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Craigslist Rapist Arrested

Posted on | June 9, 2014 | 24 Comments

Remember the “Craigslist Killer,” Philip Markoff, who was charged with killing a woman he met through a Craigslist ad and was suspected of having robbed two other women? More recently, a 19-year-old Pennsylvania woman, Miranda Barbour, has been called a “Craigslist killer” after police say she murdered a man.

Just in case Craigslist did not already have a scary enough reputation, however, we now have the Craigslist Rapist:

Upper Darby police have arrested a man on rape and human-trafficking charges, after he allegedly assaulted a woman who answered a job posting on Craigslist.
A 18-year-old woman says when she was hired by an Upper Darby man through a Craigslist ad, she was told it was for a home health aide but when she went to the man’s apartment to fill out paperwork, she found out that application was for an escort service.
She declined, and she tells police that’s when the man raped her.
Upper Darby Police arrested 42-year-old Kevin Cornish of Ferne Boulevard, on charges of rape, kidnapping, and human trafficking.
When they searched his apartment, Upper Darby police superintendent Michael Chitwood says they found about 50 other applications for the so-called escort service:
“Basically it’s a prostitution ring is what it is, just based on what’s contained in the application.”

Bottom line: Beware of people you meet online. I mean, for crying out loud, they might be a blogger or something.



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  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    This wasn’t a Haitian Craiglist ad was it?

  • Pablo

    Or they might be a pedo bomber.

  • CrustyB

    I do hope the women didn’t use any self-defense while they were being raped. That would be icky.

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  • Anchovy

    You have to remember the media makes its living selling advertising. No matter how puffy chested these classically trained professional journalists get, their primary function is to draw eyeballs to the page that has advertising. Craigslist wiped out their very profitable classified ad business. They did it better and they did it for free.

    The media will always hype any negative Craigslist story. You would too if they stole your slice of apple pie.

  • K-Bob

    It’s weird how the web has altered our perceptions of things that are basically the same thing as they ever were, only now they’re digitized.

    For example, barack’s Even Greater American Depression (as Smitty calls it) features virtual food lines that make the numbers of men lined up for jobs and food in those iconic photos from the 1930’s look like people queuing for admission to the theater. But since it’s all virtual, despite being the greatest expansion in “food stamps” (i.e, your basic ‘SNAP!” card) since they were first created, no iconic images exist.

    People on the dole no longer have to get off the couch to go get it. So no photos to run on page one.

    In a similar vein, stuff that happens through connections in “social media” seem to take on an even greater degree of newsworthiness. Online bullying, fraud, and crimes involving luring victims into nightmares like the incident in Upper Darby are all made easier by the use of electronic communication, but I’m not sure they happen in greater proportion than back when someone had to get a candygram at the front door or an envelope with an official-looking, gold-embossed seal on it delivered to their postal box.

    Are people more screwed up than ever before, or does the constant exposure of them (and us) on the internet make it seem that way?

  • Quartermaster

    The saying about the only thing constant in life is change, is not quite accurate. The one true constant in this world is human nature. It’s been the same since Adam ate the forbidden fruit and fell.

  • Steve Skubinna

    While many might be tempted to throw blame at Craigslist we should take a deep breath, step back, and calmly asses who is really at fault here:

    Yes, the NRA. Oh, and, uh, pickup artists.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Human Nature hasn’t changed, but it is now much easier to transgress. Society allows one an easy way to give into temptations.

  • K-Bob

    …waiting for his Valentine’s day present.

    Yeah. I think it is constant. The web just magnifies the grisly and lurid bits.

  • Moneyrunner

    I tend to nod and agree that human nature does not change. But then I read about the “hook up” culture. I can go to “The Frisky” where women tell us how proud they are of their non-marital exploits. And have one of Hollywood’s biggies ask if rape is “real rape.” I would like to give some credence to the thought that a depraved culture creates, or allows the creation, of depraved people. People without a moral pilot. Who really don’t consider another person anything but a piece of meat.

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