53-year-old Timothy Ray Walker, aka Timothy Ray Havelka, of Blount County, Tennessee is accused of allegedly killing 70-year-old Dennis Allan Foltz. Walker was said to have met Foltz after placing a craigslist ad looking for an “older man” with “no family ties.” Foltz was shot twice in the back of the head and his body was buried on Walker’s property. The even sadder part is that Walker reportedly used Foltz’s checkbook to pay for the excavation used to bury Foltz’s body.
Over the years, I’ve lost count of the many murders that have had craigslist connections. It’s been close to a year since I posted about the last one that I know of. Even the Craigslist Killings blog hasn’t updated in close to a year. Their number stands at 128 craigslist killing victims by the way.
While the murders may have slowed down, that doesn’t make craigslist any less dangerous. The fact that the ad was asking for someone with no family ties should have been a dead giveaway that there was something nefarious forthcoming. Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the similarities between this story and that of craigslist serial killer Richard Beasley. Beasley used craigslist to prey upon people who could be seen as transients. Beasley killed them and was trying to use their identities to avoid previous criminal charges.
The bottom line is, craigslist is still far from what any logical person should consider safe.