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Craigslist founder to speak at Minn. murder victim's memorial

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Craigslist founder Craig Newmark says he will speak at the memorial service for Katherine Ann Olson, the 24-year-old woman murdered in 2007 after answering a Craigslist ad for a babysitter.

"A Tribute to Katherine: Letting Her Light Shine" is scheduled for May 3 at Grace Church in Eden Prairie. The service will include musical and theatrical acts. Proceeds will go towards a St. Olaf scholarship in her honor.

The first "Craigslist killer", 20-year-old Michael Anderson, was found guilty three weeks ago of premeditated murder for her death. He was sentenced to life in prison.

An Olson family friend who is helping to organize the event said Newmark has been "really supportive of the Olson family," according to the Star Tribune.

For more information on the tribute and to buy tickets, visit the memorial's main site.

Gawker picked up the story and had some interesting points about the appearance of Newmark at the tribute. Does he really need to be there? And would a murderer who met his victim in City Pages get the same type of label?

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What on earth will Craigslist founder Craig Newmark say at a memorial service for Katherine Olson, the 24-year-old Minneapolis woman shot by a killer who found her using a Craigslist ad?

It all seems ridiculous. If Anderson had placed a classified ad in City Pages, would we be calling him the alt-weekly killer? Would its publisher be invited to speak at her funeral? Anderson's just a killer. And Newmark's just an amoral millionaire with an insanely lucrative website which he can't be bothered to police for psychopaths. Does tacking "Craigslist" on either man's label change anything?

Photo courtesy of Olson memorial site.