October 10, 2001 10:13am
Hijack Suspects Looked for Hookers in Boston
(BOSTON, MA) -- Some of the hijackers accused in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States spent their last nights in Boston looking for illicit sex, trolling for prostitutes as they prepared to crash two planes into the World Trade Center, Boston newspapers reported Wednesday.
On the night before the attacks, four of the suspects called several Boston escort services, asking how much it would cost for prostitutes to have sex with them, The Boston Globe reported, quoting law enforcement sources.
``It was going to be really expensive and they couldn't come to a consensus on price,'' a law enforcement official told the Boston Globe. ``Either they thought it was too extravagant or they didn't have enough money left.''
A driver for a pair of local escort services told the Boston Herald that on Sept. 9 he drove a prostitute twice to a suburban hotel where two of the accused hijackers stayed.
``She went there earlier in the day and then later that night,'' the driver told the Boston Herald. ``She saw just one guy when I drove over there.''
Authorities believe a group of hijackers used Boston as a staging area before boarding two doomed flights at Logan International Airport. Other news organizations have reported that some of the suspects spent time at bars and strip clubs in Florida, New Jersey and Las Vegas.
A woman who advertises ``adult services'' in a local weekly newspaper told The Boston Globe she was interviewed by the FBI three days after the attacks to look at pictures of men she might have seen in local hotels.
The Sept. 11 attacks on The World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon killed more than 5,500 people.