Police Investigate Links Between Masseuse Cases


Warwick, RI—Police in Providence, Rhode Island are investigating an attempted robbery at a suburban hotel which, they believe, may be tied to a recent Boston murder in which a woman was shot at an upscale hotel.

Both cases involve women who had advertised massage services on Craigslist, the grassroots classified advertising website.

Julissa Brisman, of New York City, was found dead at Boston’s ritzy Marriott Copley Place hotel earlier this week. Police say that the 26-year-old had been shot after going to a hotel room to provide massage services. Her friends, who said that Brisman was a recovering alcoholic, were not aware that she had been offering massage services online.

She had told one friend that she had been paid $1000 to walk around private parties in Chicago, clad only in a bikini or bikini bottom.

In the Rhode Island case, another woman who had posed as a masseuse on Craigslist was discovered in her hotel room at the Holiday Inn Express, bound with cord and being held at gunpoint, by her husband. Upon this discovery, the husband chased the assailant, who fled from the woman’s room, but then gave up the chase and returned to check on his wife. The woman in this case told authorities that she worked at a strip club in Providence called the Cadillac Lounge. Police believe that she may have been engaged in an act of prostitution when the assault occurred.

Warwick Police Chief Stephen McCartney said that this incident took place at about 11:15pm on Thursday.

Additionally, yet another woman who had advertised massages on Craigslist was robbed last week at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston, said Police Commissioner Edward Davis.

Warwick, RI is approximately 60 miles south of Boston. Police from both jurisdictions are working together to solve this case.

Screen captures from security cameras at the hotels show a “person of interest” who appears to be a six-foot-tall, 200-lb. White male. He is dressed in blue jeans and a black coat and is described as “clean cut.” This person of interest is wanted for questioning in all three cases.


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