Crime fighter: Vigilantes from the New York Initiative have offered to protect hookers from the Craigslist killer. Self-styled superheroes have offered their help in fighting the serial killer thought to be behind the murders of over a dozen prostitutes in New York City.
The New York Initiative NYI - a group of vigilantes who model themselves on comic book superheroes - have posted an advert on classified website Craigslist offering 'rescue teams' for hookers whose clients' turn violent.
NYI, who identify themselves as a group of 'martial arts trainers, security specialists, emergency first responders, drug counsellors, former military police and former law enforcement', are also offering free martial arts and weapons training to the women. The murderer stalking New York - dubbed the Craiglist Killer because he targets women selling sex through Craigslist - is thought to be behind the deaths up to 13 prostitutes.
Most of the bodies so far found had been dumped in scrub land on the southern coast of Long Island, New York. All had been strangled and stuffed in burlap sacks.
According to their advert, NYI have offered their help to prostitutes because 'apparently the law doesn't respect your personal choices and that means cops are slower to follow through when it comes to you. The group is offering 'a to call and a few one- or one-word codes you can say or text to us so that we can contact someone to assist you with a possibly violent date. They add: 'We will react quickly and without hesitation every time, using our considerable contacts to the full extent of their reach.
The New York Initiative patrol the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan by night, attempting to deter crime.
Dark knights: 'Superheroes' Shade, left, and Zero are part of the 'rapid response teams' offering their help to New York City's frightened ladies of the night. I'm writing you on behalf of a group called the New York Initiative We are not affiliated with law enforcementand with the hopes that I've created a system that will help keep you safe when you go on dates!
You can find our facebook through Google, as well as Google us with the words New York Press or Superheroes Documentary to find out what we're about Craigslist doesn't allow me to post our URL So with that out of the way, let me just get down to business The Long Island Killer is out there. He's a scary bastard, and it's starting to seem like he is focusing on you pretty ladies because some people are slower to report you missing, and also because apparently the law doesn't respect your personal choices and that means cops are slower to follow through when it comes to you.
We respect you as human beings, we believe in personal freedoms and think that you're doing something that is absolutely your choice to do. Though they are loosely affiliated with the so-called Real Life Superheroes, unlike their more colourfully-dressed counterparts they tend not to wear masks and capes. According to their website the group is composed of 11 members, with roles ranging from medic to combat specialist.
The 'Craigslist ripper' case started in December after the disappearance of year-old Shannan Gilbert, a New Jersey prostitute who advertised on the site. Although her body has not been found, the remains of 10 others have so far been uncovered with Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, Amber Lynn Costello, 27, and Megan Waterman, 22, the only identified victims so far.
Detectives have also investigated the possibility that the same serial killer may also be responsible for the deaths of four prostitutes in Atlantic city in According to experts, the man police are looking for is a white male in his mid 20's to mid 40's, financially secure, well spoken and drives a nice car or truck.
So rock on, ladies We are on your side. With that said, we are here to help. Share or comment on this article: Now 'superheroes' step in to help protect prostitutes from the Craigslist killer.
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