They received a call from a man in Connecticut who claimed he remembered giving the tattoo to a woman.
The artist said he remembered the customer as a young black woman, about 18 or 19 years old, who was accompanied by two women, an aunt and a cousin. During the session, he also claimed she told him she was from either the Bronx or Long Island and that she was in Connecticut because having trouble with her boyfriend at the time.
Hi there, here's the (now useless) link.
But, as you can see, unfortunately, it no longer works.
NB: From my notes, all that I have is that s/he was found near the Belt Parkway, in Jamaica, NY, in a garbage bag.
Another victim, Desiree Cherri, who appeared on Maury Povich, was murdered, and her body was dumped, that same year (May 27, 2006).
These were but two of the many cases I had originally mapped during the Imette St. Guillen murder case. Ms Guillen was murdered/dumped on Feb 25, 2006. Since I was looking at a possible connections, I covered Ms. St. Guillen's case rather extensively (here, here, and here).
He had drawn the tattoo on her the year before the homicide. Cullen recalled that the woman was from New York and had come to Bristol to visit friends. She had entered his studio with another black woman, he said. While she got her tattoo, the two women remarked that they were going to East Hartford later that night to visit another friend, Cullen said.
In 19 years of practice and 32 years of being around the industry, that is the only tattoo I have ever done or seen of a peach, Cullen said. And unless youre from Georgia, tattoos of peaches are very rare.
Cullen said the woman did not have a southern drawl to her voice nor did she have a Spanish or urban accent.
She seemed like a good kid, not the trouble type, just a typical fun-loving kid, the tattoo artist said. I got the impression that her friend was definitely from the [Bristol] area.
Ask the tattoo artist if its herMonica Renita Bennett
Disappeared from Brunswick, GA. 16 years old when she disappeared in 1989.
In 1996 she would have been 23. That puts her quite close to the girls age Cullen tattooed.
I already submitted this to the GBI so they can get in touch with Nassau to see if they can get a DNA match.
She has been missing for 25 yrs.
She has 2 children with a NYC Detective.
DNA has never been collective. Why?
Something stinks here.
It could be. Even if it isn't, as deedee21 said, something stinks about this disappearance.
I’m curious if the mother and daughter missing from Washington are linked? They were actually missing 20 years before it was reported
l to r: 2 inch peach/heart tattoo on left breast; Rubbermaid container held torso of black female; floral pillowcase and red towel also found inside container
Hempstead Lake State Pk, Lakeview
Nassau County, NY
28 June 1997
West side of Lakeside Drive, 200 yards north of Peninsula Boulevard, Hempstead Lake State Park. -- Black female torso. Arms, head, and legs below the knee severed, found in green Rubbermaid container, with red towel and floral pillow sham, 16-30 years old.
She had an abdominal scar from a cesarean section and a tattoo of a peach in the shape of a heart with a bite taken out of it and two drips falling from its core on her left breast.
Dead up to three days.
"With no leads to the womans identity, the police published a picture of the approximately two-inch wide tattoo in a national tattoo magazine, in the hopes of finding the artist who did the work. They received a call from a man in Connecticut who claimed he remembered giving the tattoo to a woman.
The artist said he remembered the customer as a young black woman, about 18 or 19 years old, who was accompanied by two women, an aunt and a cousin. During the session, he also claimed she told him she was from either the Bronx or Long Island and that she was in Connecticut because having trouble with her boyfriend at the time. It is possible the woman had other tattoos on her arms or lower legs that the killer did not want found." (Doe Network)
'They call her Peaches,' Nassau County Medical Examiner Eric Smith says of his law enforcement colleagues, as he thumbs through photographs of unidentified bodies in the back room of the county morguesome battered, swollen faces, others clay reproductions with glass eyes.
Her official name is U-037859772."
"A scar on the womans lower abdomen showed she had given birth by Cesarean."
"An autopsy revealed she had been dead no more than three days when she was found." (LI Press)
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