Hunt For Craigslist Killer Continues - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Software // Social
News
4/17/2009
06:36 PM
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Moving UEBA Beyond the Ground Floor
Sep 20, 2017
This webinar will provide the details you need about UEBA so you can make the decisions on how bes ...Read More>>

Hunt For Craigslist Killer Continues

Police across the United States have investigated and cracked down on countless crimes that resulted from in-person meetings among those who begin communicating through the site.


BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

Person of interest in surveillance photo released by Boston Police.
(click for larger image)

Another Craigslist user has died during an encounter arranged through the site, and police believe the perpetrator may still be using the site to search for more victims.

Boston police are investigating the slaying of Julissa Brisman, a 26-year-old from New York City, who had advertised massage services on Craigslist. Brisman's friends have told local and national media that the young woman earned money through a variety of means, including attending parties partially dressed and flirting with men. A massage table was found in the Boston hotel room where Brisman died Tuesday during what police believe was a robbery attempt. Police are investigating the possibility that she worked for an escort service.

"There appears to be a psychopath on the loose in the Boston area, and we will of course do everything in our power to assist law enforcement in apprehending the perpetrator as soon as possible," Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster said Friday. "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Julissa Brisman. We are horrified and deeply saddened that our community services have been associated in any way whatsoever with a crime of violence."

Many ads on Craigslist for romance and massages are covers for prostitution, but it's still unclear exactly what type of transaction the victim had arranged. Whether or not the victim and killer set up a meeting to exchange money for sex, the crime is one of a series in which Craigslist users have died after perpetrators lured victims through the site.

Police are trying to determine whether the killing is connected to a robbery of a woman offering private dances in Rhode Island last night and a robbery of a woman who met a man in a Boston hotel last week after advertising erotic services.

Police across the United States have investigated and cracked down on countless crimes that resulted from in-person meetings among those who begin communicating through the site. The crimes aren't all related to ads for sex.

Michael Anderson of Minnesota was sentenced earlier this month to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting death of Katherine Olson, a 24-year-old who answered a Craigslist ad for baby-sitting in October 2007.

Previous
1 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
IT Strategies to Conquer the Cloud
Chances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll