Nutty people or war on craigslist?

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Nothing has hurt the newspapers’ classifieds sections more (a major revenue source) than craigslist and its knock-offs. So whenever I see a media story on craigslist.org, I am immediately suspicious. Does this story seem real to you? It’s full of the magic numbers. Do people this crazy really exist? Aren’t people so drugged out (legally) that they lack almost all motivation? Unless you are in a drug-induced rage (legal or illegal drugs), it takes a lot I’d imagine to kill someone, especially with a knife.

From the media hoax specialists at AP (the super concentration of news services is so dangerous, especially since local papers have almost no reporters left).

A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

Elytte Barbour told officers before his arrest Friday night that he and his wife, Miranda, had planned to kill before, but their plans never worked out until last month when Troy LaFerrara responded to an online posting that promised companionship in return for money, authorities said.

“They had tried to kill others before this victim but the plan didn’t work out so they continued to try to find someone,” police wrote in an affidavit.

Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, face criminal homicide charges in LaFerrara’s death. His body was found Nov. 12 in an alley in Sunbury, a small city about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The couple had recently moved to nearby Selinsgrove from Dunn, N.C.

via Newlyweds celebrated marriage by allegedly luring man to their home and murdering him, police say | National Post.

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4 thoughts on “Nutty people or war on craigslist?

  1. columjaddica

    Here’s the resume of one of the people who discovered the body in his own backyard

    brandonkauffman.com/resume/
    newsitem.com/news/observations…

    I cannot tell you how many times I dig into a story and find that one of the bystanders or minor characters works in advertising/media. If I had to take a guess right now I’d say Mr Kauffman was central to the creation of this story.

    “In our increasingly planned and perfectly orchestrated lives, often the most important moments occur while we’re focused on something else. I’ve found design inspiration while skiing, thought of a logo concept while building a stone garden wall, and met my wife because of a traffic jam. Thank you, Serendipity.

    These chance moments inspire me to create branding and ad campaigns that catch people unaware—breaking through their daily grind to capture their attention if only for a few moments, but also more than likely prompting them to share their experiences with others.

    I work with brands that want to spark excitement, produce word-of-mouth response, and create seamless user experiences while achieving branding and business goals. If you’re interested in working with me, drop me a note at (REMOVED).”

    I dug into the names around this and although it’s damn near impossible to dig anything out of Google after the search term starts trending I turned up a bunch of stuff about fiction. Also, on the name Barbour

    Barbour :{English** One who practiced surgery ie> a blood-letter….
    also; a hairdresser

  2. Blue Moon

    I don’t mean to be a name dropper and it is always suspicious when proximity is admitted, but I have met Craig Newmark a few times in passing and he seems legit- That said, Craigslist has in fact knee capped newspapers and their ad revenues, though I doubt that was any part of the original CL charter- The internet is simply more evolved and print media is going the way of the, alleged, dinosaurs- As for the damage these stories do to CL, I don’t think it puts much of a dent in its reputation or utility- CL just happens to be a great platform to launch fake stories like this to spread the fear so it is used once in awhile as the fall guy- A few years ago there was allegedly a murder through their “personal services” ads (read: Prostitution) and the bad publicity did get CL to change its policies that one time and drop the category- I can only speculate that the ad revenue of the sex industry mafia was threatened and they did not hesitate to attack CL’s reputation with considerable PR force- And I am of the firm conviction that the sex industries, especially porn, is owned lock stock and barrel by the major media conglomerates- To conclude, the newspapers don’t have the juevos to fight CL and the net but the PIP’s can use CL to launch psy-ops like this one and CL isn’t really in a position to do anything about it-
    That said, my first reaction to the linked story was the arresting officer had a Craig Newmark vibe going on- Maybe I’m overreacting- (insert LOL emoticon here) Though there are some sweet numbers in the write up, including 42 which often attends violence in certain number systems-

  3. columjaddica

    On media concentration: The way things are set up now the wire services can pull and push media at will to your local news orgs. When Reuters or AP decides that an image or story has become problematic, *ZAP* it’s gone.

    If you’re lucky on images sometimes they’ll leave a placeholder with an explanation (like seen below)

    imgur.com/FlnfDZy

    Systems based off of NewML-G2 allow the wire services to enforce very strict compartmentalized and scheduled rules for news distribution.

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    And I’d say that the fact it was Craigslist is mostly irrelevant, if the story is even true. There are plenty of ways to lure somebody somewhere, say maybe you could do that with Facebook!

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