The last time I posted about Akeem Cruz it was early on in the disappearance of Megan Waterman. Cruz was Waterman’s boyfriend/pimp and had turned her out in New York on craigslist. At first I assumed that Cruz had something to do with Megan’s disappearance. Considering the violent nature of pimps one could see why I would think that. 99 times I would be right in that assumption but not this time. It turned out that Megan was one of the victims of the Long Island serial killer who has yet to be caught.
That’s not to say that Cruz is a choir boy. Cruz recently pleaded guilty to charges of human trafficking. He admitted to transporting Megan and another woman from Maine to New York for the purposes of prostitution. The terms of the plea deal say that he’s only looking at a little less than 4 years in federal prison. Another joke sentence which does nothing to combat human trafficking.
Fear not though. Cruz is more than likely a career criminal who will end up doing real time eventually. Unfortunately that will probably come at the expense of another victim.
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.
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.
The family of Megan Waterman is hoping to raise $5000 for a reward for viable information that will lead to Megan’s return.
Megan, from Maine, went missing in Long Island several months ago after being advertised on craigslist as an escort. Her boyfriend, Akeem Cruz, has been arrested but not in connection with her disappearance.
A Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2010
The First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Megan’s family will be present and available to talk with the media.
Dinner, desserts, a silent auction and 50/50 Raffle with live entertainment by “Doc Drinkwater” are part of the scheduled activities.
Adults $6.00, Children $4.00, under three are free.
Sponsored by LostNMissing, Inc of NH
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE REWARD OF MISSING, MEGAN WATERMAN.
While some of you may think that Megan is just a hooker she is also a mother to a 3-year-old girl who I’m sure misses her mother very much.
There’s very little doubt in my mind that Megan’s disappearance had something to do with human trafficking. If craigslist really wanted to help the victims of human trafficking they would donate some of that sex ad money to help get Megan back.
I received the following comment on my post about Jim Buckmaster saying that craigslist is vigilant in screening its adult services ads. I’m going to let it stand on its own without any commentary from yours truly. It was posted by Cynthia Caron. The comment explains who she is.
In Mr. Buckmaster’s own words he stated “we will continue to work tirelessly, in tandem with law enforcement and key nonprofits, to ensure that any victims receive the assistance they desperately need and deserve, and that those responsible are imprisoned.”, So I ask… why has Mr. Buckmaster not responded to any of our requests to offer a reward for the safe return of Ms. Waterman?
If Craigslist is striving to keep a “clean site” and they’ve been scrutinizing the ads…tell me how Megan Waterman’s escort “services” slipped past Mr. Buckmaster’s radar?
Explain, Mr. Buckmaster, how a young single mother of 22 years of age, who worked two jobs to raise her toddler daughter, was able to become accessible from the State of Maine to “johns” in the State of NY had it not been taught to her and encouraged by her “boyfriend” , of only 11 months, via Craigslist?
On June 06, 2010 at 1:30 am Megan left the hotel in Hauppauge, NY alone and has met a terrible fate… whether it be she was abducted and trafficked or murdered by those who utilize Craigslist to catch their prey. Were not these horrid crimes learned enough from the actions of Phillip Markoff?
How can Craigslist completely ignore the fact that the family has asked repeatedly for them to step up and HALT all Craigslist personal services and to take responsibility in their share of the missing status of Megan Waterman by offering a reward for her safe return? If they REALLY cared…they would.
If a personal service was legitimate, those who run their services would have websites, advertisements and other means of marketing as any other reputable business. Perhaps the IRS needs to become involved in researching those who are posting on Craigslist? All I can say is…if Ebay can keep those from selling personal services, there is no reason that Craigslist cannot do the same. I am in agreement that it does come down to the loss of money. Hence, that means that Craigslist IS indeed contributing to sex for profit by enabling a venue to exist that contributes and enables illegal prostitution.
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.
Police in Both Maine and Long Island are searching for 22-year-old Megan Waterman. Ms. Waterman when on a trip to New York with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Akeem Cruz of Brooklyn, and disappeared on June 5th.
Waterman of Scarborough, Maine advertised herself on craigslist as an escort.
When she’s normally away from home she stays in touch with her 3-year-old daughter but has not been in contact since she disappeared.
Cruz has not been arrested in her disappearance but has been arrested in Portland, Maine this past Tuesday for criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
I’ll save my snark for another time. In the meantime please click on the flier to see if you can help.