Murder of Imette St. Guillen - Legacy


According to New York's NightLife Association, since St. Guillen's death, crime rates around bars and clubs in New York City have decreased. Her death was one of several high-profile incidents of women murdered after leaving a nightclub. The combined media scrutiny resulted in new and modified laws governing nightclub operations.

Soon after authorities realized that a bouncer may have been the perpetrator, nightclub owners and local politicians met to discuss ways to improve nightlife safety. In February 2007, New York City enacted a law requiring security cameras at the entrances and exits of the 200 nightclubs that held a cabaret license. City officials were also empowered to close any business that hired an unlicensed bouncer.

New York City club owners also agreed to voluntary guidelines which encourage the use of scanning machines to record the identification of their patrons and also encourage screening patrons for weapons. The guidelines also provide for more care in dealing with intoxicated female patrons who are alone.

The following month, Boston enacted a similar law, requiring all nightclub and bar owners to conduct criminal background checks on their employees. At the same time, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino signed an executive order authorizing the cancellation of liquor licenses granted to anyone found to have hired a violent felon.

A joint fundraising effort by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, the Association for a Better New York and the New York Daily News resulted in the Imette St. Guillen Scholarship for second-year students at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Past recipients of the scholarship have included Joanne Vespe, Kevin Barnes-Ceeney, Shea Donato, and Negar Farshbaf. Another scholarship in her name was endowed at Boston Latin School. St. Guillen's family also has created the Spirit of Imette Foundation, intended to support education for underprivileged children.

The murder has been fictionalized in the novel Killer Heat, by Linda Fairstein, and in Angel's Tip by Alafair Burke. This book deals with "a female NYPD detective who cracks the case of a beautiful student brutally slain after she exits a club."

New York band Interpol wrote a song titled "Pioneer to the Falls", which is believed to reference St. Guillen's murder. The title of the song most likely refers to the journey that St. Guillen made, walking on Spring Street from the Pioneer bar to The Falls bar.

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