Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Listen Here, Little Dear...

I got the following email from my mom today:

My Dear Henny Penny,

Remember once when I told you that I thought it was risky having a person come to your home whom you did not know that was answering an ad from Craigs list? Well proved true on the news tonight right there in Boston Mass. is a killer who get into womens homes via craigs list. I am thankful that you were not the statistic. But "a word to the wise should be sufficent" (To Quote Sister Euphemia.)

Please do not allow any one into your home unless J is there and do not go to anyones home without J. Could just be a killer lying in wait.

I love you and want you to be safe
Love mommie

Okay, Okay! In case you're not keeping up on what is obviously National News, police arrested Philip Markoff, a Second-year medical student at BU, and charged him with Murder and Armed Robbery* after he allegedly responded to ads posted by women on Craigslist and brutally murdered one of them and harming another; lending him the moniker Craigslist Killer. There's also a case that police believe is connected to the Boston cases out of Warwick, RI.

While I completely understand that I need to be cautious when passing my goods off to others, I hope that the market for people selling pack-n-plays and breastpumps attracts a different crowd than does massage. I've not been accepting people at my home without J being home now for some time, and don't go into someone else's home. It may be a false sense of security, but my former career did lend a certain amount of street smarts and honed my ability to listen to my intuition, but I do recognize the need for caution.

It's really tragic for these women, and their families, that such a horrible crime had to be perpetrated in order to make people again remember that you need to be cautious about who you let in your space.

*Just so I don't get hatemail, I'm not saying that Markoff committed the crimes, just that he's been arrested for them.

1 comment:

Crafty Mama said...

I was kind of surprised I didn't get the same email from my mom. And I feel the same way that you do. Also, this isn't the first time that it's happened. The first time was a woman that responded to an ad on craigslist looking for a babysitter.