CRIME
10/29/2014 09:14 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

There Have Been At Least 45 'Craigslist Killings' Since 2009: Report

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Craigslist is a great place to find an apartment, a free couch or even someone's soul.

But there is also a darker, more sinister side to the site. Killings connected to Craigslist have peppered news sites since at least 2009, when Philip Markoff, the alleged "Craigslist Killer" was arrested. Markoff was accused of killing Julissa Brisman and robbing another Las Vegas woman in April 2009.

Markoff committed suicide in his cell in 2010.

By combing through news reports, Law Street compiled a list of 58 accused or convicted murderers and 45 murder victims tied to Craigslist, since 2009.

"Each of these crimes stemmed from a Craigslist interaction of some sort -- overwhelmingly from robberies gone bad where someone either advertised on Craigslist that he had an item to sell and his killer responded to that ad with the intention to rob him but ended up killing him instead, or vice versa," Law Street's Chelsey Goff, one of the researcher's for the report, told HuffPost. " The Craigslist connections run from these types of robberies gone bad to ads for prostitution, roommate listings, personal ads, and the like."

See Law Street's full report here.

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