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Craigslist Killer Richard Beasley May Face Death Penalty
The man who lured men to their deaths by posting fake job positions on Craigslist may be facing the death penalty.
Richard Beasley was a street preacher who posted job ads on the site to prey on men who were struggling to find employment.
He was found guilty of aggravated murder and could face execution.
Beasley was accused of killing two men from Ohio and one from Virginia in 2011, after he posted farmhand jobs online and convinced them to come in for an interview.
He was also found guilty for attempting to murder another victim in South Carolina.
Prosecutor Jonathan Baumoel said Beasley was the “master manipulator” after he devised a plan with a 16-year-old high school student, Brogan Rafferty, to kill the men. Rafferty was convicted last year and sentenced to life in prison.
All of the victims were struggling to find jobs and had few ties to friends and relatives who would alert authorities of their disappearance.
Ralph Geiger, 56, David Pauley, 51, and Timothy Kern, 47, were all killed, while Scott Davis was shot in the arm but managed to escape.
Davis hid out in the woods for a few hours before he alerted police, who found Pauley’s body at the scene of the shooting and later found Kern’s body buried by a shopping mall.
Beasley said he shot Davis because he pulled a gun on him and fired six shots.
“I said, ‘That’s your six,’ so if he was going to kill me, he was going to have to do it with his hands,” Beasley told the court.
Once his verdict was delivered, family members of those killed cried and hugged, while Beasley sat in his wheelchair and his mother sobbed.