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Portrait of a calculating psychopath

Richard Beasley mugshot.

Richard Beasley mugshot.

Perhaps you remember  this story from news coverage a couple of years ago: A man posted ads on Craigslist, seeking an employee to take care of his 688-acre farm in the Ohio countryside. When men answered the ads, the perpetrator took them to a remote area, supposedly to see the farm, and shot them.

The Atlantic has published an in-depth story about the perpetrator, Richard Beasley, his young accomplice, Brogan Rafferty, and the victims. It’s an up-close look at a cold, calculating psychopath in action.

Murder by Craigslist, on TheAtlantic.com.

At the end of the story, the author, Hanna Rosin, comments on the new kinds of bonds she observed people forming when traditional bonds — like marriage — had broken down. I thought this was an interesting insight. But she said the killer had created a similar relationship with his accomplice, who was young enough to be his son. This was totally inaccurate.

Richard Beasley did not create a relationship with Brogan Rafferty to fill an emotional void. Beasley most likely groomed Rafferty to be of some use to him in the future. That grooming resulted in Rafferty being charged with murder.

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  1. blossom4th says:

    Donna,
    I do remember this story.Beyond the fact that he murdered these men so coldly….did he actually have any motive?!

    I find it disturbing to read about the young men who killed the ball player in Okla for “thrills”;and that such killings are feared to increase.And then you read of the young man in Atlanta that makes sure the newstation is called before he starts shooting!



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  2. Blossom4th – yes, he had a motive. He was stealing their possessions. The article describes the process he used to select his targets. It’s very chilling.



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