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The disappearance of a twenty-one-year-old woman from a Massachusetts suburb became one of the most discussed crimes of the twentieth century. The discussion grew more heated when the public learned that she worked as a prostitute in Boston’s notorious red-light district, the “Combat Zone,” and was linked by a trail of blood to a famous professor from Tufts University. Boston Tabloid is a reconstruction of a grisly murder, and an exploration of one man’s bizarre obsession.
When Robin Benedict vanished the investigation and media circus that gripped the city of Boston hadn’t seen since the days of the Boston Strangler case. On a Sunday morning in March 1983, a small-time pimp walked into a police station and claimed his girlfriend was missing. He claimed she had been on her way to visit a client named William Douglas, a man known in academic circles as a groundbreaking scientist, who also indulged a taste for prostitutes in Boston’s most X-rated neighborhood.
In the year that followed, the case drew in detectives, state troopers, scores of journalists, and even psychics. But Robin was never found. In fact, all that was found was a sledgehammer, some clothing, and her Toyota Starlet, all stained with blood. Douglas’s eventual arrest and sketchy confession provided news readers with months of daily intrigue—for a new era of sensationalistic reporting was about to erupt. It was also a time when Boston-area prostitutes were being murdered on a regular basis. The case of Robin Benedict was just another reminder that the city’s dark side was seeping into the suburbs and universities.