$500 for School Clothes

Melissa Barthelemy moved to New York City to be a professional beautician, but she became a professional prostitute. She worked as a prostitute for three years, and she was last seen alive on 12 July 2009, when she was 24 years old. In December 2010, her body was found wrapped in burlap in the sand dunes of Gilgo Beach, Long Island. Three other bodies were found close by her; later, six other bodies were found. Her family, whom Melissa loved, did not know that Melissa was working as a prostitute. When her little sister needed $100 for school clothes, Melissa sent her $500. As of July 2013, the Long Island serial murderer case is unsolved. Robert Kolker wrote about Melissa Barthelemy in the nonfiction book Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, published by HarperCollins.

For Further Information: Robert Kolker, “First Lost, Then Murdered.” Slate. 9 July 2013


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