Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

June 24, 2009

"You Light Up My Life": Shouldn't Craigslist Post a List…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 8:45 am

…of the crimes and scams their advertisers are alleged to have committed? Just the major felonies, say. Like this one involving multiple sexual assault charges against the composer of “You Light Up My Life”. He’s accused of using Craigslist ads to lure young women from the West Coast to New York so that he could help make them “stars”–and then attacking them.

You would think that no one is delusive enough to travel across the country on the basis of a Craigslist come-on, but obviously too many already are. Doesn’t Craigslist have a responsiblity to warn to at least listthe kinds of come ons use by those facing felony charges arising from their website’s use? Because obviously some of these people are putting trust in the benevolence of the Craigslist “community” aren’t they?

Just asking.



  1. The actions of this 71 year old man is not Craigslist’s problem. I am on board when you complain about anonymous postings when apparently even the website does not possess pertinent information on these individuals. But this alleged rapist used his real name. The women were a bit too trusting. And now he will probably spend the rest of his life in prison—which will send a strong message to other rapists.

    Comment by David Thomson — June 24, 2009 @ 9:51 am | Reply

  2. Ron Rosenbaum reminds me of a cranky old buggy whip maker, waving his walking stick at those newfangled automobiles as they cruise past his house.

    Comment by Evil Pundit — June 24, 2009 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  3. “Evil pundit”, still too timid to use his real name. What are you frightened of, oh evil, scary one? That people know you defend the enablers of rapists as “the future”? You must be oh-so-with-it.(I sense a 13 year old wanker).. You’re lucky I’m too busy to delete anonymous posts as I’d said I would, but don’t count on it in the future. Come on, little fearful one, tell us your name or forever wear the badge of shame for your cowardice. .

    Comment by Ron Rosenbaum — June 24, 2009 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  4. At last, Ron Rosenbaum responds to a comment! This is a red-letter day in blogging history.

    You’re too busy to delete a comment, but not too busy to write a hundred-word reply? Seriously, though, this is a great improvement. We might even get some debate and discussion going on this blog if you follow this precedent.

    The issue of anonymity was thoroughly discussed in the comments threads to your earlier posts on that subject, and I see no point in rehashing that here.

    However, it’s a good sign to see you replying to comments. Such two-way interaction is one of the ways in which blogs are superior to the old paper media.

    Comment by Evil Pundit — June 25, 2009 @ 10:09 am | Reply

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