Boston police have launched a manhunt for a killer who robbed and killed a woman in a posh hotel last Tuesday. Julissa Brisman, 26, had offered her massage services in an ad in Craigslist, the online classified service. It appears the man dubbed the ".com killer", solicited her services as a masseuse, invited her to the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, where he shot her at the torso several times and killed her. The woman was found dead fully clothed with her wrists bound by nylon rope and sexual assault seems to have been ruled out by the police.
A 29-year-old Las Vegas woman who had also advertised her massage services at Craigslist was robbed at the Westin Copley Hotel on the same night of Julissa Brisman's murder last Tuesday. Police speculate that her attacker could be the same man who killed Julissa Brisman. Surveillance videos of a "man of interest" have been released by the police - a clean-shaven white man, about six feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds wearing a black coat and blue jeans.
Meanwhile a lap dancer who was tied at the wrists and threatened at gun point at a hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island on Thursday by a man who responded to her Craigslist ad, has raised doubts that it could be the same man involved in the Boston hotel killing. The man supposedly ran away when the dancer's husband returned to the room and chased him away. But police are wondering what the husband was doing at a hotel where the wife was probably offering sexual services to a client who had responded to her ad in Craigslist.
It may be recalled that in November 2007, 24-year-old Katherine Ann Olson was murdered when she responded to an online ad for a baby sitter in Craigslist. Craigslist
is a popular Internet bulletin board carrying free listings of classifieds and accessed by many people for various services.