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article imagePolice believe killer stalks women through Craigslist

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 17, 2009 in Crime
Police in Rhode Island and Massachusetts think a robbery and a murder committed in two luxury Boston hotels, and a third robbery of a woman at a Holiday Inn Express, may have been committed by the same person through the internet site Craigslist.
Update: Police have made an arrest in this case. For more info, see's coverage here.
The three crimes were committed in little more than a week. Three of the victims advertised their masseuse services on Craigslist. After meeting with them in luxury hotels, a man robbed the victims. One of the victims was killed.
Former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt also believes the same person is involved. He said the man is luring his victims to a hotel-room for a massage where he then proceeds to rob them.
Clint Van Zandt told NBC Today’s Matt Lauer:
“We’ve got at least a spree offender...It tells us this is a guy who’s not new at this, that he has been involved in other robberies, perhaps other sex crimes, perhaps other murders.”
The first attack took place at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston. The man robbed a 29-year-old woman. She was tied with a plastic cord and he stole her debit card and $800 in cash. Police also found a similar plastic cord on the third victim in a Rhode Island attack.
The second attack, however, turned deadly; when 26-year-old Julissa Brisman of New York tried to flee the attacker, she was shot dead. She was found in the doorway of her room.
The police only have surveillance tapes of the man, who is seen wearing a leather jacket and appears to send text message through his phone.
Van Zandt believes the man has left his signature through emails and messages he may have sent through his mobile phone. Investigators might be tracking it to find the man.
The Boston Marathon is scheduled next week, so the police and hotel authorities are worried about these three incidents. They are planning to increase security in the area.
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