This post is a not related to ghost stories, but I feel like it is very important.
A young Minnesota girl was killed after she met with a man in person whom she had come into contact with on a website called Craigslist. (*1) Katherine Ann Olson, age 24, replied to a help wanted ad for a job and was later found murdered. Police do have the suspect in custody, but that is little consolation for the girl and her family.
There have also been at least 30 people who have been murdered by someone who they met through MySpace. Most of these have been young girls.
It breaks my heart to hear news like this. I want to strongly advise anyone who reads this to be extremely careful with people you meet online. It is very difficult to know who they really are or what their true intentions might be.
If you ever decide that you want to meet up with someone in person make sure that it is in a public place and you are not alone. Remember, you may have “chatted” with the person for a long time and feel like you know them, but do not take any chances with your safety and your life.
(*2) Judy Cajuste, a 14 year old girl from New Jersey, was killed by a person whom she met on MySpace
She was killed on the date of her last login on MySpace 1-10-2006. She was strangled and left naked in a dumpster.
The police believe she may have met with foul play as the result of meeting an individual through her MySpace account.
(*3) Taylor Behl, a 17 year old girl from Virginia was found dead, after being strangled and raped then left in shallow grave. Taylor Behl was killed by a person she met on MySpace.
My sincerest and heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of these girls and all others who have been hurt or killed by predators they had met online.
I do not wish to cause any of them any more suffering by posting these pictures here. My only intent is to give my readers a sense of reality on the subject and hopefully my words will cause you to reconsider when you get the idea to meet someone in person.
There have also been many girls who have been sexually assaulted by men they met through MySpace and other social networking sites. Many of these girls will not come forward because of embarrassment or fear.
*3 Taylor Behl