For sale: Oak Beach Home; Gilgo Beach New York

The Oak Beach house from which an escort was seen running before her disappearance is up for sale.

According to real estate records, the two story wood-paneled beach house at 8 The Fairway was originally listed for $439,000.

The price was reduced to $399,999 in September.

Netter Real Estate, a realty based in West Islip, first listed the property March 8. The 2,400-square-foot house has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a full finished basement and is described as a “unique home with complete privacy” with “views of inlet to the south and Great South Bay to the north.”

The first floor features a living room, a dining room, an eat-in kitchen and two bedrooms along with a full bath. There’s a master bedroom with a full bath and a deck on the second floor. There is a private entrance to the basement, which features a family room, a laundry room and a full bath.

Annual property taxes will run $15,525.89, and an additional $3,200 a year in rent goes to Babylon because the 100-by-178-foot land the home sits on is owned by the town.

Shannan Gilbert, 24, of Jersey City, was last seen May 1, 2010, running from the home. Her disappearance sparked the discovery of 10 bodies in the Gilgo Beach area. Gilbert had been summoned by homeowner Joseph Brewer, who police say is not a suspect.

Pictures and more here. 

So, would you buy it?

I would hate to live there right now. All the traffic from people wanting to ‘look’. Trespassers have to be a major problem.

It is also a bit creepy over all.

 

Concerns Over Serial Killer Parole Hearings

Parole Concerns

Eyewitness News has learnt that police are extremely concerned about a series of parole hearings due to take place before the end of the year involving some of the country’s most notorious serial killers.

Correspondence between the police and the Department of Correctional Services shows that at least one parole report has been compiled without any mention of the fact that the applicant is a serial offender.

The police’s concern is that hearings could be held without the parole boards being given all the background facts.

However, the department said these kinds of cases are treated with extreme caution and few parole applications are actually granted.

A court ruling earlier in 2011 allowed certain prisoners serving life sentences to apply for parole earlier than expected.

Eyewitness News understands the police’s investigative psychology section has identified a group of around 10 serial killers including Stewart Wilken, Bongani Mfeka and Norman Hobkirk.

The section’s fear is that files detailing their crimes can get lost in the prisons system and that if a prisoner is transferred not all of his files travel with him.

This means parole boards risk making decision without having all the information.

However, the department is adamant the parole hearings are thorough and inmates who pose a danger to society will not be set free under any circumstances.

Retired sleuth Piet Byleveld has said these types of criminals cannot be rehabilitated and should remain behind bars.

 

This is not unheard of. Parole Boards do not always get to hear the full impact of the crimes that were commited. That is why so many victim’s families make sure to appear at all parole hearing, same thing with district attorneys.

Paperwork not only gets lost but sometimes they get scanned over instead of actually being read. I know that is not how it is supposed to work, but let’s be honest. Mistakes get made and in thhe case of releasing a violent criminal that mistake can cost lives.

I can not believe that these guys are on the list of prisoners that could get paroled. Aren’t there any non-violent offenders for the list?

Stewart Wilken

Stewart Wilken appeared in court on February 3, 1997, charged with the murders of his daughter and Henry Bakers. Over the months that followed, more charges were added as the police connected the crimes detailed in his confession with existing murder dockets. The final charge sheet listed 10 counts of murder and five of sodomy.

Both Dr. Micki Pistorius and Prof. Tuviah Zabow testified that serial killers in general and Wilken in particular cannot be rehabilitated. At least once during the trial, while Dr. Pistorius was testifying, Wilken asked to be excused to go to the bathroom. On his way he indicated to Sgt. Norsworthy that he was going to masturbate.

Bongani Mfeka

Samuel Bongani Mfeka was arrested on September 8, 1996, in KwaZulu Natal on a rape charge. While in custody Samuel pointed out six areas where the bodies of women who had been raped and strangled were hidden.
The first murder dates to 1993 following the discovery of a body in Carletonville. Another body was found in the veld in Vrede in November, 1994. The four other bodies have since been found in the Kranskop area. The last body found on September 8, 1996, was in an advanced state of decomposition. According to a police source, four of the bodies were found within easy distance of the suspect’s house in a rural area in KwaZulu Natal.
A police spokesman announced that Mfeka was also being questioned in relation to the 15 bodies attributed to the “Nasrec Strangler”. Although he has not been officially charged with the killings, they have spotted similarities between both killers. Detectives are also searching for another man who may have been an accomplice of the suspect. He too is wanted for questioning in connection with the Nasrec murders.

Norman Hobkirk

(From the court document)

1. All three victims had had their trousers and underpants removed and were left lying half-naked from the waist down.

2. All three victims had multiple injuries, way in excess of that which would be necessary to kill a person.

3. There had been actual physical contact between each victim and the aggressor.

4. All three victims were killed with a sharp instrument.

5. The victims had not apparently been robbed.

6. There were none of the usually apparent motives, such as anger, jealousy, greed and so on.

7. The victims were not in a position to put up much resistance. In the case of the first two the blood alcohol test, conducted as a result of the post-mortem examination, showed that they were under the influence of alcohol to a considerable extent at the time that they were killed. The third deceased was a frail elderly man.

8. The attacks took place in a highly localised area in Bertrams, Johannesburg, within a radius of 200 metres of each other.

9. The victims were all male.

10. In the last two cases the bodies of the victims had been burned after they had been killed. The killings bore the hallmarks of what is colloquially known as “a serial killer”. With regard to charge 1 the evidence of the state may be summarised as follows:

11. There was the testimony of the eyewitness Matilda Stigling, She was about 11 or 1 2 years old at the time that deceased 1 was killed. She had known the accused since she was 4 years old. They had lived in the same street in Bertrams. They were related to each other by marriage. On the late afternoon or early evening of 28 November 1992 she had been walking towards the Maurice Freeman Recreation Centre on her way to the shops. On her way she saw the accused attacking the first deceased with a brick and then grab him and attack him further. She then ran away. She had recognised the first deceased having seen him quite often in the area for some ten days prior to the incident. She told her mother about the incident upon arriving home. What she had seen had not been reported to the police because her mother did not want to get involved. 

These are not robberies gone bad or accidents, these are some very brutal killings. Why are they on a list for possible parole? It is scary that anyone in the same government that decided to put them on the list might have a say as to whether or not they get parole.

 

Another Serial Killer Victim Identified

After nearly four decades, a team of Harris County forensic scientists has identified one of the last victims of Houston serial killer Dean Corll as Roy Eugene Bunton, a teenager missing since about 1971.

Bunton was only 17 or 18 when he disappeared, possibly snatched up while hitchhiking by Corll or one of his two teenaged accomplices.

Harris County forensic anthropologist Sharon Derrick said Wednesday that Bunton’s body, which was recently exhumed as part of an effort paid for by National Institute of Justice, was identified through a combination of DNA and circumstantial evidence.

He was one of only two still unidentified victims of the serial killer, who tortured and kidnapped at least 28 Houston teens, forcing some to write false runaway letters to their families. Both of those bodies were found buried in a boathouse that belonged to Corll, whose murder spree ended when Corll was killed by his teenaged accomplice, Elmer Wayne Henley Jr., in August 1973.

Henley and another accomplice, David Brooks, were convicted in the teen murders and remain in prison.

Bunton’s body had previously been mistakenly identified as a different teen – Michael Baulch – an error discovered after earlier DNA tests in 2010.

In 1971 or 1972, Bunton left for work at a shoe store at Houston’s Northwest Mall and never came home.

Bunton’s sister, who still lives in Houston, first contacted Derrick, the forensic anthropologist, in 2009 about her fear that Corll had killed her missing brother. Like other victims, Bunton lived in the Houston Heights neighborhood where Corll’s family had owned a candy factory and where Corll trolled for local teens.

Derrick reviewed her files, but in 2009 found no unsolved cases that could have matched Bunton, an unusually long-legged teen with blonde hair and a wide smile who stood a full 6-feet tall.

That changed in 2010, however, when Derrick discovered an error that had been made back in 1973: A body buried in a family plot thought to be that of Michael Baulch, another Corll victim, was not Baulch after all.

Hints at identity

As she examined the newly disinterred body, she immediately thought of the call she’d gotten in 2009 from Bunton’s sister.

“As I kept working, I kept seeing things that reminded me of Roy Bunton. He would have gone missing at the same time and he was either 18 or 19,” she remembers. This boy too had unusually long legs. And when she checked for Roy’s photos in her files, the shape of the teeth matched too.

Bunton’s family plans a private burial. His sister declined comment through Harris County officials.

Corll’s victims were found in three different mass graves: four in St. Augustine on Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas; seven on the beach at High Island and 17 buried in the Houston boathouse.

In 2008, another long- unidentified boathouse victim was confirmed to be Randy Harvey, only 15 when he disappeared in 1971 after riding his bicycle to a gas station. In 2009, another positive ID was made of 17-year-old Joseph Lyles, whose skeletal remains were discovered in another mass burial site on High Island in 1983, the last of Corll’s known victims’ remains to be recovered.

Now, it is the last unidentified teen who haunts Derrick. She is hoping for yet another relative to call about this boy whose body was discovered buried near Bunton’s.

Clothing stands out

He likely went missing in 1971 or 1972. Two possible candidates, old unsolved missing persons cases, remain open from that era. But their last names are so common – French and Harmon or Harman – that Derrick has been unable to find any relatives.

The unknown boy died still wearing distinctive striped swim trunks, red white and blue, and a tan shirt with a huge peace symbol. When examined under a microscope, the shirt reveals several tiny letters that might be LB4 MF or possibly LBHMF. Was this boy or an older brother a U.S. Marine?

Derrick wonders if the letters might refer to the Third battalion of the 4th Marines, which saw action in its deployment to Vietnam. For now, he has only a case number: ML73-3356.

 

Serial killers better be on alert. Science is becomming their biggest enemy. Nothing makes me happier. I wish Ms. Derrick the greatest luck in identifying these victims.

For those who are wondering what happened to Michael Baulch he was a victim of Corll.

Of the 28 known victims of Dean Corll, Houston’s sadistic killer of the 1970s, all have been identified save two. But finishing the job and closing the book on one of the worst serial murderers in American history is proving an exasperating challenge.

Scientists with the Houston Institute of Forensic Sciences — the new name for the medical examiner’s office — encountered an unexpected wrinkle this week when they learned that one of the last two sets of anonymous remains are those of Michael Baulch, who disappeared in August 1972. Problem is, Baulch was already known to police as a victim, and what was thought to be his remains were buried along with those of his brother, Billy, another Corll victim.

So, if Baulch’s actual remains had been sitting for decades in a cooler at the ME’s office before finally being laid to rest in 2004, then who was buried alongside Billy Gene Baulch Jr.? It’s a question that cannot be answered until the casket is disinterred and the remains separated. The exhumation should be done sometime this fall.

The good news is that the Baulch brothers finally will be reunited. But the vexing mission of full identification lingers still for Sharon Derrick, a 53-year-old forensic anthropologist with the institute who has labored under the belief that mixing modern science with old-fashioned, painstaking detective work ultimately will yield a full roster of boys and young men who were abducted or lured to their death.

More here 

I hope that all of these families find peace.

One thing that I often wonder about as I read these stories is how do these victims remain unidentified? How can young men and women not be missed? I mean not be missed by anyone ever. How does that happen?

I know that in some cases the body is found in one state and the person went missing in another but still, it is hard to believe young people can go missing and not be missed.

Gregory Miley Agrees to 3 Year Continuance

Realizing that parole would be denied, “Freeway Killer” accomplice Gregory Matthew Miley agreed to a three-year continuance of his request until 2014.

The 50-year-old is serving a 25 years to life prison sentence in Corcoran for the kidnappings, sexual assaults and murders of two boys in Orange and Los Angeles counties in 1980. The boys were two of the 14 murder victims pinned to William Bonin, the first inmate to die by lethal injection in California.

Gregory Matthew Miley could have (IMO Should Have!) received the death penalty for his role in the kidnappings, sexual assaults and murders of two boys in Orange and Los Angeles counties the morning of Feb. 3, 1980. But because Miley helped put away “Freeway Killer” William Bonin the then-18-year-old was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas opposed the now 50-year-old Miley’s parole on grounds that he remains a “significant threat to public safety” as proven by the circumstances of the murders and multiple prison rules violations.

A sadistic Vietnam War veteran out of Downey, Bonin spent most of the seventies behind bars for sex attacks on young men. He was paroled in 1978 and got a truck driving job in Montebello.

Parole for serial criminals, especially those that are sexually motivated and / or violent needs to stop.

For the next two years, Bonin would pick up young male hitchhikers, sexually assault them, strangle them to death and leave their bodies along Southern California freeways. Bonin often used sadistic young helpers, one of whom was Miley.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 3, 1980, Bonin was driving his van with Miley aboard when they picked up 14-year-old Charles Miranda near the Starwood Ballroom in West Hollywood. They drove several blocks, parked, and then Bonin sodomized Miranda. Miley tried to do the same, but he was unable to sustain an erection. Bonin and Miley then tied Miranda’s hands and feet together, Bonin grabbed Miranda’s shirt, put it around the boy’s neck, and began twisting the shirt to suffocate him. Miley then held the shirt while Bonin picked up an iron bar, wrapped it in the shirt and twisted it until the victim suffocated to death. Miranda’s body was dumped in a downtown Los Angeles alley before the killers drove on to Huntington Beach.

Later that same morning, they lured into the death van 12-year-old JamesMcCabe, who was walking to Disneyland. As Miley drove, Bonin sexually assaulted McCabe. Once the van was parked, Bonin and Miley murdered McCabe by holding him down and twisting a shirt around the victim’s neck until he suffocated to death. McCabe’s body was placed in a dumpster in the city of Walnut.

It is not like he was uninvolved,  just kept his mouth shut. No, he was an active participant in the murders and would have been in the rapes as well if he could have kept it up. I am betting it was drugs that stopped him from being able to get an erection not the horror of their actions! He should have gotten the same as Bonin.

Why would we let this man out ever?

Miley was living in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 22, 1980, when, during a recorded phone conversation with a friend, he admitted to participating in the sexual assaults and murders of the two victims. Miley waived extradition on charges of murdering Miranda and McCabe, plus two counts of robbery and one count of sodomy.

During the latter months of his killing spree, Bonin was under police surveillance as some of his other accomplices had ratted him out to save their own skins. One, Vernon Butts, chose to hang himself in jail. Bonin was sentenced to death in 1982 for 10 LA County murders, and he received the ultimate penalty again the next year for four other Orange County killings. Bonin later told a television reporter his actual body count was 21.

Butts did the right thing, Miley should have followed his lead.

On Nov. 22, 1983–Miley was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for the Orange County murder. However, he was allowed to serve the time concurrently with his previous LA County conviction, also first-degree murder.

According to an OCDA statement, Miley has racked up 26 prison rules violations, including nine serious violations for threats against an inmate, sexual behavior for attempting to engage in non-consensual sodomy, refusal to report and remain in school, possession of unauthorized medication, renting out property to another inmate, failure to report, failure to comply with grooming standards, and responsibility for counts.

Because Miley cannot follow rules in a controlled environment, the OCDA reasons he won’t be able to once outside, making him a threat to the community. His drug use and the ugly nature of his crimes don’t hold out much hope either.

 I do not understand why we would ever even consider releasing a child killing serial criminal who can not even control himself in prison. He has tried to rape other prisoners for crying out loud. That should have added time to his current sentence and made him unable to be on parole forever.

That being said the charade of the hearings should also be stopped. The only thing that comes from these hearing are the cost to the general public, the poking at wounds for the family members and the killer getting extra attention from the board, lawyers and others that are attending the hearing.

Tax payers should not be paying for hearings that are just for show. Families should not have to deal with the trauma that this has to drag up every time there is a hearing when it is just for show.  The monster should not be allowed to put on his performance in front of the audience when there is nothing that can really be gained or lost.

 

Michael Wayne McGray Pleads Guilty

VANCOUVER — One of Canada’s most notorious serial killers, who once vowed prison wasn’t going to stop him from killing, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder and was sentenced to his seventh life term.

Michael Wayne McGray, age 47, pleaded guilty to killing his 33-year-old cell mate, Jeremy Phillips, at Mountain Institution on Nov. 22, 2010.

He was sentenced again to life without parole for 25 years. He was serving time for six previous murders.

The other 6 life terms did not teach him a lesson but I guess that seven is the magic number? I am sure that he will learn his lesson now.

The Correctional Service of Canada has never explained why McGray was moved into the medium-security Mountain institution, located in Agassiz east of Vancouver, and was double-bunked with the latest murder victim.

There is no reasonable excuse for moving a ‘person’ like McGray to a medium-secutiry prison. They screwed up. Plain and simple.

McGray once admitted to killing 16 people.

He said during an interview with the National Post a decade ago that he could kill again, even while in prison.

“Just because I’m locked up in segregation doesn’t mean I can’t kill somebody,” he said while in prison in Renous, N.B.

“I have a chance every day.”

During that interview, McGray described killing as “almost a hunger. It’s something I need. I have to have that physical release. When I kill, it’s a big high for me.”

Many serial killers speak about the “high” and or the “God Like feeling that they get from killing.

McGray is right, he has chances all the time to kill. Prison staff, contractors, visitors and other prisoners (as he has proven). There is no way to safely house a monster.

Convicted of six murders, McGray was moved from prison to prison until he wound up at the medium-security Mountain institution.

According to federal corrections and court documents, Phillips was a career criminal serving a six-year sentence for aggravated assault. He reportedly attacked a man with a baseball bat, fracturing his skull, after a soured drug deal in March 2006.

The assault occurred in Moncton, N.B., a few blocks from where McGray stabbed to death Joan Hicks-Sparks, 48, and murdered her daughter Nina, 11, in 1998.

In October, 1999, while awaiting trial for those murders, McGray was charged with the 1991 murders of two Montreal men, Robert Assaly and Gaetan Ethier.

He had been on a weekend pass from a Montreal prison and was bent on murdering homosexual men. He stabbed both victims to death.

Unbelievable.

Police investigating other cold murder cases in Canada began looking at McGray as a possible suspect.

In January 2000, McGray was charged with a fourth slaying, the second-degree murder of Mark Gibbons.

The victim had been McGray’s accomplice while robbing a Saint John, N.B., taxi driver in 1987. Hours after the robbery, McGray fatally stabbed Gibbons.

McGray also pleaded guilty to the murder of a 17-year-old hitchhiker, Elizabeth Gale Tucker, whose decomposed body was found in a Digby County, N.S., field in 1985. He was handed his sixth life sentence.

His seven life sentences are being served concurrently.

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Believe it or not he still has a chance of being released one day!

McGray will be 72-years-old before he will be permitted to apply for parole. His earlier convictions were for a series of murders committed in New Brunswick and Montreal.

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Why would he ever be allowed to apply for parole? He has been released on parole before and killed while out. Why would anyone ever consider trying it again?

Some might disagree with me but if there was ever a ‘man’ that deserved a death sentence McGray is him.

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

Mark Goudeau Gets the Death Penalty

Jurors imposed the death sentence on 47-year-old Mark Goudeau, known as the Baseline Killer, for the murder spree that terrorized Phoenix-area residents for 13 months beginning that August.

The six-woman, six-man jury deliberated for about seven hours before reaching a verdict in the penalty phase of the trial. Goudeau had been found guilty last month of murdering eight women and one man, along with 58 other crimes.

I know that he will probably die of old age in prison but due to the sentence he will have tighter security. He is less of a threat to the many that work for the prison or are in there for some other reason.

Goudeau, already in prison for sexually assaulting two sisters at a south Phoenix park in 2005, also spoke in court for the first time, chastising his attorneys and assuring jurors he was not the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” he was portrayed as.

“I am no monster,” he told the court.

I disagree Mr. Goudeau, as does Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. You are a monster.  Only monster’s hide in human skin while hunting, raping and killing humans.

Prosecutors said the attacks began in August 2005 when Goudeau pulled a gun on three teens on Baseline Road. He took them behind a church and sexually assaulted the two girls.

The first murder came a month later, when he killed 19-year-old Georgia Thompson in a parking lot outside her apartment complex, police said.

Goudeau’s final victim was Carmen Miranda, a 37-year-old mother of two taken from a carwash as she was talking on her cell phone near Goudeau’s home in June 2006, prosecutors say. Miranda was later found dead inside her car. 

May your remaining years be filled with what you gave to your victims.

 

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