Craigslist has grown to become one of the most popular websites on the internet in the last five years, acting as a meeting place and an advertising board at the same time. While it is incredibly useful for millions of people looking to buy, sell and trade, it has also developed something of a reputation for having strange and bizarre postings. Although most of them have innocent or funny intentions, some are more sinister and have actually led to crimes being carried out on unsuspecting victims.
Having posted a listing on the site to try and sell a diamond ring, James Sanders was contacted by a couple asking if they could come to his home to view the piece of jewelry before handing over the money. He accepted the offer and invited them to his house, yet when they arrived the man immediately pulled out a handgun before two other armed men forced themselves into the building. They took the ring and several other valuables, then proceeded to beat one of Sanders’ young boys before shooting and killing the dad in front of his family. Police were able to track down the criminals and they will now serve at least 80 years each in prison.
Minister Steals Wedding Gifts
After being hired to perform a wedding on a couple in Portland, minister Shey-Rima Silveira carried out her duties but then stole hundreds of dollars of Home Depot gift cards. The couple had asked their friends to give them gift cards rather than presents and Silveira stole almost every single one before leaving. Police caught up to her shortly afterwards and she was ordered to pay the victims $1,500 in compensation.