Slain Jersey City woman Shannan Gilbert, L.I. murders subject of new book
By Alexander W. Silady/The Jersey Journal
July 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Robert Kolker, an author and contributing editor at New York magazine, has released a new book that hits close to home for some Jersey City residents.
The book, Lost Girls, released by HarperCollins on July 9, is about the unsolved killings of five escorts on Long Island, believed to be the work of a serial killer. One of the slain women, Shannan Gilbert, was a resident of Jersey City.
Gilbert, 24, went missing in May 2010, sparking a far-reaching investigation that gripped public interest for months. She worked as an escort over Craigslist, and had disappeared after meeting a client in Oak Beach, Long Island at about 2 a.m. on May 1. Her driver described her as "delirious" and "irrational" on the day of her disappearance, and said she had a history of cocaine abuse and suffered from bipolar disorder.
Four women's bodies were found on the south shore of Long Island in December 2010, and though all of them were believed to be murdered escorts, none of them belonged to Gilbert, prolonging the investigation and the heartbreak of Gilbert's friends and family.
The search and mystery as to whether Gilbert was dead or alive came to a close a year later when Gilbert's remains were identified in December 2011. It is not known who killed her or the other four women whose remains were uncovered, though the cases are believed to all be related.http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ew_book.html#incart_river