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Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery RobertKolker Lost Girls An Unsolved American Mystery A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of Award winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a humanizing account of the true life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island and p

  • Title: Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
  • Author: RobertKolker
  • ISBN: 9780062183675
  • Page: 451
  • Format: ebook
  • Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery RobertKolker A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of 2013Award winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a humanizing account of the true life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island and presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of online escorts, where making a living is easier than ever, and the dangers remain all too real A triumph of reporting,A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of 2013Award winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a humanizing account of the true life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island and presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of online escorts, where making a living is easier than ever, and the dangers remain all too real A triumph of reporting, a riveting narrative, and a lashing critique of how society and the police let five young women down Dwight Garner, The New York Times , Lost Girls is a portrait of unsolved murders in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them.
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    1. Perusing some of these reviews, I have no idea why no one else seems to be puzzled by how very little information about the police investigation is given Yes, Kolker does a good job of creating portraits of the Lost Girls and their families, and the book s arguably best attribute is its portrayal of the new world of online prostitution and its pitfalls.That having been said, I could have done with fewer family, Oak Beach, and FaceBook dramas in exchange for some good forensic information and ana [...]

    2. NO SPOILERS Possibly the truest thing that can be said about Lost Girls An Unsolved American Mystery is that it s atypical for the true crime genre This is not 399 pages of mostly investigation twists and turns and speculation regarding the killer s Lost Girls is primarily about each of the murder victims, all of whom were escorts, dismissed as mere objects in life Author Robert Kolker banished the stoicism from standard issue news reports about five murdered New York City prostitutes he present [...]

    3. As a kid, I started reading true crime with Helter Skelter, then went on to the master Ann Rule and never looked back Sometime in the last decade, true crime took a wrong turn in my opinion, of course The writing stopped focusing on the victim and started glorifying the killer Serial killers or just regular murderers are not sexy or charming They are violent killers I hate when writers get so caught up in the who that they forget the why of the victim.Lost Girls doesn t forget the victims In fac [...]

    4. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum I was struggling a bit with insomnia back in 2010 when Shannan Gilbert s bizarre 911 calls made the news a surefire way to get to sleep is some Nancy Grace just sayin Although I didn t intentionally keep up with the story, I also recall when the burlap wrapped bodies started being discovered on Oak Beach and the fact that all of these women were escorts who advertised on Craigslist and were not local to Long Island, yet somehow took jobs out of their norma [...]

    5. According to the back of the book Award winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a haunting and humanizing account of the true life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, in a compelling tale of unsolved murder and internet prostitution Five girls Maureen, Megan, Amber, Melissa and Shannon All five had promise, loved ones, passions, pursuits, hopes and dreams All five had turned to prostitution for their own reasons, specifically using the adult section on craigsl [...]

    6. Felt like 2.5 stars rounded up to 3.The subtitle makes it quite plain this is an UNSOLVED AMERICAN MYSTERY So, no matter how eloquent or meticulously reported, Lost Girls has a built in disappointment as far as a conclusion goes The book is quite often a fascinating study of what a terrible crime did to a small, gated neighborhood It also takes a good long look at the outrage over how such a crime can happen when it happens to a group of people prostitutes that society cares little for, especial [...]

    7. This book held interest for me since I lived very close to where these unfortunate ladies were found It was truly a tragic turn of events though some might feel that the ladies profession left them open to the dangers and darkness of the underworld of prostitution and craigslist posting escort services The thing that irked me and has during the recent news is that these mothers go on and on about their daughters, hold vigils, appear on TV, conduct interviews, sell tee shirts, and yet when they [...]

    8. Really not having much luck with my saved for vacation book pile LOST GIRLS has a problem right from the start, and it was there before the author even sat down to write one word the case is unsolved and there is nothing but conspiracy theories, rumors and internet based speculation about what actually happened as opposed to, say, the case of the Zodiac Killer, where although no one was ever convicted, there was at least a prime suspect So already, this tale is murky, because unless the author p [...]

    9. The author did a great job of capturing the story of the Long Island Serial Killer from all angles I was glad to see that even though I was a vigilante web detective suffering from tunnel vision, the author described me as a skilled researcher and much of the information I gathered was ultimately utilized in the book.

    10. 3.5 StarsI remember hearing this story in the news a few years back This was a very compelling story, so since this was a true story It reads like a fiction novel so if reading non fiction isn t normally your cup of tea I would suggest you try this.Shannan Gilbert, an escort prostitute is heard screaming for help and running for her life in a quiet gated community in Long Island She knocks on people s doors begging for help She calls 911 and is on the phone w police for 22 mins Yet, She disappea [...]

    11. A no miss, for sure read on for the brief version a longer version can be found here.Five young women are the central focus of this excellent book, five lost girls who went to work one day and never returned All were escorts advertising their services on Craigslist four of them ended up as bodies wrapped in burlap hidden near the main road of Jones Beach Island NY , close to the small gated community of Oak Beach The body of the fifth young woman was located almost a year to the day after the ot [...]

    12. As a very frequent reader of true crime I hardly if ever read unsolved crimes because the part I like best is when the perpetrator is caught and punished How glad I am that I decided to give this book a try, if not I would have missed a very emotional and good read and would not have known about this shocking case.First of all I compliment the author how well he brought the girls to life.Yes there were no photo s but I did not mind that so much After I finished reading I looked them up online I [...]

    13. Could not put this book down The kind of book that leaves me wondering, now what the HELL am I going to read No doubt whatever I read next will suffer by close comparison.

    14. Tony and Al were guys Maureen had been hoping to get to know better, guys who might help her stop doing this prostitution one day She had told her friend Jay DuBrule that porn was legal and safer and easier than what she was doing it resembled a legitimate entertainment career and was one step closer to the life she dreamed about.Okay, so WTF This is why I read, to understand how someone can feel this way On the surface this passage blows my mind I m certainly no prude, but I m the first to admi [...]

    15. Lost Girls is a grim trip to the underbelly of prostitution and drugs and desperation And serial killers Robert Kolker draws intimate portraits of women on the economic edge of society Maureen, Melissa, Shannon, Megan and Amber He gives them identities, families, cares and concerns He invites us into their worlds and we meet real individuals with real hopes and dreams These are not quick, newspaper abbreviated glimpses.The first half of Lost Girls draws their slow journey down into the shady wor [...]

    16. Haunting That s the first word that comes to mind after finishing Lost Girls, about the victims of the serial killer on Long Island The book was also chilling and compulsively read able I stayed up one night until 2 am, unable to put the book down, completely freaked out by what I was reading The section detailing how the killer called the younger sister of one of the victims to taunt her still gives me chills when I think about it Because the killer has yet to be apprehended, and because the po [...]

    17. Robert Kolker s Lost Girls about Long Island s Gilgo Beach serial killer is one of the most penetrating and haunting true crime books I ve ever read Chilling and controlled, it reminds me of a scary surgeon carefully cutting up a patient with skill and precision with each page brimming with unbearable tension and heartbreak The book centers on the disappearances and the murders of five prostitutes who advertised their services on sites such as Craiglist and Backpage Shannan, Megan, Melissa, Ambe [...]

    18. I read this book because a family member who shares my Kindle account bought it, so there it was I ve complained before about my general failure to see the appeal of true crime books, but surprise this isn t really a true crime book First off, how could it be, when the culprit has never been found All the kinds of salacious details that true crime books would allow us to puzzle over are unknown here Over several years, a number of young sex workers who operate solo on Craigslist or Backpage are [...]

    19. One of the great films of the last decade is David Fincher s Zodiac But even though it had all the ingredients of his earlier film Seven, it disappointed commercially and failed to win any prestige awards Too long, maybe, too many characters to sort through.But the biggest reason the movie flopped may have been something inherent to the story the Zodiac killer, unlike Kevin Spacey in Seven, has never been caught Maybe people of a certain age knew that going in, but for anyone under the age of 40 [...]

    20. Shannan Gilbert goes out on an escort call to a remote part of Long Island While she is inside the house something goes wrong and she emerges hysterical and runs off into the night never to be seen again The search for her leads to the discovery that some one has been using Gilgo beach as a dumping ground for bodies Who that may be is still yet to be determined.This book chronicles the lives of the known women whose bodies were discovered during the search for Shannan Gilbert Maureen was a strug [...]

    21. An engaging and very sad book It explores in detail how these five young women descended into a nether world life of selling their bodies for money and hard drug use cocaine, heroin, crack, meth.We are given their family background and friendships Initially they started with pimps as their guardians but then used the internet Craiglist to solicit customers Four of them were abducted and murdered between July 2007 and September 2010 Their partially buried bodies were found not far apart on a high [...]

    22. The demand for commercial sex will never go away Neither will the Internet they re stuck with each other It may no longer even matter any whether the sale of sex among consenting adults is right or wrong, immoral or empowering What s clear is that no good can come from pretending that the people who participate in prostitution don t exist That, after all, is what the killer is counting on pg 381 I read true crime because of books like this one Robert Kolker humanizes the tragic deaths of five yo [...]

    23. Full Review at Booklikes.What is the worth a person It s all equal you say Well, that would be nice, but let s get real Turn on the nightly news, and the only people that ever go missing are white, attractive women from good families Okay, sometimes there might be a minority or an older woman But the national news seems to be saying that if you are poor, ugly, a minority, male, or above a certain age you do not have to worry about going missing or anything happening to you at all, unless it is w [...]

    24. Review LOST GIRLS by Robert KolkerLOST GIRLS is the single most engrossing true crime account I have read Author Robert Kolker, who specifically avoids fictionalizing any portion of his account, introduces readers to a much maligned, often misguided, sometimes greedy but other times simply clawing at survival, societal construct sex workers, specifically prostitution conducted via the Internet Long Island, Eastern Connecticut, and upstate New York, as well as New York City, are the locales for t [...]

    25. Heartbreaking book about the Ocean Parkway murders on Long Island and the women and their stories who disappeared and whose remains were eventually found, the victims of a serial killer Robert Kolker is outstanding in his investigative reporting and provides much commentary on the tentacles of circumstance surrounding poverty, addiction, family dysfunction and class that led the women to work in the highly dangerous trade of Craigslist sex worker.

    26. I m glad these girls have a voice out there A sad, unresolved story Reading about family dynamics is always interesting and you get a lot of that here.

    27. A very interesting murder mystery, poorly told.Lost Girls is a true crime book focusing on a serial killer who murdered prostitutes and dumped their remains in a small area of Long Island This book could have been much better, but Kolker did a reasonable job of telling the stories of the victims He definitely elaborates on how prostitution operates in today s Internet based world, and the risks that these young women faced as they worked.Ultimately, though, the story is unsatisfying First, it wa [...]

    28. I listened to this on tape, driving across Illinois farmland When I arrived at my destination, I sat in my car, unable to stop listening This book is enthralling There is a part of it that has a true crime element, but since so little is known about the killers and the actual murders, that is not the predominant part of the book Instead, you get to know, in a very deep and nuanced way, the five girls at the center of the book Their lives were fascinating and absolutely worthy of the time the aut [...]

    29. This is one of those fantastic non fiction pieces that reads like really good fiction The story is told in a compelling manner and it did a great job of putting all of the events together in a manageable way He brought the women the Lost Girls to life in this one They were a group of women with very interesting and complex lives I really appreciated the respect that Robert Kolker gave to them in this book I m not usually a fan of the whole true crime genre but I think this is an outstanding exam [...]

    30. I read this book about 5 prostitutes who were killed and their bodies found next to a gated community in Long Island Kolker did a great job writing about the lives of each of the girls in the first half of the book In the second half, he delves into the murder investigation and explores the issue of whether society cares less about the deaths of these girls because of how they made money Kolker also explores how technology, such as the use of Craig s List, makes it difficult to not only find th [...]

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