This is the story of a murder that was facilitated through craigslist that did not capture the national media’s attention. To be honest it escaped my attention as well.
Back in February 57-year-old Richard Gardner of Cape Coral, Florida was beaten to death aboard his boat which was docked in Stock Island, Florida in the Keys.
It’s alleged that 32-year-old Jonathon LeBaron laid in wait aboard Gardner’s boat before beating him to death.
So how is craigslist involved you may be asking? Gardner was allegedly led back to his boat by 40-year-old Kristena Whitmore who is LeBron’s girlfriend. She also had posted an ad on a certain section of craigslist where Gardner used her for her oral skills.
Now granted ultimately LeBaron is ultimately responsible for Mr. Gardner’s death if convicted. And yes Mr. Gardner put himself in jeopardy by engaging in illicit activity with a stranger. However back in the day, people would be discouraged from engaging in picking up prostitutes because hookers would mostly be in the bad parts of town. craigslist’s erotic services sections has brought prostitution from out of the inner cities and into the rest of the country and it brings all the other crimes associated with prostitution with it.
I believe that brings the number of ‘craigslist murders’ on this site to 9.
Thanks to Paul for the tip.