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By Robert Kolker

Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker can provide a haunting and humanizing account of the true-life look for a serial killer nonetheless at huge on manhattan, in a compelling story of unsolved homicide and web prostitution.

One past due spring night in 2010, Shannan Gilbert, after working during the oceanfront group of Oak seashore screaming for her lifestyles, went lacking. nobody who had heard of her disappearance notion a lot approximately what had occurred to the twenty-four-year-old: she was once a Craigslist prostitute who were fleeing a scene--of what, nobody should be certain. The Suffolk County Police, too, appeared to have paid little attention--until seven months later, while an unforeseen discovery in a bramble along a close-by street became up 4 our bodies, all lightly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. yet none of them Shannan's.

There was once Maureen Brainard-Barnes, final obvious at Penn Station in ny 3 years prior, and Melissa Barthelemy, final obvious within the Bronx in 2009. there has been Megan Waterman, final noticeable leaving a resort in Hauppage, ny, only a month after Shannan's disappearance in 2010, and Amber Lynn Costello, final noticeable leaving a home in West Babylon a couple of months later that very same yr. Like Shannan, all 4 ladies have been petite and of their twenties, all of them got here from out of city to paintings as escorts, and so they all marketed on Craigslist and its competitor, Backpage.

In a triumph of reporting--and in a riveting narrative--Robert Kolker offers the 1st specific examine the shadow international of escorts within the net age, the place creating wealth is simpler than ever and the hazards stay all too actual. He has talked exhaustively with the buddies and kin of every lady to bare the three-d truths approximately their lives, the suffering cities they got here from, and the desires they chased. And he has received particular entry to the Oak seashore local that has came upon itself the point of interest of nationwide media scrutiny--where the police have flailed, the physique count number has risen, and the pals have started pointing arms at each other. There, in a distant neighborhood, out of sight of the seashores and marinas scattered alongside the South Shore barrier islands, the women's tales come jointly in loss of life and darkish secret. Lost Girls is a portrait not only of 5 ladies, yet of unsolved homicide in an idyllic a part of the United States, of the bottom of the net, and of the secrets and techniques we continue with out admitting to ourselves that we continue them.

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But even if that theory is accepted, the bottle of blood is still baffling. Why would Kelly’s killers drain some of his blood and leave it in a bottle in a wombat hole? Was it intended to have been spread somewhere else to confuse investigators or remove the Guthries from suspicion? Was it to mock up a body-less suicide scene or to be drizzled somewhere after some time had passed to pretend Kelly was still alive? Maybe the bottle of blood had been part of a crime scene clean-up, although it’s hard to imagine a method of murder that is bloody but results in only 80 millilitres of blood leaving the body.

About a decade before the Sunnybank heist, Kelly had worked with Guthrie in a tree-lopping business. And police believed just days after the heist Ian Guthrie moved north to Queensland to hang out with Kelly. Ian described Kelly as a ‘great bloke’. There was less love for Kelly emanating from police headquarters. As far as Queensland detectives were concerned they had a prime suspect brazenly playing victim and a two-million-dollar hole in their credibility as guardians of law and order. One of the puzzles they had to solve in addition to catching the culprits was ascertaining where the millions had gone.

Guthrie jumped back into the ute’s cabin to drive away and police fired two shots of chemical reagent through the windscreen. Officers tackled Guthrie but he fought back and violently resisted arrest. The arresting police noticed him trying to grab at something inside his trousers. They were later shocked to find a magnum pistol in his waistband and bullets in his pockets. The officers took offence at Guthrie’s apparent willingness to have a shootout with police in order to escape arrest and expressed their disappointment with his attitude.

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