“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.