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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.


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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.

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