He found her listing as a masseuse in the Craigslist Erotic Services section last April 13, a Monday.
“He had her in captivity 15 minutes at least.”Two days after Brisman’s murder, in Warwick, Rhode Island, about 40 miles from Boston, Cynthia Melton, a stripper who advertised lap dances on Craigslist and danced occasionally at the Cadillac Lounge, in Providence, made an appointment to see a man she had met through the Erotic Services section at the Warwick Holiday Inn Express. He tried to silence her with a ball gag, a device routinely used in sadomasochistic sex, which is stuffed in the mouth and secured with ties at the back of the head, but she kept shaking her head no until he finally gave up.
Melton told authorities that the tall, blond young man had been extremely nervous, and that he was trembling as he rummaged through the room looking for her cash and credit cards, telling her, “Don’t worry, I’m not going to kill you.
One of his texts that night was traced to the area of a nearby Walmart, where at 10 o’clock he had bought the baseball cap he wore during the attempted robbery. Few Americans, even those from the younger, Internet generation, seem to understand how easily their clicks and text messages can be detected, and how little privacy any of us have anymore.
Every search, every posting, every text message or Twitter, leaves a cyber footprint.
Conley goes further: “People feel online communication is pretty discreet.
That’s entirely false.” (Hotel security services routinely monitor Craigslist to see how much of the erotic trade they are attracting.)The police searched the hotel’s surveillance tapes to see who appeared on-camera just after the killing.
She reported that on April 10 she had met with a tall, blond male in his 20s who had answered an ad of hers on Craigslist.
She greeted him outside her room, she said, and shortly after they entered he pointed a gun at her, ordered her to lie down on the floor on her stomach, and bound her with the same type of plastic ties found on Brisman.
Just give me the money.”At that point her husband happened to knock on the door.