Woman found murdered after answering Craigslist ad!

October of 2007 in Minnesota, a young woman by the name of Katherine Ann Olson, age 24 was found dead and stuffed into the trunk of her car after answering an ad on Craigslist.

She was last seen the day before she was found, heading off to meet a couple she believed had just relocated to the area and in need of a babysitter. The couple had placed an ad on Craigslist advertising that they were seeking a nanny.

Shortly after the body was found the police arrested a 19 year old man they believe placed the phony nanny ad on Craigslist. The police declined to identify the suspect except to say that he worked at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport where he was arrested shortly after Katherine’s body was found.

The police also found Olson’s purse in a garbage bin along with a blood soaked towel.

Like many other online shopping sites, Craigslist has a large share of illegal activity. Prostitutes have advertised their services there for a long time, and many other types of frauds are perpetuated through what seem at first glance like legitimate ads.

This was the first time Craigslist had ever been used for Murder, or at least the first time that the police became aware of.

This goes to show that you should never invite anyone who places an ad on Craigslist to meet with you privately or come to your home. There are so many dangerous people advertising on Craigslist that if you must deal with someone from an ad posted on Craigslist the police advice that you meet with them in a very public and a well lit place. Never meet someone from a Craigslist ad alone, always have someone accompany you. Many people have been getting mugged or assaulted when they meet someone from postings on Craigslist. Another thing to keep in mind is never to carry large amounts of cash, you will be an easy target this way. If someone places an ad on Craigslist and wants to be paid in cash and will meet you somewhere to complete the deal, that is a recipe for disaster. They will assault you, maybe rape you if you are a woman, and run off with the money. It has happened, read our other pages for more details.

There are so many crimes on Craigslist that many people are now appropriately calling it Crimeslist. Even though the Craigslist management perpetuates this idea of a community, it’s a load of B.S. Be very leery of this community. Treat everyone from this community at arms length. There are so many scams on Craigslist that it will take several pages for us to detail them all. What type of community does this to it’s members? Don’t be fooled into a false sense of security and wind up like Katherine Ann Olson. Who? The girl that was killed! You forgot already?!

4 Responses to Murder!

  1. I too have had many good experiences and met many good and decent people. You just need to be cautious. Thanks for this site!

  2. Just a friendly reminder, men can be raped too. Sexual assault is not limited to solely females.

  3. skyesworld says:

    While I agree with the basic theme about what is being said in this article ( Being Safe)
    With that said I do not agree to what you have said below ⇣⇣⇣

    “If someone places an ad on Craigslist and wants to be paid in cash and will meet you somewhere to complete the deal, that is a recipe for disaster.”

    Case in point

    I have completed more than 600 plus CASH transactions
    thru CraigsList

    In all my listings I state “CASH ONLY” As small a $20 sale up to a $3,750 sale

    My largest sales have been long distance 2,000 miles away

    It would be no exaggeration of the truth that 99% of the people I have met have been great . .very nice

    C.L. has been a nice way for people to do business “face to face” once again

    Just because some asks for “cash” is far from being suspect within it self

    It is a shame that the CraigsList staff attitude and the policies of CraigsList totally suck. That they are very “self” serving That they really do not care much ,if at all about the every day user.

    As for Katherine Ann Olson my deepest sorrows to her and her family

    As far as the murder . . .it has nothing to do with CraigsList . . .it was just the platform the killer choose to work thru

    He could have just as easily used the local newspaper, before the internet that was the norm

    Stay Safe – Sky

    • Thank you for the comment, and I agree with you as well. It is not that Craigslist is inherently evil and causes these problems directly. It is just that their lack of concern or desire to put in more stringent safety controls allows predators to roam freely and take advantage of people that believe the system is safe in some way. The message is definitely to be leary and use as many safety features as you yourself can work into any transaction. NEVER rely on someone else to make the situation safe for you. If anyone does have concerns about a transaction they should post it here or in any other proper forum to be discussed in advance and get other peoples opinions before jumping in blindly. I am always striving to be an advocate for the uninformed, nothing more.

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