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Published:April 17th, 2009 14:41 EST
Craigslist Killer Strikes Again?

Craigslist Killer Strikes Again?

By Robert Paul Reyes


"Police in Warwick, Rhode Island, say an attempted robbery of a woman Thursday night at a hotel may be linked to the killing at an upscale Boston hotel of a woman who had advertised massage services on the popular web site, the Associated Press reports.

Warwick police say a 26-year-old woman who also advertised services on Craigslist was tied up by a cord and held at gunpoint. The suspect fled when the woman`s husband arrived.

The description of the suspect matches that of a `person of interest` wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Julissa Brisman at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston on Tuesday night."

Most of us have virtual friends that we`ve never met online, and the temptation to meet some of them in person may be very strong. But whenever you meet someone in person that you`ve known for a while on MySpace or Facebook you are taking a calculated risk.

If you advertise on Craigslist for massage services, the risk is exponentially greater. You are presenting yourself a sexual object, and you will attract sadists, rapists and other deviants.

I`m not blaming the victim, but any woman (or man) who puts an ad for massages online is asking for trouble. I`m not making a moral judgement, I think prostitution should be legalized. I`m making a commonsense judgement -- if you place yourself in a dangerous position you might end up dead.

"The attacker was described as 6-feet tall, clean cut, with blond hair, a black coat and jeans."

If your Internet blind date turns out to be a 6-feet tall, clean cut, blue-eyed man dressed in a business suit, you shouldn`t breathe a sigh of relief. The devil can present himself as an angel of light, and that clean cut young man may turn out to be a murderer.

Finally, a word of warning for the guys: That gorgeous babe advertising herself as an escort on Craigslist may be a criminal who will slip you a date-rate drug and steal your wallet while you are knocked out.

It`s OK to take a chance on buying a toaster advertised for sale on Craigslist, but stay away from the sex ads.