Rolf stood behind Newmark, gazing thoughtfully at the crowd.

"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 and bring a senseless end to a beautiful young life," Newmark continued. "The most recent crime in Boston has been a grim reminder of that."

It became clear he wasn't speaking just on behalf of Katherine, but also on behalf of reason and personal responsibility in the age of the Internet.

Craigslist creator Craig Newmark and CEO Jim Buckmaster are weathering a storm of criticism that their successful digital classified site is promoting illicit activity.
Gene X. Hwang
Craigslist creator Craig Newmark and CEO Jim Buckmaster are weathering a storm of criticism that their successful digital classified site is promoting illicit activity.
Katherine Olson searched the nanny listings on Craigslist.org, and responded to an ad for a babysitter. When she arrived at the home of what she supposed was a young family, she was greeted by her killer.
courtesy of the Olson Family
Katherine Olson searched the nanny listings on Craigslist.org, and responded to an ad for a babysitter. When she arrived at the home of what she supposed was a young family, she was greeted by her killer.

"I'm saddened that we met under these circumstances, but I am truly inspired by the Olson family and I extend my love and friendship to them," Newmark concluded. "And I applaud everyone's effort to let Katherine's light continue to shine."

Additional reporting by Sam Merten.

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