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Craigslist founder helps memorialize murder victim

Craigslist founder helps memorialize murder victim

The founder of the popular online advertising site Craigslist on Sunday joined the effort to honor a 24-year-old Minnesota woman who died in 2007 after responding to a phony ad for a baby sitter.
Craig Newmark made a personal contribution to the Katherine Ann Olson fund on Sunday at a concert organized to raise money for a scholarship in her name.
"Despite the billions of times well-meaning people have helped each other through Craigslist, it's been devastating to see that it can also be used by bad people to take cruel advantage of others," Newmark said as he stood with Olson's family on stage at a church in a Minneapolis suburb.
Newmark reminded the crowd of more than 1,200 people to take precautions when using the Internet, and he praised the family's efforts to help their daughter and sister's legacy live on.
"I'm saddened that we met in these circumstances, but I am truly inspired by the Olson family," Newmark said.
Newmark wasn't available for interviews, and a spokeswoman said he wanted to keep the amount of his donation private. Olson's father Rolf described the donation as "substantial," though he declined to specify the amount.
Craigslist made headlines in October 2007 when Olson was found dead after responding to the ad. The Web site received negative attention again last month, when a Boston University medical student was arrested and charged in the death of a 25-year-old masseuse he had allegedly contacted through Craigslist.
Both deaths are reminders that "truly evil intentions do exist," Newmark said.
Authorities in Boston continue to investigate that case, while medical student Philip Markoff has pleaded not guilty to the death of Julissa Brisman at a hotel. Through his lawyer, Markoff has said he's innocent.
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Updated : 2021-03-05 03:57 GMT+08:00