Wednesday, March 01, 2006

TOPIC: Imette St. Guillen
A horrific crime occurred over the weekend. A young college student from Boston, Mass. was raped, strangled and suffocated. Investigators theorize the killer was a stranger who somehow lured his victim out of The Falls, the Lower Manhattan bar where she was last seen early Saturday morning, before pouncing at another location. But no suspects have been identified.
"There's an intensive effort under way to link any of the evidence or the victim's movements before her death to her killer," Paul Browne, the New York Police Department's top spokesman, said today. Here is what we know so far:

Name: Imette St. Guillen
Nicknames: I-Dawg (friends) or La Reina (mother)
Age: 24 (3/03/81)
Height: 5'2" to 5'3"
Weight: 115 lbs
Hair: Brownish red (raven)

Father: Seimundo (deceased c. 1990)
Mother: Maureen, 60s
Sister: Alejandra, 29yo
Step-brother: Luke Holbrook
Ex-boyfriend: Ryan Kocher, 22yo

Mission Hill, Mass. (Boston metro area)
West End Ave, New York City, NY

Boston Latin School - Graduated 1999
George Washington University - Graduated Magna Cum Laude 2003
John Jay College - 2005-2006

10:00pm - Imette, roommate Claire & friends go to The Pioneer Bar in The Bowery.
SATURDAY (Early morning)
3:30am - Claire Higgins leaves The Pioneer. Imette St. Guillen stays.
3:40am - Imette travels 5 blocks to The Falls bar. Did she walk in the sub-freezing weather?
3:50am - Claire calls Imette, who says she is heading home soon.
4:00am - Imette pays for drink & walks out of The Falls. She is not seen alive again.
8:23pm - 911 caller from Lindenwood Diner pay phone tips police to body off Fountain Ave. (near Seaview Ave.) in Brooklyn.
8:40pm - [Approx. time] Police locate lifeless body of a young woman in an infamous mob dumping ground.
Friends and family start search for Imette St. Guillen
Alejandra St. Guillen identifies body found on Fountain Ave. as that of her sister, Imette St. Guillen.

Imette's nude body was found approximately 9 miles from The Bowery, where she had been out with friends.
Man's white tube sock stuffed down her throat with foreign object (Cause of death = suffocation)
Face completely covered with translucent packing tape (discrepanices: some say horizontally; some, vertically)
Hands bound behind her back (plastic ties, wire or packing tape)
Ankles/feet bound (shoelaces or packing tape)
Marks on chest & throat showing trauma (IOW, she was also beaten)
Hair chopped off on one side
Vaginal area lacerated (probably not from rape, but mutilation)
Sodomized (gang rape or foreign objects)
Body wrapped in a Springmaid king-sized bed comforter similar to those used at motels

More tomorrow...

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