(AKRON, Ohio) -- The mother of the teenage boy arrested in connection with what has been dubbed the "Craiglist killings" in Ohio claims that her son was manipulated by the 52-year-old pastor with whom he was arrested on suspicion of multiple murders.
Brogan Rafferty, a 16-year-old high school junior from a suburb outside of Akron, Ohio, was arrested on alleged attempted murder charges for his involvement in a plot to lure multiple men to remote rural areas via a help wanted ad posted on the online classified ad site Craigslist, and killing them.
His mother, Yvette Rafferty, told ABC's Good Morning America on Monday that her son "made a bad decision hanging around the wrong person" when he began spending time with Rich Beasley, who is also a suspect in the murders.
"Brogan looked up to Chaplain Rich Beasley," she said. "For 10 years now he's been taking the church and Bible studies...I know one thing, my son told me that he didn't do it. And I believe it. There is a monster here. But it's not my son."
"I believe he put his trust in someone in...he's a very smart kid but sometimes when you're not seeing the whole picture, you just believe...that that person is gonna lead you in the right way," the boy's mother told ABC News.
Beasley, who worked as an unpaid chaplain, was arrested on Nov. 16 along with Brogan Rafferty when authorities discovered at least three bodies buried in shallow graves in Ohio. An online posting advertising a job working on an Ohio cattle farm is being eyed as a common link in the deaths.
The victims that responded to the online ad were told to bring all of their belongings, as they would also be living on the farm, which does not exist. Police said they believe robbery was the motive in the three murders and one attempted murder.
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