craigslist job listing when they identified the last of three bodies found last month, a sheriff said.

The body of Ralph H. Geiger, 56, of Akron, Ohio, was identified by the Licking County Coroner's office, said Sheriff Stephen S. Hannum of Noble County. His corpse had been discovered by investigators November 25 in a shallow grave in eastern Ohio.

He and two other men found dead - also in different shallow graves - are believed to have been killed after answering a Craigslist ad to work on a cattle farm in eastern Ohio, authorities said.

Brogan Rafferty, 16, of Stow, Ohio, who is a high school sophomore, is facing charges of aggravated murder and attempted murder in the killings, and prosecutors are seeking to try him as an adult, according to CNN affiliates WKYC and WJW.

In court documents filed by prosecutors, Richard Beasley, 52, of Akron, Ohio, is also alleged to have been involved in the killings. But he hasn't been charged yet specifically in relation to the case.

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Rep. Christopher Lee resigns amid reports that he tried to meet women on Craigslist
February 9th, 2011
06:05 PM ET

Rep. Christopher Lee resigns amid reports that he tried to meet women on Craigslist

Rep. Christopher Lee , a New York Republican, has resigned after reports surfaced that the married congressman was trying to meet women on Craigslist, a GOP source told CNN.

Lee acknowledged making "profound mistakes" and said his decision to step down was voluntary.

"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness," he said in a statement.

"The challenges we face in Western New York and across the country are too serious for me to allow this distraction to continue, and so I am announcing that I have resigned my seat in Congress effective immediately."

The allegations were first reported Wednesday afternoon on Gawker.

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September 16th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

'Craigslist killer' case formally dropped after suspect's suicide

Prosecutors in Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday filed paperwork in court that officially ended the murder case against "Craigslist killer" Philip Markoff, who committed suicide in jail last month.

The Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said prosecutors had a "very, very strong case" against Markoff, but it was short-circuited when Markoff took his own life August 15.

"What he did was abhorrent, it was disgraceful, it was brutal and he would have been held accountable," said Conley, who told reporters that the case file would be available to review in a few weeks.

Markoff, 24, was a second-year student at Boston University's School of Medicine when arrested in April 2009 in the killing of Julissa Brisman, 25, at Boston's Copley Marriott Hotel. Police said that Brisman, a model, advertised as a masseuse on the online classifieds service Craigslist, and Markoff might have met her through the site.


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September 15th, 2010
09:23 PM ET

Craigslist says no plans to resume sex ads in U.S.

Craigslist has "no plans" to resume running adult services ads that contribute to child sex trafficking in the United States, an official with the online advertising site told a House panel Wednesday.

However, the erotic services ads remain available to Americans on the company's foreign sites, including its Canadian site, acknowledged William "Clint" Powell, the director of customer service and law enforcement relations at Craigslist.

Powell's remarks to a House Judiciary subcommittee responded to testimony that the internet has greatly expanded child prostitution and child sex trafficking. In particular, witnesses cited online advertising sites such as Craigslist and as facilitating the ability of people to hire child prostitutes.

In late August, attorneys general in 17 U.S. states banded together to urge Craigslist to discontinue its adult services.


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September 4th, 2010
10:06 PM ET

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September 4th, 2010
08:18 AM ET

Craigslist 'adult services' ads disappear

Embattled online classified service Craigslist apparently made a change to its website early Saturday, censoring its adult services section.

The section that usually reads "adult services" was replaced by the word "censored."

It was not immediately clear whether Craigslist removed the adult services and replaced them with the "censored" section that had a link that was not active. But for users who accessed the account outside the U.S., the erotic services link was still active.

The website has been under fire for allegations that it promotes prostitution and sexual exploitation of children.


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August 17th, 2010
05:45 PM ET

Craigslist suspect wrote woman's name before dying

A suspect in a killing tied to the Craigslist website wrote his ex-fiancee's name in what appeared to be blood on the wall of his jail cell before dying "at his own hand," a Massachusetts prosecutor said Tuesday.

Philip Markoff was found dead in his jail cell in Boston on Sunday morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said. The evidence collected so far indicates the onetime medical student killed himself by cutting himself multiple times with a makeshift scalpel crafted from a pen and a piece of metal, Conley told reporters.


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August 16th, 2010
09:24 AM ET

On the Radar: Crash driver, Craigslist suspect, first lady

Race car driver apologizes - The driver of a truck that crashed into a crowd of spectators, killing eight, said in a Facebook message that he was devastated. The California Highway Patrol identified the driver as Brett Sloppy. Authorities said Sloppy is not facing any charges in Saturday's crash at an off-road race in Southern California's Mojave Desert.

"Soo incredibly lost and devistated [sic] my thoughts and prayers go out to all the familys and friends involved," the San Marcos resident said on his Facebook page late Sunday. "Thank you too all my friends for sticking with me even thru these tragic times I love you all."

Apparent suicide by Craiglist killing suspect - An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in the death of Philip Markoff, a one-time medical student who died of an apparent suicide while facing charges in a killing tied to the Craigslist website. Markoff was found unresponsive Sunday morning in his Boston, Massachusetts, jail cell and pronounced dead by medics, officials said. Markoff, 24, was charged in the April 14, 2009, fatal shooting and attempted robbery of Julissa Brisman, 25, at Boston's Marriott Copley Place Hotel.


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August 15th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

Police: Accused Craigslist killer dead of apparent suicide

A onetime medical student who was facing charges including first-degree murder in a killing tied to the Craigslist website died Sunday of an apparent suicide, police said.

Philip Markoff was found unresponsive in his Boston, Massachusetts, jail cell at 10:17 a.m. Sunday and pronounced dead by medics, according to officials.

The cause of death is under investigation, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.


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April 24th, 2010
12:51 AM ET

Man says Craigslist post offering to sell kids was a joke

New York State Police have arrested a man accused of posting his children for sale on Craigslist.


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March 24th, 2010
12:16 PM ET

Craigslist's bad week: Wife, child for sale; sex for tickets

It hasn't been a good couple days for Craigslist.

The popular online classified ad site is back in the news with arrests and court cases stemming from some strange and disturbing sales on the site - someone offering sex for World Series tickets, someone's offer their wife for and someone else offering their son.