Akron: Jury hears Craigslist killings audio tapes

8:19 PM, Oct 18, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Recorded interviews with accused Craigslist killer Brogan Rafferty were played for an Akron jury Thursday.

Rafferty, 17, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated murder, kidnapping, robbery, and theft in the executions of three men in southern Ohio in 2011.

Prosecutor's allege Rafferty and accused accomplice Richard Beasley lured the men to Noble County with the promise of a nonexistent caretaker's job, which was advertised on Craigslist, and then robbed and killed them.

"I was to go help Beasley murder this man and hide the body for him," Rafferty told a Noble County Sheriff's detective in one of several taped interviews, when asked how the crimes began.

He was speaking of the killing of Ralph Geiger, of Akron, who was slain in August, 2011.

"Mister Beasley pulled a pistol out and with both hands he pointed it at the back of Mister Geiger's head," Rafferty is heard on the tape, very matter-of-factly.

"I closed my eyes and heard a gunshot.  I opened them and Mister Geiger was sitting in the creek bed."

"Did he seem to be dead?"the detective is heard asking.

"Yes, he was dead," Rafferty replied.

There were similar conversations about the killing of David Pauley in October, 2011, and about the murder of Tim Kern of Massillon in November of last year.

"I heard a pop," Rafferty said, "and Mr. Kern is on his knees holding the side of his head.  Beasley asked him if he was alright, and then he shot him again."

"The gentleman was still breathing so Beasley got the gun again, and I turned around because I didn't want to look, and he shot him again," Rafferty went on, calmly. 

"Four shots?" an investigator asks.

"Fourth shot," Rafferty answered.

"In the head?" the detective asked. 

"Between the eyes," said Rafferty.

The prosecution was close to resting its case against the 17-year-old, who they say was a willing participant in these so-called Craigslist killings.

Rafferty's attorneys say he was lured and pressured into taking part by Beasley, who was a long time family friends.


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