Jury selection is underway for the trial of Brogan Rafferty, 17, who along with co-defendant Richard Beasley, 53, is accused of luring men to their deaths using Craigslist.
Rafferty and Beasley were arrested on November 16, 2011, in connection with three murders and one attempted murder. Authorities in Ohio believe the duo lured their victims using job postings on Craigslist seeking farm workers. Respondents were told to bring their belongings as they would be living on a fictitious 688-acre cattle farm. The bodies of Timothy Kern, 47, Ralph Geiger, 56 and David Pauley, 51, were found in shallow graves in the woods near Akron, dead from gunshot wounds. A fourth victim, Scott Davis, 48, escaped after being shot in the elbow. Police believe robbery was the motive for the killings and say Beasley and Rafferty targeted single men without family.
Beasley has an extensive criminal record and has served a total of 15 years in jail, on charges including drug trafficking. He worked as an unpaid chaplain, and, according to his 70-year-old mother, “has a very caring heart.” He acted as a sort of mentor to Rafferty who’d been having difficulties since his parents’ divorce. The two went fishing and volunteered together. Beasley, previously held in a juvenile facility is currently incarcerated at Summit County Jail along with Beasley. They are not allowed to have any contact while in jail. Rafferty’s bond is set at $1 million; Beasley, who is also being held on unrelated charges of prostitution and trafficking, is held without bond.