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Fifty-two-year-old Richard Beasley and his proteg?, 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty were charged with using Craigslist to lure men with false job postings. The men, all of which were single and without families, would respond to the ad that claimed they would also have room and board while working on a cattle farm that didn't exist. One victim, who was shot in the elbow, was able to run away to safety, but when police responded they found three other bodies at the scene in shallow graves.

Fifty-two-year-old Richard Beasley and his proteg?, 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty, were charged with using Craigslist to lure men with false job postings. The men, all of whom were single and without families, would respond to the ad that claimed they would also have room and board while working on a cattle farm that didn’t exist. One victim, who was shot in the elbow, was able to run away to safety, but when police responded they found three other bodies at the scene in shallow graves.

Murder by Craigslist

Most people go to Craigslist to find apartments, job openings, and cheap furniture, while others use the popular classified advertising website to do their dirty work. In recent years, Craigslist has become a hotbed for predators and scam artists looking to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. What?s worse is no Craigslist section is safe from criminals. Whether you?re browsing the personals, for sale, or jobs section, you never really know who?s on the other end and what kind of danger you might be in.

The preacher placed the ad:

Wanted: Caretaker For Farm. Simply watch over a 688 acre patch of hilly farmland and feed a few cows, you get 300 a week and a nice 2 bedroom trailer, someone older and single preferred but will consider all, relocation a must, you must have a clean record and be trustworthy?this is a permanent position, the farm is used mainly as a hunting preserve, is overrun with game, has a stocked 3 acre pond, but some beef cattle will be kept, nearest neighbour is a mile away, the place is secluded and beautiful, it will be a real get away for the right person, job of a lifetime?if you are ready to relocate please contact asap, position will not stay open.

More than a hundred men applied; four were hired. The preacher and his “nephew” offered each a ride down to the farm. The men never knew what was going on?what bizarre scheme they’d stumbled upon. What happened next was almost too terrible to believe.

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Whaleoil?s Idiot of the Week

Idiot of the Week

Idiot of the Week

Some people really are stupid.

A New Plymouth man has learned the hard way why it is best to never bad mouth a district court judge on social media.

Troy William Henry LaRue was forced to face up to a judge he called a c*** on Facebook when he was summoned on January 21 to the New Plymouth District Court for unpaid traffic fines, The Spinoff reported.

On January 12, the now former Taranaki Judge, Allan Roberts, announced his retirement and his decision was reported by the Taranaki Daily News.

In the comments section of the article, which was posted on social media, Mr LaRue made a highly inappropriate and uncomplimentary remark about the Judge.

When Mr LaRue turned up to court for his hearing nine days later, Judge Roberts was sitting at bench.

Just one week from his retirement, Judge Roberts decided to hold Mr LaRue to account for his comments.

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Brianna

Forever Young

Electra, Texas?1985

She was a pretty girl, thin, with a spray of pale freckles across her face and light brown hair that curled just above her shoulders. The librarian at the high school called her ?a quiet-type person,? the kind of student who yes-ma?amed and no-ma?amed her teachers. She played on the tennis team, practicing with an old wooden racket on a crack-lined court behind the school. In the afternoons she waitressed at the Whistle Stop, the local drive-in hamburger restaurant, jumping up on the running boards of the pickup trucks so she could hear better when the drivers placed their orders.

Her name was Treva Throneberry, and just about everybody in that two-stoplight North Texas oil town knew her by sight. She was never unhappy, people said. She never complained. She always greeted her customers with a shy smile, even when she had to walk out to their cars on winter days when the northers came whipping off the plains, swirling ribbons of dust down the street. During her breaks, she?d sit at a back table and read from her red Bible that zipped open and shut.

There were times, the townspeople would later say, when they did wonder about the girl. No one had actually seen her do anything that could be defined, really, as crazy. But people noticed that she would occasionally get a vacant look in her blue eyes. One day at school she drew a picture of a young girl standing under a leafless tree, her face blue, the sun black. One Sunday at the Pentecostal church she stumbled to the front altar, fell to her knees, and began telling Jesus that she didn?t deserve to live. And then there was that day when Treva?s young niece J?Lisha, who was staying at the Throneberry home, told people that Treva had shaken her awake the previous night and whispered that a man was outside their room with a gun?which turned out to be not true at all.

But surely, everyone in town said, all teenage girls go through phases. They get overly emotional every now and then. Treva was going to turn out just fine. She didn?t even drink or smoke cigarettes like some of the other girls in town.

Then, that December, just as the Electra High School Tigers were headed toward their first state football championship and the town was feeling a rare surge of pride, Treva, who was sixteen years old, stopped working at the Whistle Stop. She stopped coming to school. ?She disappeared,? a former classmate said. ?And nobody knew where she went.?

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Photo: ? National Portrait Gallery, London. Caroline Giacometti (n?e Prodgers) (1829-1890), Wife of Giovanni Battista Giacometti; daughter of Edwin Prodgers.

Photo: ? National Portrait Gallery, London.
Caroline Giacometti (n?e Prodgers) (1829-1890), Wife of Giovanni Battista Giacometti; daughter of Edwin Prodgers.

Her Name Struck Fear In The Hearts Of All Cabmen

The name Mrs. Giacometti Prodgers might not mean anything today, but in 19th-century London it was a terror to all cabmen. Cries of ?Mother Prodgers? made cab drivers run for the hills, because Mrs. Giacometti Prodgers was a Victorian aristocrat who really,?really?hated cabbies. Like many eccentric people, her oddities made her less likable.

In the late 1880s, London cab drivers were always on the lookout for Mrs. Giacometti Prodgers (as she always insisted on being referred to by her full and proper name). During a 20-year period, she took more than 50 cab drivers to court over fee technicalities, suing them when they tried to collect a full fare after she requested they stop just short of her destination. Unsurprisingly, this behaviour made Prodgers notorious in Victorian London.

She was so hated she was immortalized in song and in skit form, and burned in effigy on Bonfire Night. Things are annoying. We all have our little grievances and things that drive us mad, and we certainly wish we could do something about it. But few of us take it as far as Mrs. Giacometti Prodgers.

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A flawed legal system

Speaking English “a great offence”

Catching up with a story that fell of the end of the day a few days ago, Wendy Murdoch reports on this bizarre display of entitleitis.

A Waitangi Tribunal claimant is taking the tribunal to court for stopping her lawyer asking questions in te reo of English-speaking witnesses.

The lawyer for Te Rohe Potae claimant Liane Green said it was an irony that a judge in what was probably the only judicial forum in New Zealand where te reo was regularly spoken should have ruled that lawyer Alex Hope could not use te reo Maori to cross-examine English-speaking witnesses.

Lawyer Karen Feint told Justice Alan MacKenzie in the High Court in Wellington today that the ruling Judge David Ambler made at a hearing in Te Kuiti a year ago and backed up in a written judgment in February had undermined the mana of te reo and demeaned it as a language, giving it a lower status than English.

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Weegee

Weegee

Top Hats: ?In trouble, Charles Sodokoff, 28 and Arthur Webber, 32, ?both Broklynites, use their toppled toppers to hide their faces as they take a free ride to Felony Court. ?The boys were tippling at Astor Bar on a Saturday night when they slide down bannisters for fun … ?The Cop was called, and they assaulted him. ?The Funsters then went from a Mahogany bar to the Iron Type.

Published: New York Daily News, 27 January 1942

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Court Update

My appearances are getting shorter. Yesterday I was informed that the Crown was trying to add bail onto my charges. This was ultimately doomed to failure because you can’t add bail with custodial provisions onto a summary charge with no custodial sentence. This morning as I enetered court I found that they had had a re-think after a very strongly worde3d discussion with my lawyer.

I plead not guilty to all five charges and was remanded at large for another three weeks when we will have a status hearing.

Lastly I have been informed that another two charges will laid for The North Shore Teacher and the Nelson person of National Significance. Pffft, what happened to the contempt charges, well nothing, if they coulda they woulda is my opinion, but they can’t.

I shall continue on, I am sure another meddling Judge will help the cause at least three more times in the next three weeks.

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