Bring Your Belongings
A Craigslist ad was posted in Ohio looking for farm workers to live on an almost 700 acre cattle ranch. Those interested were told to come to the land with their belongings since they would also live there. The ad was posted by then 52 year old Richard Beasley and 16 year old Brogan Rafferty. The two volunteered together and Beasley even worked as an unpaid chaplain. They became friends as Rafferty was having difficulty coping after his parents divorced. They went fishing together and developed a close relationship. Beasley’s 70 year old mother described her son as having, “a very caring heart.”
The problem with the ad was there was no cattle ranch. It was a scheme that Beasley and Rafferty cooked up to rob mostly single men without families. Near the woods by Akron, police found three bodies in shallow graves. Men who responded to the ad were executed via gunshot and dumped in a shallow grave after being relieved of their personal belongings they were told to bring with them to their new job. A fourth victim had escaped with a gunshot wound to the elbow.
Beasley had served a totla of 15 years behind bars for other charges including drug trafficking. He is in jail on unrelated charges as prosecutors are building their case. Rafferty is in juvenile detention, charged with attempted murder and complicity to attempt murder.