As a result, the killer bashed her skull in with the butt of a 9-mm.
semi-automatic pistol and shot her three times at close range, in the heart, chest, and abdomen.
According to Leffler, he rifled through her suitcase, robbed her of $800 and credit cards, and wore gloves to remove his number from her cell phone. Then he took his gloves off to gag her with duct tape, cut the phone lines, and left with a pair of her panties.
“A lot of this case will rest on the testimony of that first victim,” Conley tells me. Once inside her room, she said, the client, who was wearing a baseball cap, pulled a gun, made her lie facedown on the floor, and bound her with the same type of plastic ties used on Brisman and Leffler.
“If you can see them, they can see them,” says Rasch.
Boston law enforcement started backtracking to find out Andy’s identity, first establishing that the e-mail account at came from Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.
A woman in a nearby room, after hearing shrieks, went out into the hallway and saw a clothed body sprawled across the doorway of Brisman’s room. Only four days before, Boston police had received a report from another out-of-town masseuse, Trisha Leffler.
Leffler was staying at the equally upscale Westin Copley Place.
She told the officers that she had helped set up the massage appointment through Craigslist, and that she could provide them with the e-mail name and address of Andy.
In addition, Simons gave the police the password to the Yahoo massage account.
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.
The content of every e-mail sent by any one of us is kept by the Internet service provider and stored for a period of time, usually six to nine months.