Archive for April 14th, 2009

Boston Police Search for Craigslist Killer

Posted on April 14, 2009. Filed under: Massachusetts, murder |

BOSTON, Mass. – Cops unleashed a manhunt yesterday for the Craigslist killer, a gun-toting savage apparently targeting escorts and masseuses who advertise online and work out of pricey downtown Boston hotel rooms.

Police believe the cold–blooded killer who shot to death 26-year-old Julissa Brisman, a New York masseuse, at Marriott Copley Place on Tuesday night is the same clean–cut Caucasian man who bound and robbed at gunpoint a 29-year-old hooker from Las Vegas in her room at the Westin Copley Place on Friday.

Police identified Brisman today but gave no further details. Police said they are working with Craigslist to help track down the killer.

Brisman put up a fight when the killer attempted to tie up her wrists and rob her, police said. The woman, who had advertised on Craigslist, struggled with him in the hotel room doorway before being shot multiple times, said police Commissioner Edward Davis.

Inside the hotel room, cops found a massage table. Cops initially termed Brisman as a prostitute, but later referred to her as a masseuse.

Appealing to the public in a major push to catch the sicko, cops released surveillance photos yesterday showing the suspect, wearing a black jacket and dark slacks and typing on a BlackBerry as he ascended and got off the escalator at the Marriott.

The suspect also appeared to be similarly engrossed in his phone in last week’s photos from the robbery at the Westin, and at times wore a Red Sox [team stats] hat. The victim of that assault had advertised on Craigslist. More on

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Man Fatally Shot At Bar Tuesday Night

Posted on April 14, 2009. Filed under: California, dispute - strangers |

Gilroy, California – Gilroy police found a 46-year-old man shot to death at the Aloha Club around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, a police sergeant said.

An employee at the bar at 7287 Monterey Road called 911 and reported the shooting at 8:36 p.m.

The man was dead when police arrived three minutes later, and the suspect had fled the area, Sgt. Jim Jillio said.

The victim has been identified, but his name is not being released pending notification of his family.

Jillio said he expects a description of the suspect and possibly a sketch will be released. More on CBS5

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Man Shot Dead of Security Guard

Posted on April 14, 2009. Filed under: Missouri, murder |

ST. LOUIS, MO – A 24-year-old man was charged with murder Thursday in connection with the shooting death of a Schnucks security guard Tuesday.

Rodney L. Wesley was charged with the killing. Police said he grabbed Wayne Groom’s gun and shot him in the back of his head and in his right leg.

Wesley is from either Washington Park or St. Louis, according to police.

Wesley had been nabbed for allegedly shoplifting from the store, and Groom had taken him to the back of the store where they got into a scuffle. The suspect then took the victim’s gun, shot him and fled on foot.

Probationary East St. Louis Patrolman Kristopher Weston chased and caught the suspect, who was taken to the East St. Louis City Jail.

East St. Louis Police Detective Marion Riddle said Wesley was to be taken to the county jail later Thursday. His bail was set at $2 million.

Groom, 43, had worked for Hamilton Security & Investigations in O’Fallon for five years. More on

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