Boston Tabloid: The Killing of Robin Benedict - Hamilcar Publications

Boston Tabloid: The Killing of Robin Benedict

Don Stradley


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“A thoughtful, compelling reexamination of an intriguing story of fatal obsession and its enduring mysteries.”—Kirkus Reviews

William Douglas was a respected professor from Tufts University. He had a loving family and a home in the suburbs. No one suspected he had a secret life that brought him nightly to Boston’s adult entertainment district, the notorious “Combat Zone.”

Douglas also enjoyed an ongoing arrangement with a beautiful young prostitute named Robin Benedict. One afternoon in March of 1983, a small-time pimp walked into a private eye’s office and claimed Robin was missing. In the year that followed, the case drew in detectives, state troopers, and even psychics. The ensuing investigation and media circus hadn’t been seen in the city since the days of the Boston Strangler. Yet Robin remained missing. Did Douglas have the answer?

Boston Tabloid explores a man’s bizarre obsession, and the media’s treatment of a complex case. Author Don Stradley consulted journalists involved in the newspaper blitz, prison authorities, investigators, and psychiatrists, all in an effort to understand a grisly Boston crime that grabbed headlines across the nation.




  • Publication Date: November 1, 2022
  • Author: Don Stradley
  • Edition: 1st
  • Availability: World
  • Page Count: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 6″ X 9″
  • ISBN: 9781949590555
  • List Price: $18.99 | £13.99
  • Distribution: Two Rivers


Don Stradley is the author of The War: Hagler–Hearns and Three Rounds for the Ages (one of The Progressive magazine’s “Favorite of Books 2021”); Berserk: The Shocking Life and Death of Edwin Valero; Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing’s Murder Capital; and A Fistful of Murder: The Fights and Crimes of Carlos Monzon, all from Hamilcar Publications. Slaughter in the Streets was named by CrimeReads in 2020 as one of “The Classics of Boxing Literature.” He lives on Boston’s North Shore.