Craigslist is a great site to buy some old furniture, snag a gig, give away old clothes or get an old bike. But before you even consider buying or selling on Craigslist, you might want to think twice. The online personals site has become a hunting ground for more than 100 murders, that we know of.
The growing concern is made evident by a January 2nd post to the Tulsa, Oklahoma, personals section that says, "i was wanting to thank Tulsa for letting me have my first kill, it all started here so was thinking it should be also my first ..."
It reads in full:
i was wanting to thank Tulsa for letting me have my first kill, it all started here so was thinking it should be also my first, i was nervous as hell but i will get over it, it was a stranger on stranger so the police will have a difficult time , it will not be my last thou, thinking about going to okc for next, to the people who started it all Julie Free (D.O.C), Judge Glassco,
The post has since been removed from Craigslist, but the alarm has already sounded. The Tulsa Police say an investigation is ongoing, but they have yet to match a murder to the description of the incident. Also, they haven't ruled out the possibility that the post is a hoax or prank.
Despite the number of safe transactions that take place on Craigslist, the company hasn't commented publicly on the issue of user safety since a 2010 Congressional hearing.
If this post is to be taken at face value, the murder will join more than 100-plus instances of violent crimes linked to Craigslist, most notably the Craigslist Killer who robbed three women and murdered one after he met them on the site.
In fact, the number of Craigslist-related murders since 2009 was at 48 in April of 2015. Not even a year later that count is over 100, crossing the milestone just three weeks ago when a woman in Indiana shot and killed one of two people who had arranged to buy her car.
That's why we often recommend you check out safer selling sites first, but sometimes Craigslist is your only option. If that's the case, here are some steps you need to take to stay safe, not only from physical violence, but from scammers, too.