Only 1 Serial Killer for all 10 Bodies Say Police


NEW YORK (CNN) — After a nearly year-long investigation, police say they now believe 10 sets of human remains uncovered along a desolate stretch of Long Island, New York, beach are linked to a single killer.

“The theory is now that we’re dealing with one serial killer,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer told CNN affiliate WABC on Tuesday.

He noted the killer did not “necessarily do the same thing all the time.”

“What’s common here is the dumping ground,” he added.

There has to be more than just the dump site as a connection. The police know something that they are not releasing.

Dormer previously said that only the bodies of four females uncovered in December were thought to be the work of a serial killer or killers.

It is not clear what prompted the change.

Authorities have sifted through more than 1,000 tips related to the case. But it’s unclear whether they have shed any light on an investigation that has drawn state and federal agents and garnered national attention.

In June, police upped the ante in their search for a culprit.

The reward for information leading to an arrest — once topping out at $5,000 — was raised five-fold, making it the largest offered in Suffolk County history. It was an apparent bid to fill out a case that some fear has gone cold.

“We’re hoping the increased reward money will encourage somebody to come forward by calling the police in respect to the families and to (the) victims,” Lt. Robert Donohue said at the time.

At least 10 sets of human remains have been found in Nassau and Suffolk counties since December. But the woman whose disappearance triggered the searches, 23-year-old Shannan Gilbert, remains missing. The New Jersey woman was last seen in May 2010 at a private party at a home in Long Island’s Oak Beach community.

The first four bodies have since been identified. They, like Gilbert, had advertised for prostitution services on websites such as Craigslist.

Their remains were found among bushes along a quarter-mile strip of beachfront property, according to police. More human remains were found on March 29 and April 4.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said in May that the newly found remains were not believed to be connected to the first four victims. In September, authorities released composite sketches of what two unidentified victims might have looked like.

Authorities at the time said the evidence suggested two other killers dumped bodies along Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach, about 40 miles east of New York City.

“This investigation is not an episode of ‘CSI’ or ‘Criminal Minds’ that is going to be solved in a one-hour period,” Spota said of the serial killer probe. “Most likely, it … is going to take a very long period of time to complete.”

Spota was not immediately available for comment Wednesday regarding police statements that the killings are now thought to be the work of a single killer.

CNN 

“Because of the dumping ground, the sex trade business, the dismemberment, we have people in the police department that have other theories, but we are leaning towards that theory,” Suffolk County Police Chief Richard Dormer told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall.

CBS Local

Perhaps there is some type of ritual aspect to the dismembering?

The remains of 10 people — eight women, a man and a baby — were found strewn mostly along a remote beach parkway, but some body parts from those victims also were found on eastern Long Island and nearly 50 miles away on Fire Island. Police have identified only five of the 10 victims. Those five were all women working as escorts. The oldest remains are linked to a case 15 years ago.

Dormer believes nine of the 10 were somehow involved in the sex trade. The other, a female toddler, was linked by DNA to a woman believed to be her mother, Dormer said Wednesday. Their remains were found seven miles apart.

The remains of the Asian man have yet to be identified, but police have previously said he was found wearing women’s clothing, leading them to theorize he was a male prostitute.

Newsday

  1. It still maybe a case of two serial killers (or worse a gang of them) working together to muddy the whole crime scene. Or even more frightening, someone making snuff movies …remember the movie 8mm 😯

  2. Loon,

    I am doubting the snuff film angle. As far as I know there has never been a real snuff film made.
    A lot of fakes and some torture films (even some made by serial killers) but actual snuff, nope.

    Serial killers do not do well in gangs. Even pairs get caught much quicker than individuals acting alone and these murders have been going on for a while.

    Maybe 2 killers that happened to like the same area. Doubtful but possible.
    Or a 1 time killer and then a serial killer.

    I’ll keep my eye open for more information.

    • We had a series of unsolved murders of young boys (gigolos) a few years back and the police have long suspected it was a group of pedophiles. Because it is “sex crime” related, nothing would surprise me.
      As for snuff movies, I am sure there are some floating around, just not at Blockbuster 😯

  3. I hope he/they are caught in the not-too-distant future

  1. January 18th, 2012

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