Massachusetts

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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Triple shooting in Dorchester, MA claims 3 victims

Posted on March 29, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, Massachusetts |

The gunman who opened fire on a car on a Dorchester street early Sunday, killing three of four passengers inside, may have been smarting after getting spurned by one of his victims who had just left a late-night party, a police source said.

The victims, identified by police yesterday as Shacora Gaines and Chantal Palmer, both 20 and from Brockton, and Anthony Peoples, 19, of Boston, had been at a gathering at 41 Mount Ida Road for a fund-raising event for a Trinidadian group long active in Boston’s annual Caribbean day parade, the source said.

“They are major contributors to the Caribbean festival,” said a neighbor, who requested anonymity. ‘’Over the year they do several fundraisers here. They have a DJ and play Soca music and sell West Indian cuisine. People come, they eat and they socialize.”

The neighbor said the parties are usually loud but peaceful. Saturday night’s gathering had an added purpose because the family who lives in the red triple-decker and hosted the party was celebrating the birth of a grandchild.

But at 4:07 a.m. Sunday a volley of gunshots rang out, smashing the windows of a white Nissan Sentra in the middle of the street near the home, and killing the two women who sat in the front seats and their male friend in the backseat. A young woman who sat in the rear survived the shooting.

Police hauled away more than two dozen partygoers in a bus for questioning and continued interviewing witnesses yesterday. Boston Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll declined to provide a motive for the shooting, other than to say that there appeared to be an altercation prior to the shooting. But a police source said investigators believe the shooting stemmed from the assailant having an interest in one of the woman he killed, but was rejected by her. More on Boston Herald

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