The Long Island Ripper
She was spotted in Manhattan, then never heard from again.
Only 25, she had already led a rough life, allegedly working as a prostitute. Brainard-Barnes had once fractured her nose, and, later, the fingers of her right hand. She had a scar on her face and another on her forehead. A scar on her abdomen was a relic of the Caesarian delivery of her daughter, also commemorated by the pink letters in a tattoo spelling "Nicolette." Other tattoos, gray and black lilies and a red rose, adorned her body.
Freckled, bespectacled Maureen Brainard-Barnes stood just 4'11 and weighed a slight 105 pounds. Friends described her as a good mother and a trusting person. But trying to support her daughter and trusting the wrong person left her dead on a beach, finally discovered on a cold day in late 2010.