Exclusive: America's Most Forgotten: 13-Year-Old Strangled by Illegal Alien
by CAROLYN COOKE, AMERICA’S MOST FORGOTTEN: THE VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIME
August 12, 2009
Editor’s note: This is the next in a continuing series about the forgotten victims of illegal alien crime – weekly stories you do not see in the mainstream media. America’s Most Forgotten is dedicated to all of the innocent people and their families who have been victimized by illegal aliens as a result of the refusal of our elected officials to enforce United States immigration law and to secure our borders. Americans remain unprotected from this unwanted invasion of unidentified people from across the world. No region of the country has been spared and the citizens presented come from all walks of life. Crisscrossing the nation, we have a predominantly African-American neighborhood in LA, then we skip to an affluent, successful woman in New York City and then to a rural Mississippi family hoping to escape big city crime and then to a Native American in small town. And on, and on, and on...
Connecticut – Christina Long
A 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and strangled to death by a 25-year-old illegal alien online predator.
By all accounts, Christina was a sweet, well-adjusted sixth grader. She lived with her aunt, Shelley Riling, in Greenwich, Connecticut, and attended classes at St. Peter’s Catholic School where she was an honor student, altar girl and head cheerleader. Shelley had custody of Christina as a result of her parents’ bitter divorce in the fall of 2001. She had been living with her father until her mother moved away to Utah. Apparently, both parents had a history of substance abuse problems.
In the spring of 2002, friends in Christina’s neighborhood noticed her absence from their usual after school activities and games. Christina had begun to spend time alone in her bedroom with her computer, talking to men twice her age in internet chat rooms.
When Christina went looking for attention from men via encounters on the web, she was possibly reacting to her parents’ divorce, her mother’s recent absence from her life and her move to Greenwich to live with her aunt. She was too young and naïve to consider the possible consequences of her risky behavior. Someone was waiting to take advantage of this child’s confusion.
Christina was lured to an encounter with an Internet predator who flattered her and promised her presents, knowing she was a minor. He had a screen name of Hot es300, a Lexus car model. His real name was Saul Dos Reis and he was a 25-year-old illegal alien sexual predator from Brazil. He found 13-year-old Christina while surfing sites in hopes of seducing underage girls to satisfy his sick perversion. Dos Reis arranged clandestine meetings with Christina.
Friday nights were the only nights of the week Christina was unsupervised. She would go to the Danbury mall with friends and her aunt, Shelley Riling, would pick her up at 9:00 p.m. sharp, every time. On Friday night, May 17, 2002, she could not find Christina.
Police discovered Saul Dos Reis, an illegal alien from Brazil, through e-mails he sent to Christina, talking about their sexual encounter one week prior, and their plans to meet the Friday of her disappearance. He asked Christina via email for provocative pictures to show off to his friends.
As an alibi for the night of May 17th, Dos Reis sent a long email to Christina saying how sorry he was they could not meet, but that he would see her again. Under questioning by police, he said they met, but he had taken Christina back to the mall and dropped her off.
In the end, Dos Reis confessed to strangling Christina after having sex with her in his car in the parking lot of the mall. He claimed her death was accidental. He also said he attempted CPR. Dos Reis did not call 911, nor did he summon assistance from anyone in the vicinity. Dos Reis led police to the secluded area where he dumped Christina’s lifeless body, face up, in a creek 25 miles away, in a remote ravine on the way to his home in New York. He had been driving around for an hour with the dead girl in his car.
Christina’s family, friends, classmates, and members of the faculty at St. Peter’s were devastated by her death and shocked by the unfortunate circumstances surrounding it. Classes were canceled on the Tuesday of Christina’s memorial service. Grief counselors were made available for students and their parents. The Rev. Albert Audette, pastor at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, expressed his sorrow. “It’s hard to imagine, much less to reconcile,” he said. “People make decisions we can’t fathom.”
Christina’s fifth grade religion and English teacher, Andrea Cappiello, said, “I’m so devastated. She was a very good student and a very good cheerleader. She was very spirited, just a doll.”
Christina’s Internet life was unknown to Shelly Riling. She would periodically check to see who Christina was communicating with online and could always identity the friends she knew from school. Riling felt she was safer at home under her supervision than out playing with friends. When she examined Christina’s Internet communications, she was stunned. In an interview with Mary Jane McKay of CBS News, Riling said, “I realized she was talking to strangers, not kids from school.” The discovery led her to more shocking descriptions of active sex life about which Riling had no idea. There was no way of knowing if Christina was simply fantasizing or if the encounters described in e-mails were factual.
Bruce Long still saw his daughter on weekends and stated that “there was no hint” that his daughter was meeting men through the Internet, in an Associated Press interview.
Dos Reis has been living illegally in the United States since he was 10 years old. He lived in Port Chester, New York, with his wife and worked in his father-in-law’s restaurant.
After charges were filed against Dos Reis, he did an interview on 60 Minutes II. He claimed not to be a sexual predator. Of his relationship with Christina, he stated, “I was just trying to be her friend.”
Dos Reis was convicted of manslaughter and sexually assaulting a minor. He sentenced to 30 years in prison. He also pled guilty to two federal charges of using the Internet to entice a minor for sex. Dos Reis received an additional 25 years in federal court on September 8, 2003. Christina was not his first victim. In 1998, officials found he had enticed at least one another underage girl to have sex with him.
From prison, Saul Dos Reis ran a personal ad on a commercial website for inmates looking for pen pals and girlfriends. Before it was pulled, the Greenwich Times reported it had a picture of Dos Reis in a tuxedo, promising “drawings, pictures and gifts,” a sure sign he is “targeting” children and young teenagers, said Shelly Riling. The advertisement said nothing about his conviction for sexual assault of a minor.
Dos Rios is serving his time at the expense of American citizens at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Rhode Island. If he were to be deported, he would no doubt find his way back into the country to prey on other young American girls because the United States government refuses to secure the border.
Americans should not have to live in fear in their own neighborhoods.
Enforcement legislation, passed by a few states, has led illegal aliens to leave because the magnets of jobs and taxpayer benefits have been removed. This is a dirty little secret that elected officials in Washington on both sides of the aisle do not want you to know.
Are you concerned about this epidemic of death at the hands of illegal aliens? Tell your elected officials what you think.
Click here for the United States House of Representatives contact information. FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Carolyn Cooke is an American citizen activist committed to the preservation of a sovereign United States.