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Texting Torture: Killer Messages Victim's Family

The killer kept the family thinking she was alive when she was actually dead



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    The presumed killer of a 24-year-old woman from Long Island -- who was brutally slain and then set on fire -- has been taunting the victim's family with text message from her phone.

    The tormenting messages were sent following the chilling discovery of Rebecca Koster’s body last Friday in a Connecticut field and portrayed the victim as a woman still alive crying for help, the New York Post reported today.

    The text was sent at 11:40 p.m. Sunday and said: "Dan has me tied up in a basement somewhere in Commack," the Post reported, and police responded to the home of Koster’s boyfriend, Dan Mayor, 28.

    He was last person to see Koster before she disappeared Friday.

    When police arrived at the scene, nothing was found. Mayor hasn’t been named a suspect and has not been charged

    Larry Ross, Koster’s stepfather told the Post, "It was driving us crazy. We were elated that we might find her, and then we didn't. These guys are just sick and twisted."

    There were more texts. Barbara Ross, Koster’s mother, received another message from her daughter’s number: "Don't tell Dan, or he'll kill me."

    Police believe the second text came from a Hauppauge parking lot near the Northern State Parkway.

    The family had hopes at this point, not knowing her body was already found in Stonington, Connecticut.

    The family was then notified by police when they determined the body found in the Connecticut field was hers.

    Barbara Ross was devastated.
    "She's my baby," Koster’s mother told the paper yesterday in her Medford home, while she looked though old photos with tears streaming down her face. What upset her more was that someone had used Koster’s phone to torment the family.

    "It was torture," she said.

    Koster’s last known whereabouts was inside Butcher Boys Bar and Grill in Holbrook where the home health aide and her boyfriend were standing next to a jukebox, a security camera showed.

    When Larry Ross watched the video, he said it looked like she wanted to leave.

    "Becky kept telling them, 'I want to go home,' " Ross told the Post. "On the video, you can see her waiting by the jukebox, waiting to go home."

    Sources told the paper that she was dropped home that morning but the family says she never returned.

    The stepdad thought it was peculiar that someone would try to frame Mayor, and doesn’t believe that

    "I went over to see Dan and I met him," the stepfather told the paper. "Dan was crying. He told me, 'I loved your daughter. I would never in a million years hurt your daughter.'

    "I don't know why they are trying to frame Dan. And why would Dan text us saying he did it?"

    Contact Connecticut State Police with any information regarding this case at (860) 848-6500.