In December 2017, 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger was found shot dead on an Adams County dairy farm in Denver, Colorado. Her killer, 23-year-old Joseph Lopez, bizarrely claimed that Natalie had hired him to kill her — via Craigslist.
The Bollinger family was emotional during Lopez’s recent sentencing hearing, where they learned Natalie’s killer will receive 48 years in prison. Questions remain about his disturbing connection with Natalie and why she would arrange her own death with a stranger.
Despite his considerable sentence, some are frustrated that Lopez didn’t receive life in prison.
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) December 2, 2018
Forget capital punishment, you can’t even get life in prison for murder in Colorado nowadays.
— Y (@Y40306119) December 3, 2018
Ted Bollinger, Natalie's father spoke about his daughter's love for life and animals. He asked the judge to institute a no parole sentence for Lopez. Her grandmother is speaking now about her love for Natalie and the bright future she had. @DenverChannel
— Meghan Lopez (@Meghan_Lopez) December 3, 2018
People were outraged to hear about the senseless killing.
— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) December 3, 2018
'A deal with the devil': Man kills teen girl execution-style, said victim placed Craigslist ad for hitman to murder her | Colorado Crime News https://t.co/RDs9PikKEx
— EmoOtakuHuntikmas (@HuntikFan1017) December 5, 2018
Some are blaming Craiglist for allowing Natalie to “put out a hit” on herself.
How do people even know what to look for to even hire a hitman ? I’m almost certain they aren’t boldly saying what line of work they are in for people to know
— Jay McClain (@JayMcClain28) December 5, 2018
Most agree that Lopez was beyond twisted to follow through on Natalie’s request.
Terrible Colorado man who claims he responded to teen's Craigslist ad asking for someone to kill her pleads guilty to murder https://t.co/YPlj2uLQkN
— Robinette Kelley (@RobinetteKelley) December 4, 2018
— Mr T 2 (@GovtsTheProblem) December 4, 2018
Craigslist has a well-known reputation for sketchy deals, but this story defies belief.
Going to make a sketchy craigslist deal in a hour. If y’all don’t hear from me again I’m dead. It’s been real
— Ryan Armstrong (@rmarmstrong88) September 10, 2017
How desperate am I to find a roommate at this point you ask?
…messaging sketchy people on Craigslist
— Lauren Nguyen (@thelaurenwin) January 23, 2018
Wow. There are some really sketchy people on Craigslist. In other shocking news, water is wet. 😉
— webchick (@webchick) April 6, 2016
I need to sell my iPhone 7 but like to post it on Craigslist and dealing with people being sketchy sounds like no fun
— quinny quinn quinn (@lostintay) September 24, 2018
Meeting up with people from Craigslist is so sketchy/ awkward ????
— Juul???? (@juliannerose_xx) June 14, 2016
This guy I'm selling my xbox to off craigslist is being super sketchy and I feel like I'm gonna get jumped in about 15 minutes.
— Walker Shepp (@WalkerSheppard) March 3, 2016
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