Testimony begins in Craigslist murder trial

In the fall of 2007, Michael John Anderson posted 14 ads on craigslist.org. In all but two, he posed variously as a photographer, a producer and a mother named "Amy" looking for a baby sitter. Read more
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Snowball

Rochester, MN

#5 Mar 24, 2009
Forget justice. Nobody worries about whether a rabid dog is guilty or not. It needs to be put away for the protection of the public. Same holds for this guy. Certainly seems he's not firing on all cylinders. That is not my concern. He needs to be removed from society permanently.

Confidential to Goof Ball: drop dead.
Krazi

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Mar 24, 2009
"He held the gun when it shot the victim"

"IT" is an inanimate object that can't move, can't load itself and can't fire itself. If no one touches "it" what does "it" do? Nothing.

A better description would be HE grabbed the gun, He loaded the gun, he aimed the gun, He squeezed trigger. HE fired the weapon into another person.

Do we hold a knife when "It" stabs someone too?
johns6797

Houston, TX

#7 Mar 24, 2009
Anderson's attorney should change his assessment of his client from "a dumb kid" to "a psychotic killer with no social skills who should be locked up forever with no chance of ever getting out again".
Briguymn

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Mar 24, 2009
He did it because he "wanted to know what it felt like to kill"
That's fine, then he should be willing to find out what it's like to be on the receiving end of it as well.
Mark my words, he'll get out sooner or later.
He will kill again.
More millions of tax payer dollars flushed down the toiled when our legal system should have enough common sense to excute him now.
slylab

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Mar 24, 2009
johns6797 wrote:
Anderson's attorney should change his assessment of his client from "a dumb kid" to "a psychotic killer with no social skills who should be locked up forever with no chance of ever getting out again".
Can we send him down your way (TX) so he can fry? One good thing about W, he wasn't afraid of capital punishment in his home state!
Gummy Bears

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Mar 24, 2009
He shouldn't even be given a trial, just send him to prison!
rainy

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Mar 24, 2009
I don't understand how anyone can defend this lump of crap. I hope the Bubba in the cell next to him will take real good care of him.....
Mrs R

United States

#12 Mar 24, 2009
I see 3 issues here that need to be resolved:

Video Games - We need to highly regulate video games. Young boys become desensitized and can't tell where the game ends and reality begins. I blame Atari and video game makers in large part for the youth crime problems in this country.

The NRA - The gun nuts and their "right" to have guns.

Greater Regulation of the internet is needed. Right now there is too much "free speech" and anyone can say anything. We need craigslist to be shut down as well as far right wing sites that promote violence like the NRA site and other Neo-Nazi type organizations.

“it takes a lot to laugh...”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#14 Mar 24, 2009
Mrs R wrote:
I see 3 issues here that need to be resolved:
Video Games - We need to highly regulate video games. Young boys become desensitized and can't tell where the game ends and reality begins. I blame Atari and video game makers in large part for the youth crime problems in this country.
The NRA - The gun nuts and their "right" to have guns.
Greater Regulation of the internet is needed. Right now there is too much "free speech" and anyone can say anything. We need craigslist to be shut down as well as far right wing sites that promote violence like the NRA site and other Neo-Nazi type organizations.
The Queen of the Trolls has entered the room. If you limit free speech, you become like the republicans you rant and rave about. So just take your meds and watch your daytime soaps. Please show us the neo nazi websites you surf. Are they part of your fantasies?
slylab

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Mar 24, 2009
Mrs R wrote:
I see 3 issues here that need to be resolved:
Video Games - We need to highly regulate video games. Young boys become desensitized and can't tell where the game ends and reality begins. I blame Atari and video game makers in large part for the youth crime problems in this country.
The NRA - The gun nuts and their "right" to have guns.
Greater Regulation of the internet is needed. Right now there is too much "free speech" and anyone can say anything. We need craigslist to be shut down as well as far right wing sites that promote violence like the NRA site and other Neo-Nazi type organizations.
If this kid never played a video game, or owned a gun, or had access to the internet he would have still manifested into a sociopath. Some people are just evil.
Briguymn

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Mar 24, 2009
slylab wrote:
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Can we send him down your way (TX) so he can fry? One good thing about W, he wasn't afraid of capital punishment in his home state!
Your points are valid but the problem is with the death penalty itself.
Whenever is convicted and sentenced to death they get an automatic ten years to appeal.
THAT needs to change first.
If you're sentenced to death, you should be executed within 24 hours.
And I'm tired of people saying how inhumane it is.
I'm all for drawing and quartering these people.
ebanezar scrooge

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Mar 24, 2009
AlphieNumerica wrote:
How can anyone be a defense lawyer when you have to defend scum like this little puke?? I really really really want this gut put away for the rest of his life, it's what is just.
It's called the justice system. Be thankful that defense attorney's exist. If you ever find yourself in a pickle you'll be glad they are there.

“SAY WHAT ???????????????”

Since: Mar 09

BULLRUSH

#18 Mar 24, 2009
Your a ledgen pal in your own mind.Here's a real wack job.Block A..cell door 101,close secure,have a nice life as these will be the next sounds you will here for a long time,and by the way they love famous people where you're going,and there's even more famous people where you're going idiot.
Mrs R

United States

#20 Mar 24, 2009
"If this kid never played a video game, or owned a gun, or had access to the internet he would have still manifested into a sociopath. Some people are just evil."

Slylab, please let me be the first to welcome you to the 21st Century! Wow, I can't believe people like you still exist! Where do you come up with this stuff? People aren't evil. That is a leftover belief from about 1873. Some people are just not given proper access to education and the training they need to develop into productive citizens. You sound like some religious freak who actually believes that people are evil. You're welcome to those outdated, Neanderthal beliefs, but please leave the conversation on these boards to the educated adults who live in this century. The answer that people are "evil" and need "punishment" instead of rehabilitation through education is laughed at.

“it takes a lot to laugh...”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#21 Mar 24, 2009
The defense attorney has an obligation to defend his client. That is what he/she is hired for. When you have all this evidence stacked up against your client, you will grab at any straw for a defense. No disorder caused this person to kill, no video game, no NRA website, no internet as the Queen of trolls claims. This is just a purely evil person.
slylab

Saint Paul, MN

#22 Mar 24, 2009
Briguymn wrote:
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Your points are valid but the problem is with the death penalty itself.
Whenever is convicted and sentenced to death they get an automatic ten years to appeal.
THAT needs to change first.
If you're sentenced to death, you should be executed within 24 hours.
And I'm tired of people saying how inhumane it is.
I'm all for drawing and quartering these people.
I completly agree with you!
slylab

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Mar 24, 2009
Mrs R wrote:
"If this kid never played a video game, or owned a gun, or had access to the internet he would have still manifested into a sociopath. Some people are just evil."
Slylab, please let me be the first to welcome you to the 21st Century! Wow, I can't believe people like you still exist! Where do you come up with this stuff? People aren't evil. That is a leftover belief from about 1873. Some people are just not given proper access to education and the training they need to develop into productive citizens. You sound like some religious freak who actually believes that people are evil. You're welcome to those outdated, Neanderthal beliefs, but please leave the conversation on these boards to the educated adults who live in this century. The answer that people are "evil" and need "punishment" instead of rehabilitation through education is laughed at.
Wow, after that lashing I've decided to change my mind. I now believe that murderers, rapists, and pedophiles can be changed with a good talkin' to. Thanks Mrs R, you've shown me the light!
predictable

Saint Paul, MN

#25 Mar 24, 2009
Mrs R wrote:
I see 3 issues here that need to be resolved:
Video Games - We need to highly regulate video games. Young boys become desensitized and can't tell where the game ends and reality begins. I blame Atari and video game makers in large part for the youth crime problems in this country.
The NRA - The gun nuts and their "right" to have guns.
Greater Regulation of the internet is needed. Right now there is too much "free speech" and anyone can say anything. We need craigslist to be shut down as well as far right wing sites that promote violence like the NRA site and other Neo-Nazi type organizations.
In your absurd diatribe you are ignoring an inconvenient truth -

Hundreds of thousands of Americans (a) play video games,(b) have access to legal firearms, and (c) use the internet *without* becoming psychotic killers.

Why do you want to punish the vast majority of law-abiding citizens who use and enjoy these technologies as a part of their law-abiding, non-murdering daily lives? Should everyone be punished for the actions of an insane few? No, they should not, and you know it.
but of course

United States

#26 Mar 24, 2009
Mrs R wrote:
"If this kid never played a video game, or owned a gun, or had access to the internet he would have still manifested into a sociopath. Some people are just evil."
Slylab, please let me be the first to welcome you to the 21st Century! Wow, I can't believe people like you still exist! Where do you come up with this stuff? People aren't evil. That is a leftover belief from about 1873. Some people are just not given proper access to education and the training they need to develop into productive citizens. You sound like some religious freak who actually believes that people are evil. You're welcome to those outdated, Neanderthal beliefs, but please leave the conversation on these boards to the educated adults who live in this century. The answer that people are "evil" and need "punishment" instead of rehabilitation through education is laughed at.
Mrs. R. Normally I try to avoid responding to people directly on these posts, as I don't care to get into those types of debates that ultimately break down into something you would hear on the playground, but really? The Constitution grants the right to "bear arms", and while I am not an "NRA nut" or even a member of the NRA, I fully support LEGAL ownership of a firearm. In case you haven't figured it out yet, nine times out of ten we see one of these stories and it eventually comes out that the convicted one "borrowed" someone else's gun or something of that nature. Secondly, people aren't evil? Let me ask you a very basic question. Do you lock your doors at night? If you do, then you just invalidated yourself in that regard, because whatever the reason, it is because of an evil person or even the potential of an evil person. Finally, how do they not have "proper access to education"? Public school is free, and it is actually a requirement to go to school. But, just like you can lead a horse to water, you can't make him drink is the same as you can make a person go to school, but you can't make him or her learn. You accuse others of being neanderthals and living in other centuries, but at the same time, having read many of your posts on many different articles, I have to believe you live with your head in the clouds. The overriding fact of this whole case is that this guy used many various means to track down someone, and he killed her because "he wanted to know what it felt like". I'm sorry, but that is a picture of evil, NOT uneducated.

“WHAT WERE YA THINKIN ?”

Since: Mar 09

CUCKOO'S NEST

#27 Mar 24, 2009
slylab wrote:
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Wow, after that lashing I've decided to change my mind. I now believe that murderers, rapists, and pedophiles can be changed with a good talkin' to. Thanks Mrs R, you've shown me the light!
thats funny,but who's doing the talkin to them Mrs.R,she might bore them to death thats about all

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