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Federal judge leaves CDC evictions moratorium in place. The four women were prostitutes in their 20s, advertising their services online, living on the margins of society and not likely to be immediately missed.
They appeared to share similar middle-class childhoods, but it is the way they lived their adult lives that has authorities chasing a serial killer. Suffolk County police have classified their deaths as homicides, but no suspects have been publicly identified and officials have refused to reveal how they were killed.
Prostitutes are in many ways the perfect victims for a serial killer - and have been throughout history. So have many other notable serial killers, including Jack the Ripper, who terrorized London in the s. In Atlantic City, detectives have yet to capture the person responsible for the deaths of four prostitutes found in shallow graves near the beach in And in Daytona Beach, Fla. One was a promising hairstylist.
Two others were described as loving mothers; one called home three times a day to speak to her 4-year-old daughter. Wilhelm, 41, of Kannapolis, N. Costello was the most recent victim to be seen alive; police say she was last seen in September living in North Babylon, several miles north of where her body was found.
Relatives knew that year-old Megan Waterman of Scarborough, Maine, was advertising her escort services online, but said she was an adult who made her own choices. Waterman, mother of the 4-year-old, was last seen at a Hauppauge, N. She had apparently traveled to New York on Memorial Day weekend with Akeem Cruz, a year-old Brooklyn man described as her boyfriend.
He is serving 20 months in a Maine prison for drug trafficking. Maureen Brainard-Barnes, also a mother, was the first of the four women to disappear.
She left Norwich, Conn. A Norwich Police Department missing-persons flier notes there are few details about her disappearance.
Melissa Barthelemy grew up in Buffalo, N. After moving to New York inshe turned to prostitution. Barthelemey family attorney Steven Cohen said she worked as an escort to supplement her income.
Police said all four advertised on Craigslist or other online services. According to the FBI, serial murder is relatively rare; estimates are they for less than 1 percent of all murders annually. Still, the four deaths have striking similarities to other recent cases, including two on Long Island.
Joel Rifkin, a former landscaper, admitted to committing 17 killings of women between and - the most killings attributed to a serial killer in New York history. Most victims were prostitutes. Rifkin, 52, is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Robert Shulman was convicted in March by a Suffolk County jury of first-degree murder in the deaths of three women. The following year he was convicted in Westchester County of murdering two other victims. Some of those killed were believed to be prostitutes.
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Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options. One by one, starting inall four women disappeared shortly after booking a client for sex using online advertising services like Craigslist. Their bodies were found last month strewn about yards apart along a deserted stretch of Long Island beach highway; the last victim seen as recently as September.
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