Friday, May 18, 2007

WHAT THE FUCKKK!!!!??!?!!!




Peter Braunstein was born to Alberto and Angele Braunstein in Kew Gardens, Queens. His father was a Jewish Manhattan gallery owner. Braunstein studied abroad at Sorbonne in Paris and is fluent in French. He came back to New York to pursue a PhD degree in History from NYU.

In 2000, he got a job at W magazine, writing mostly about the history and culture of rock music. He also freelanced for the publications mentioned above.

He began dating his coworker, W beauty editor Jane Larkworthy. After breaking up with her, Braustein started using the magazine's website as a blog to harass his ex-girlfriend, whom he referred to as "BioHazard". He was charged with 37 counts of harassment, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to three years probation. According to the victim, Braunstein harassed her for 18 months, taped her hands to a chair, sent frightening emails and phone messages to her coworkers and family, and posted her naked photos and personal information on an adult web site. On November 22, 2004, Braunstein cut his own chest with a knife and then claimed his ex-girlfriend attacked him. He was taken by the police to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and released after two hours.

Around this time, his coworkers reportedly noticed that he was suffering from what could be described as delusions of grandeur and paranoia. He went back to live with his mother in Queens, which earned him the nickname "George Costanza" among his associates. In 2004 he wrote and directed the off-off-broadway play Andy & Edie about the relationship between Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. [2]. The play turned out to be a flop and played only for four days. He stopped talking to his father after he made a negative comment about the play. Braunstein also came up with a hit list of "fashionable gals-about-town" whom he wanted to "punish." According to police sources, his future victim was on the list.

The Halloween Attack

On October 31, 2005, a man wearing a New York City Fire Department uniform set two small fires in the lobby of a Chelsea building where his victim lived. He then knocked on the door of the 34-year old woman's apartment and told her he was there to check for smoke damage. As soon as the victim let him in, the man shoved a chloroform-laced rag into her face. For the next 13 hours she went in and out of consciousness while the attacker groped her. The victim told the police that the attacker apparently knew her, although she was not able to identify him. According to her he videotaped the attack and left with a pair of her shoes.

Several days later detectives uncovered more evidence on Braunstein's personal computer, including a detailed plan that described the attack that occurred [3].

Police have also discovered that Braunstein purchased a voice-altering device on Ebay five days before the attack, along with the season one DVD set of the FX Network television series Nip/Tuck, a show which features a masked serial killer known as The Carver, who also uses a voice altering device [4]. It should be noted, however, that the Carver did not appear on the show until its second season.

Media reaction
The crime received a great amount of media attention for a number of reasons. Peter Braunstein, a well-educated writer and journalist from an upper-middle class family, did not fit the typical profile of a rapist. In fact, at one point he belonged to the same clique of freelance writers who were now following his every step in their blogs. Braunstein also was able to avoid arrest for several weeks while apparently still residing in New York where his photo graced the front pages of most newspapers and footage of the suspect was played on the evening news almost daily. Finally, the timing also coincided with a historic low for NYC crime rates.

The crime quickly became a sensation in the New York area. New developments about the crime have been often featured on the front pages of tabloids like the New York Post and New York Daily News, as well as the TV show America's Most Wanted. It was revealed that the suspect had an interest in pornography and was "extremely intelligent and talented, with an IQ of 185" [5]. This "evil genius" aspect of the crime only fueled the public fascination with it.

Other details uncovered by the media included the fact that Braunstein was contemplating stalking supermodel Kate Moss.
He has also been followed in great detail by gossip blogs such as Gawker, with the editor Jessica Coen going as far as creating a special Peter Braunstein section to document her findings. Even Craigslist had a hand in the story, as lengthy, elaborate posts from an anonymous source speculated about his whereabouts.

via the Wiki.

Go watch Devil wears Prada.
Boris is going to Paris.

Both of them.

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