First of all, this is really tragic, sad and horrible and I hope they catch the guy.
Okay, let’s examine the evidence:
- 8 women have gone missing. 7 bodies have been found. 4 have been identified.
- The first woman went missing in May. The first bodies were found in December. 3 more were found last week.
- Most of the women were working girls meeting clients on Craigslist.
- The bodies have all been found in the same remote area of dumpy-looking “beaches” on Long Island.
Gilbert, 24, was last seen in Oak Beach on May 1, 2010, after apparently meeting a client she had booked through Craigslist. The bodies of the four other women, who worked as Craigslist escorts and were in their 20s, were found along the same highway by police searching for Gilbert.
The latest discovery was about a mile east of where the other four were found. The four dead women's remains were strewn about 500 yards apart.
Gilbert had arranged to meet a client in Oak Beach. A resident of the gated seaside enclave has told authorities a woman believed to be Gilbert came to his door around 4:45 a.m. May 1, pleading for help.
The man said that when he tried to call police, the woman fled.
A few moments later, an unidentified man in a sport utility vehicle drove past the house and said he was looking for the woman, but then took off. Neither the woman nor the man was seen by the neighbor again.
The client Gilbert had arranged to meet was investigated but is not believed to be a suspect in her disappearance.
Whoa. There are clues here! She went missing AFTER leaving her client. She ran when the neighbor tried to call the cops. The killer drove past the same house in the wee hours and ASKED about the woman. And the cops don’t think it was the Craigslist client.
My first question is, why not? If all of these women were using Craigslist to meet clients, isn’t that a pretty big factor that connects the crimes? I mean, that’s pretty amazing that the killer manages to pick up Craigslist prostitutes after their last appointment.
Why would Gilbert run when the neighbor tried to call the cops? Although I don’t imagine the neighbor was all, “Come in and sit down, hysterical woman at my door at 4:45am. Can I get you some herbal tea?”
Maybe the neighbor locked her out while calling the cops, or was taking too long. These aren't the things the neighbor's going to admit once she turned up dead. "Oh, she just ran away when I tried to help her." Yeah right. What if she banged on your door at 5am? What would you do?
If it were me, I like to think I would have lept into action and been like, “DESCRIPTION! QUICK!”
Why would the killer drive around pre-dawn asking, “Have you seen a hysterical woman? Yeah? She went that way? Thanks.”
It seems like the neighbor is either a self-involved idiot who was like, “Not my problem” or suspect.
I just did all of this while eating my salad (Mandarin chicken from Piperade-to-Go: 5 stars) so I will need to discuss this with my top crime analyst and report back later with a profile. I look forward to any more information and your detailed thoughts in the comments…