Brewer’s guest list April 30, 2010
(According to Michael Dougherty, Massapequa Park, NY)
Joseph Brewer was living in a beach home owned by his mother at 8 The Fairway, Oak Beach, NY on April 30, 2010. He invited Shannan Gilbert after she finished her work in the city. He spoke with Michael Pak to invite Shannan to his home in Oak Beach. Michael Pak drove Shannan to Brewer’s home in the wee hours of May 1, 2010. Shannan arrived approximately 2am at Brewer’s home on May 1, 2010.
There was seldom any trouble in the area, and certainly not at this hour, so it was a surprise when 75-year-old Coletti opened the door to find Shannan Gilbert. Petite in stature, with streaked blonde hair, wide, wild eyes, and wearing a tank top, jeans, and a leather jacket, the 23-year-old was obviously disoriented and desperate for some kind of sanctuary. “She seemed like she was drugged out,” Coletti tells Maxim. “She could hardly stand.”
…shortly before midnight, she received a response to her Craigslist ad. The appointment was out on Long Island, which was farther than Shannan liked to work—most dates kept her close to the city—but the money was too good to refuse, so she and her driver, Michael Pak, headed out. The drive was uneventful, but Pak later remarked how dark, isolated, and creepy the area was. Around 2 a.m. they arrived at the gate of the Oak Island Beach Association, where the client, Joseph Brewer, was waiting. An out-of-work financial adviser, the 46-year-old Brewer had recently separated from his wife. Neighbors described him as slightly suspicious, skirting association rules. But he’d never caused any real trouble.
What happened next is unclear. According to Pak—who was waiting outside in the SUV—Brewer came out shortly before 5 a.m. seeking help. Inside Pak found Shannan cowering behind a couch, screaming that “they” were trying to kill her. She seemed disoriented, but when Shannan refused Pak’s entreaties to leave with him, the driver returned to the SUV to wait it out.
Within minutes Shannan burst through the door, past Pak and the SUV, and headed straight for the lights of Gus Coletti’s house five doors down.
As Coletti recalls, the police arrived later that morning for a cursory checkup, but it was months before they took up the search in earnest. “It wasn’t until the middle of August that a detective from missing persons knocked on my door and said, ‘We’re looking for Shannan Gilbert, and we would like to know from you what she was wearing,’ ” says Coletti. “So I told them all I knew, and then I asked, ‘Why four months later?’ ”
Brewer said earlier this week that Gilbert had spent an hour at his home in the early morning hours of May 1, the day she went missing.
—Does Brewer not realize that 2am-5am doesn’t add up to one hour?—
Meanwhile, a man who said he was Gilbert’s driver that day told The Jersey City Journal that her client phoned him and said Gilbert was refusing to leave. The driver, who didn’t want his name used, said he found Gilbert on the phone telling a 911 operator that a man was after her, the newspaper said. She then ran out of the house.
A neighbor said the same woman appeared at his door at around 4:45 a.m.
“I heard screaming at my front door,” said Gustav Coletti. “She was saying, ‘I need help, I need help, they’re after me,”’ Coletti told The Associated Press. He told the woman he was calling the police, but she immediately turned around and fled, he said.
A few moments later, a man in an SUV drove past the house and told Coletti he was looking for the woman. Coletti said the driver, whom he could only describe as Asian, told him they had been at a party and the woman had become upset.
“He took off after and I waited for the police,” he said. That was the last he saw of either.
It was around 3am when Shannan made a call to a CVS with a 24 hour pharmacy located 8 miles from Brewer’s home. My first impression was that this was because CPH had written a prescription and that she was calling to confirm she could fill the prescription. Could this have been a premeditated attempt to frame CPH? Was the pharmacist aware of drug deals taking place in the CVS parking lot? Was Shannan being used to buy pseudophedrine, to be used in the production of crystal meth?
Shannan spent 20 minutes on the phone with MP after the call to CVS. The trip to CVS has been admitted and denied by those seemingly in the know on LISK.com. I lean more toward Shannan leaving the Oak Beach neighborhood than the opposite.