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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 officer.com

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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 BND.com

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Man shot dead outside of his home

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Georgia, murder |

Bainbridge, GA- Two suspects have been charged with the April 8th murder of James Curtis Christian Jr.

Decatur County Sheriff’s Investigators charged Marquez Taylor, 16, of 128 Black Jack Road, and Willie Earl McGriff, 25, of 115 Rosa Lee Lane in Attapulgus, with the murder of 29-year-old Christian.

Christian was found shot outside of his home at 137 Bruce Road shortly after 3 a.m. on April 8. His girlfriend said he walked into their bedroom and said, “Somebody shot me,” according to investigators.

Christian was found outside of the home where he collapsed, apparently trying to get to his mother’s home, 20 to 30 yards away.

“People in the community pointed us in the right direction, leading us to the suspects and other parties involved that had information,” said Nix.

He said one of the witnesses said they saw Taylor with a gun and ski mask—similar to one found at the scene. Three other witnesses said McGriff had spoken about the shooting in their presence. More on The Post-searchlight

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Tacoma man charged in downtown robbery shooting

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: murder, Washington |

TACOMA, Washington — Pierce County prosecutors allege that a man spent several hours robbing people of drugs and money in downtown Tacoma before he shot a woman in the head after she wouldn’t turn over $50.

Ben Aaron Strickland, 32, was charged Monday with one count of first-degree murder in the April 7 death of 51-year-old Carmen Jackson. A plea of not guilty was entered for Strickland at his arraignment, and Pierce County Superior Court Judge Linda Lee set bail at $1 million.

Court documents allege Strickland spent several hours in the downtown neighborhood robbing people of small amounts of money and drugs. Prosecutors say Jackson was shot when she refused to turn over her money. Police found a $50 bill in her pocket.

Strickland was arrested Friday. Court records say he contends his gun went off accidentally. More on Seattle Times

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School on alert after man shot dead

Posted on April 2, 2009. Filed under: murder, Virginia |

Radford, Virginia –  A man was shot in the chest and killed in a residential area a couple of blocks from the school’s Radford, Virginia, campus at about 9:10 p.m., according to university spokesman Michael Hemphill. More on CNN

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University student Shot Dead a homeless man

Posted on February 7, 2009. Filed under: murder, Texas |

HOUSTON, Texas — Authorities say a University of Houston student fatally shot a homeless man on the school campus because he believes homeless people are a blight on society.

Jeremy Lee Pierce remains in jail after being charged with murder in the shooting death of Joe Tall.

Police say Pierce has admitted killing the 47-year-old Tall at a campus bus stop Feb. 7.

Pierce, 32, made an initial court appearance Friday and is being held on a $75,000 bond. Court records did not list an attorney for Pierce.

Several students on campus described Pierce as an aggressive person who often talked or ranted to himself.

University police initially arrested Pierce for threatening two students at residential complex with a gun. More on Chron.com

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Teenager murdered in robbery

Posted on January 10, 2009. Filed under: murder, Pennsylvania |

PHILADELPHIA, PA – On January 20, 17-year-old Dwayne Canty was walking to a store to buy food for his mother, just moments after he had cashed a paycheck. Investigators said that’s when a killer ambushed him, shooting him multiple times and stealing the money.

It happened on the southwest corner of Newkirk Street and Susquehanna Avenue in the city’s Strawberry Mansion section.

The teen’s neighbor, 19-year-old Isaiah Lassiter, of the 2100 block of N. Newkirk Street, was arrested and charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery and violations of the Uniform Firearms Act. More on myFoxPhilly.com

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