Craigslist Killer

Ann Burlingham ann at BURLINGHAMBOOKS.COM
Wed Apr 22 18:48:56 UTC 2009

On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 9:02 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
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> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: Craigslist Killer
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> At 7:42 PM -0500 4/21/09, Scot LaFaive wrote:
>>I heard this phrase used today to describe Philip Markoff, accused of
>>killing a woman in Boston, and I'd thought it was unique, like the Boston
>>Strangler or the Green River Killer. But it turns out it was used
>>for Michael Anderson, killer from Minnesota, as well. I guess I find it
>>somewhat strange that the media would overlap names like that since it takes
>>away from the marketability of the story.

> Yes, somehow "a Craigslist Killer" doesn't have the same ring.  More
> along the lines of "Jack A Ripper".

"Sorry, 'Craigslist Killer' is already in use. Please try another
serial killer name"

"CraigslistKiller2" is available"

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