Craigslist killer

Posted By Horizon Staff April 9th, 2013 in News : 0 COMMENTS

Christina Guimera
Staff Writer

Richard James Beasley was convicted of and sentenced to death for the murder of three men who answered a Craigslist ad to work on an Ohio cattle farm. A judge in Summit County accepted a jury’s recommendation that the accused should be given the death penalty, reported CNN.

Ralph Geiger, David Pauley and Timothy Kern, all between the ages of 47 and 56, were killed near the end of 2011.  Beasley allegedly murdered his victims to steal their belongings.

The murders would have gone unnoticed for longer had the fourth victim not escaped alive, albeit injured, from his encounter with Beasley.  According to Noble County Sheriff Stephen S. Hannum, Scott Davis answered the ad and arrived at the 688-acre farm only to turn around and “to see a gun pointed at his head,” reported CNN.

Davis was shot in the arm, knocked the gun aside, ran and hid in the forest for several hours, and eventually went to a nearby house to ask for help.

After Davis talked to authorities, his near murder was connected to the other three murders that had previously been left unsolved.

It was discovered that Beasley had teamed up with the then 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty, but Rafferty was too young for the death penalty. Instead, Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole, according to the Huffington Post.

The courtroom was full of tears as Davis and relatives of the slain victims spoke.

Davis spoke about how he was grateful to be alive, saying “Thank you again, God, for saving me from that beast” (Huffinton Post). He also tearfully told the relatives of slain victims, “They didn’t deserve what this animal did to them.”

Debra Bruce, Pauley’s twin sister, struggled to speak as she choked back tears and told Beasley, “You took my best friend, confidant and my twin” (Huffington Post).

Bruce was revolted by references to Beasley as a preacher and said, “No true man of God would take lives,” she said. (WHAT IS THIS? THERE IS NO CONTEXT)

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine spoke about the possibility that there were more victims of Beasley’s that are currently undiscovered, reported the Huffinton Post. “It would not surprise me at all if there are other homicides,” DeWine said, “But whether we will ever find them or prove them, [I] can’t say that.”

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