Speaking of Craigslist crimes, here's another one. America's Most Wanted describes a murder and attempted coverup, none of which involved fearsome digital media. But it was the end of a friendship and romance, which began online.
To hear Larene Austin tell it, she and Lanell Barsock were life-long friends, "besties" since grade school. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, however,... Austin and Lanell's friendship started on the personal ads section of craigsist rather than the school yards of Palmdale, Calif. [emphasis added]
This is very different from the stranger-danger online ad story. Here AMW places the Web as a kind of evil seed or force, bringing together two people for horror, ultimately.
The crime has a very American, very symbolic air to it:
They picked up pizzas and beauty supplies, then headed back to Lanell's home. After lunch, Austin styled Lanell's hair.
With Lanell seated and watching television, authorities say Austin pulled out a 9 mm handgun. She allegedly fired a bullet in to the back of Lanell's head at point-blank range, killing her instantly, then promptly began to cover her tracks.
The tv's role is silent, typically.
(thanks to Jason Vanderhill)