MA: Investigation continues in homicide – Young Brazilian woman murdered on Main Street

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
By Independent Staff

The stabbing death of a 26 year-old Everett woman early Friday morning between 1:30 – 2:30 a.m. outside of the 154 Main Street building where she lived has led to an intense hunt for her murderer.

Sheila Santos, an immigrant from Brazil, who worked as an exotic dancer at a club in Stoughton, was found by the building superintendent where she lived at 4:32 a.m. Friday morning, said Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone.

Sources said that Santos had feared for her life and had apparently made complaints to the Everett police department claiming she was being followed and harassed. Continue reading

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MA: Man Questioned In Slaying Of Exotic Dancer

Sources Say Man Romantically Interested In 26-Year-Old

POSTED: 8:23 pm EDT October 3, 2009
UPDATED: 8:57 pm EDT October 3, 2009

EVERETT, Mass. — As the investigation into the slaying of an exotic dancer from Everett continued Saturday, sources said that one of the people being questioned by police is a man who had expressed a romantic interest in the 26-year-old woman.

NewsCenter 5’s Cheryl Fiandaca reported that Sheila Santos, who was found dead outside her apartment early Friday morning, had spurned the romantic advances of the man.

Santos was a Brazilian immigrant who was employed as a dancer at Club Alex’s in Stoughton. Police said she was killed shortly after she finished a shift at the club and left to return home.

Family members said that Santos had grown increasingly worried in recent weeks that she was being followed home. Continue reading

MA: Cops probe Everett slay

Sheila Santos.

Sheila Santos.


Exotic dancer found murdered
By Laura Crimaldi and O’Ryan Johnson
Saturday, October 3, 2009 – Updated 1d 3h ago

A Brazilian immigrant who made her way in the United States as an exotic dancer performing in Boston-area clubs was found brutally murdered yesterday morning outside her Everett apartment building, authorities said.

Sheila Santos, 26, a dancer at Alex’s Restaurant in Stoughton, was found by her building superintendent at 4:32 a.m., said Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone. He said Santos suffered serious, obvious injuries, but declined to say how she was killed.

Investigators said Santos left her job at Alex’s at 1:15 a.m. and drove directly to her apartment at 154 Main St. Leone said Santos was attacked between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. The building superintendent happened upon her body two hours later. Continue reading

MA: Friends mourn slain dancer

By Jessica Fargen
Sunday, October 4, 2009 – Updated 7h ago

Police yesterday continued to hunt for the person who murdered an exotic dancer, as friends and Everett neighbors mourned a woman they described as vibrant and gentle.

The bloody body of Sheila Santos, 26, a Brazilian beauty who danced at Club Alex’s in Stoughton, was found before dawn Friday outside her Main Street apartment building. She had apparently just returned from work.

A spokesman for Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone yesterday said it’s still too early to say if the killing was random. Continue reading

MA: Slain dancer had said she worried for her safety

Sheila Santos moved from Brazil in 2006

Sheila Santos moved from Brazil in 2006

By John R. Ellement and Brian R. Ballou
Globe Staff / October 3, 2009

EVERETT – Police questioned a man last night in connection with the slaying of a 24-year-old exotic dancer outside her apartment early yesterday morning.

Sheila Santos was attacked and killed outside her Main Street apartment building shortly after she finished work at Club Alex’s at around 1:15 a.m. Her bloody body was found on the cement stairs leading to the rear door of her multiunit apartment building, just steps away from her black Honda CR-V, according to neighbors and police.

There were no details last night on the man being questioned.

Santos had grown increasingly worried in recent weeks that someone was following her home from her job at the Stoughton strip club, her sister, Ana Paola Santos, said yesterday after she rushed to the police station last night.

“Last week, she told me she didn’t want to work there anymore, because she was scared,’’ said Ana Santos, 25, wiping tears as she sat yesterday evening at her kitchen table in her Malden high-rise apartment. “She told me she couldn’t wait to change apartments.’’ Continue reading

MA: Judge upholds strippers’ pay suit

Scores of dancers claiming thousands; Chelsea club may appeal, lawyer says
By Jonathan Saltzman
Globe Staff / August 11, 2009

About 70 strippers who worked at a Chelsea club are each entitled to recover thousands of dollars in damages in a class-action lawsuit because their employer misclassified them as “independent contractors,’’ depriving them of wages and tips, a judge has ruled.

The suit, which a lawyer for one of the strippers described as the first of its kind in Massachusetts, seeks to recover money they should have received at King Arthur’s Lounge in Chelsea since 2004.

King Arthur’s Lounge, a club that has been the scene of more than one notorious crime, did not pay the strippers any salaries, required each to pony up $35 to perform each night, and kept $10 of every $30 that each made for “private dancing’’ in secluded booths, according to a state judge who granted a stripper’s motion for summary judgment on the issue of liability. Continue reading

Former Spearmint Rhino dancer sues club in labor dispute

By Scott Hadly (Contact)
Thursday, July 30, 2009

A former exotic dancer for the Spearmint Rhino in Oxnard has sued the adult nightclub chain in federal court, saying she and other dancers should be given rights as regular employees.

The woman, who is referred to in the suit as Jane Doe 2, is one of two women who say dancers at the company’s clubs in California and Nevada worked like regular employees but were treated like independent contractors.

“It’s commonly done in clubs,” said Hart Robinovitch, the women’s Arizona attorney. “They have them contract out their services, but under federal law if someone job matches the characteristics of an employee they are an employee.”

The two women are seeking back wages, tips, attorney fees and damages, but no amount is specified. Continue reading