If you scour the crime logs of places like Gary and Tulsa, more incidents emerge: transactions gone wrong, dates turned ugly, would-be roommates or landlords or handymen who aren’t quite what they said they were.
I explained, through my car window, that I didn't come there to make friends and have friendly conversation. I'm primarily straight, but I can enjoy other stuff, or have. Just recently hooked up with a girl who happens to be a teacher in my hometown (new). But it was a hook up, so I was just like sorry, I gotta go. Still, we all have a variety of social outlets to find what we need and you have to take some chances to find people looking for the same thing.
In fact, according to the Advanced Interactive Media Group, an industry watchdog and analyst, Craigslist passed the 100-murder mark just three weeks ago, when a 22-year-old man from Gary, Ind., attempted to rob the middle-aged couple who’d arranged to buy his car.
“Their attitude is, ‘We’re safe, we have billions of safe transactions’ — sure they do,” said Peter Zollman, the founding principal of the AIM Group.
Craigslist has long maintained that the vast majority of its transactions are legitimate and that it can’t be held responsible for the small minority that aren’t — which is true, legally speaking.
Still, some bad apples are active on Craigslist, and we don’t tend to hear about them unless their crimes are particularly grim.