It Had To Happen: Blame Craigslist Gang Comes Out

from the learn-to-differentiate... dept

You knew it was going to happen. Following the stories about the guy in Boston who was allegedly killing women he found via Craigslist (leading some to refer to him as "the Craigslist killer," eventually people were going to start incorrectly suggesting that Craigslist deserves some of the blame. Mark sends in the news that Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has stepped up to the challenge. While she starts off by noting how helpful Craigslist can be in tracking down criminals, she quickly changes tone and suggests the company may be a part of the problem:
"I can't say they haven't been helpful. On the other hand, they are the enablers. It's all well and good to say we'll help when we're called upon . . . but in light of what's happened in Boston and around the country, it may be time for a little closer look or oversight."
Of course, that makes no sense. Crimes of this nature have gone on for ages. In fact, the details sound quite similar to the famous Jack the Ripper story. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Jack didn't use Craigslist, did he? Nor did anyone think to blame the street corners where Jack the Ripper found the prostitutes he murdered. So why are we suddenly blaming the digital equivalent?

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    EVIL_BASTARD, 23 Apr 2009 @ 12:28pm

    Coakley

    You have to keep in mind Martha is AG in one of the biggest nanny states in the republic. She is doing nothing more than following SOP for Massachusetts by shifting blame to something that's easy to hit. This is typical behavior for a MA. AG. It worked for Harshbarger, it worked for Tom Reilly, and now it will work for Martha Coakley. It's the ability to appear to tackle a problem while accomplishing nothing of value, and most likely damaging someones or some businesses freedom in the process. IIRC we already have laws banning murdering call girls.

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