Craigslist Used in Deadly Ploy to Lure Victims in Ohio

Posted in: Legal & Security at 05/12/2011 16:28

They were men thrown hard against the rocks of bad fortune -- out of work, their marriages broken, their youth, with its possibilities, behind them.

To their eyes, the advertisement on Craigslist, offering $300 a week, a free trailer and unlimited fishing to "watch over a 688 acre patch of hilly farmland and feed a few cows," may have seemed like a sign that their luck was finally turning.

Instead, in a scheme so macabre that residents here are already speculating on when it will be turned into a movie script, three of the four men, one from Virginia, one from the Akron area and one still unidentified, were lured to their deaths, their bodies buried in shallow graves. The fourth man, from South Carolina, who was hired and driven to the property in rural southern Ohio, was shot in the arm but escaped and alerted the authorities. The "farm" was in fact land owned by a coal company.

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