The victim was 25-year-old Deeana M. Wingender from Syosett. Some reports state that she had become addicted to prescription pills and turned to prostituting on craigslist to pay for her habit. Just because she may have been a prostitute, that shouldn’t reduce her meaning in the world as she is said to have come from a loving family who are probably crushed at their loss.
This story shows me a number of things. The first is that prostitution is still happening on craigslist, not that I ever doubted it stopped completely. The second is how dangerous a pill addiction can be. Some people seem to think since they were given their prescription by a doctor it’s ok to abuse them, but prescription pills are one of the leading causes of drug addiction in the country today. Because of her addiction, Miss Wingender wasn’t what people consider a ‘consenting adult’. Even though she may have had no pimp she was still a slave to her addiction. Lastly, this shows that craigslist, or Backpage does not make prostitutes any safer than walking the streets. As I’ve said before, craigslist and Backpage just make it more convenient since killers and rapists have their victims delivered to their home.
24-year-old Daniel Williams is a security guard at a Long Island high school. He was arrested yesterday for allegedly recording a 16-year-old male student using the stall without the student’s knowledge. Williams then reportedly broadcast the recording over Snapchat. He is also said to have shared the video with another person while face to face with them and this person reportedly contacted authorities.
I guess I have to point out again that it seems that Snapchat is the tool of choice for school employed creepers. Of all the Snapchat stories I’ve posted the majority of the suspects have been employed by either schools or athletic classes. I don’t know if that’s a bigger indictment on our country’s education system or our society in general.
Maria and Tulio Ayala of Central Islip, New York, on Long Island are accused of leaving their four kids, ages 15, 13, 8, and 4, at home for six days while they stayed at a hotel. No big deal right? The 15-year-old is old enough to watch the other kids. Oh, did I mention there was no heat or food in the house?
Mr. Ayala is trying to make it look like it was no big deal. He says that his mom was there to watch the kids and he left them with money for food and space heaters. He claims that this mother called the cops on him unwarranted.
So let me get this straight. You had money for a hotel for almost a week, you allegedly had $100 to leave the kids for food. Yet you can’t pay you’re own heating bill? I’m sensing a definite lack of priorities here. I’m going to guess they didn’t stay at The Ritz but I’m pretty sure whatever hotel they stayed at had heat.
The children are currently staying with relatives but the Ayala’s say they’re going to fight to get their kids back. Maybe if you took care of them in the first place you wouldn’t be in this situation. Hopefully the only HOtel you’ll be staying is the Gray Bar Hotel.
I originally posted about Chad Johnson (not Ochocinco) here. He was arrested last year for strangling, Jennifer Papain, a prostitute that he met on craigslist to death after she refused to give his money back. Johnson buried her in a shallow grave somewhere near the Long Island Expressway.
This week Johnson was found guilty of second degree murder in Ms. Papain’s death. He’s looking at 25-to life when he’s sentenced in January.
I find a couple of things curious about this case. The first is why did this not make the national media when it happened so close to the Five Burroughs? The second is I’d like to hear the legalization folks explain how legalizing prostitution would have prevented Jennifer Papain’s murder.
Police on Long Island have discovered four more bodies, three of which they have connected to the so-called Craigslist serial killer. If you recall back in December the bodies of Megan Waterman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy, and Amber Lynn Costello. (pictured) All four of them were prostitutes that advertised on craigslist.
At this point it is unknown if the 3 victims found recently were prostitutes as they have not yet been identified.
All the victims bodies were found while authorities searched for another missing prostitute, Shannan Gilbert. Ms. Gilbert is said to be not one of the victims that they found recently.
Sources from New York law enforcement are saying that the sister of Melissa Barthelemy has received taunting phone calls from her sister’s cell phone. Barthelemy is one of the four victims killed by what police believe is a serial killer that used craigslist to find his victims.
Barthelemy’s sister had received taunting calls that said things like “Do you know what your sister is doing? She’s a whore.”
The calls were traced to the areas of Times Square and Madison Square Garden but police don’t know if the calls were made by the killer himself.
The calls were received in July of 2009 right after Barthelemy’s disappearance.
Back when I was being interviewed by the media about Julissa Brisman’s murder my brother suggested I should write a book, fiction specifically. The idea I came up with after his suggestion was a serial killer that used a site like craigslist in order to find his victims. It seems that idea was far from original.
On the beaches of Long Island four bodies were found, at least two are believed to be prostitutes that advertised on craigslist. One of those victims may be Megan Waterman, the woman and mother from Maine who disappeared from New York back in June.
Police were searching for another missing prostitute by the name of Shannon Gilbert but police do not believe that she is one of the bodies found.
Police in Atlantic City, NJ contacted investigators in Long Island to see if their unsolved serial killings of prostitutes was connected but now both departments believe they are unrelated.
It may be weeks before any of the victims are positively identified through DNA.
I wish I could say I’m surprised that this has happened. Prostitutes have long been the victims of serial killers going all the way back to Jack The Ripper. With craigslist formerly providing easy access to such women I’m surprised that grisly discoveries like this hasn’t happened more often. Then again maybe they have and the bodies haven’t been found yet, especially with the amount of trafficked women that craigslist and now backpage make available to anybody with a phone. It’s like delivery for serial killers.
Prostitution is still going on at craigslist just not as much as previously. The pimps and prostitutes have moved to the casual encounters section and of course craigslist’s ‘loss’ has been backpage’s gain.
If someone does in fact turn out to be the ‘Craigslist Serial Killer’ I doubt they’ll be the last.
I originally posted about Megan Waterman here. She’s the woman and mother from Maine who went missing while working as a craigslist escort on Long Island.
Her pim…uh…traffick…I mean boyfriend, 20-year-old Akeem Cruz, was arrested in South Portland, Maine for being in possession of 13 rocks of crack.
Cruz, so far, is not a suspect in Megan’s disappearance.
Whether Cruz had any involvement in Megan’s disappearance I couldn’t tell you. However when women are being trafficked like I believe Megan was any number of people could have caused her disappearance and not just her trafficker or pimp.