New England Killer Finds Victims on Craigslist

Police believe three hotel murders are related
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2009 11:03 AM CDT
This frame grab from a video surveillance camera at the Westin hotel shows a "person of interest" in attacks on two masseuses-for-hire at Boston luxury hotels.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Authorities believe a man suspected in attacks that left one woman dead and two others shaken in New England hotels found his victims through Craigslist, ABC News reports. Julissa Brisman, who advertised massage-therapy services on the site, was killed in a Boston Marriott on Tuesday; women offering similar services were attacked last week in Boston and last night in Warwick, RI.

Police say Brisman, a 26-year-old aspiring actress, might have been involved with an escort service, and that her murder could have been a robbery attempt gone bad. The two other women, who survived the encounters, were both robbed. The FBI and police are searching for the suspect, a clean-cut blond man likely in his 20s, relying on images captured on security cameras.