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FIVE YEARS LATER, QUADRUPLE HOMICIDE REMAINS UNSOLVED

EGG HARBOR TWP.–It’s been five years since the bodies of four women were found behind a strip of motels along the Black Horse Pike, and their killer still remains on the loose. The prosecutor issued a statement on where the investigation stands half a decade later.

A tattered ribbon from a makeshift memorial is all that remains at the site where a grisly discovery was made five years ago, all other evidence has since been erased that just half a decade ago, it was the site of a major crime scene. The bodies of Kim Raffo, Tracy Ann Roberts, Barbara Breidor and Molly Jean Dilts were found face down in a shallow watery grave, their killer has never been caught.

“Nobody talks about it, nobody cares.” But Terry Oleson, the client of attorney James Leonard does. While he was never officially named as a suspect, he was the one thrust into the spotlight when his Salem County home was searched and he was questioned extensively in connection with the killings. “He’s still looked at as the guy who killed those four girls in Atlantic City,” said Leonard.

“It’s not uncommon for a serial murder case to last several years before a solution is found.” Dr. John White, a forensic psychologist is not involved with this case, but has studied serial killers extensively. “There are some serial murder cases that go 8, 9,10 years before the person’s caught,” he said.

Some believe not enough attention has been put into the investigation because the women were all involved with drugs and prostitution. “It’s very sad that five years later, for the most part, they’ve been forgotten,” said Leonard, who says he’s disappointed that no one’s yet been arrested.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor said in a statement that the investigation into the quadruple homicide remains active and ongoing, and that detectives continue to follow leads as they come in. The prosecutor said aggressive investigative efforts by his office and others continue.

“Statistically, most serial murders are caught, eventually,” said White, “you still have a lot that are not, but I have the highest confidence that this person is going to be identified sometime in the future.”

The prosecutor says along with his office and local departments that the United States Justice Department, the FBI, and state police, along with federal and state forensic laboratories are all involved in the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Major Crimes Unit by dialing
(609) 909-7800 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-800-658-TIPS.

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Right after the bodies were found on Gilgo Beach in New York this case came into the spotlight again. Everyone (myself included) wondered if this serial killer had moved to New York. Even the police wondered. I guess the 2 crime scenes were not connected since this story quickly drifted back into the shadows.

 

New York Serial Killer Base Profile

Known Victims To Date

Victims: Top (L to R): Molly Jean Dilts, Shannan Gilbert and Tracy Ann Roberts; Middle (Lto R): Melissa Barthelemy, Barbara Breidor and Kim Raffo; Bottom (L to R):Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Megan Waterman, Amber Lynn Costello

Criminologists have begun to piece together a profile of the serial killer responsible for the murder of up to 13 prostitutes in Long Island and Atlantic city.

According to experts, the man poilce are looking for is a white male in his mid 20’s to mid 40’s,  financially secure, well spoken and drives a nice car or truck.

Able to charm his Craigslist victims into a false sense of security, he will also have access to burlap sacks as part of his job and will have been treated for poison ivy infections received as he disposed of the bodies in thick undergrowth.

The New York Times came up with the chilling portrait after talking to retired and current criminal profilers familiar with the ‘Craigslist ripper’ case.

Speaking to the paper, Scott Bonn, an assistant professor of sociology at Drew University in Madison, N.J. said: ‘This is someone who can walk into a room and seem like your average Joe.

Who Is The Craigslist Ripper

Profilers have described the man as:

  • He is most likely a white male in his mid-20s to mid-40s
  •  He is married or has a girlfriend. He is well educated and well spoken.
  • He is financially secure, has a job and owns an expensive car or truck.
  •  He may have sought treatment at a hospital for poison ivy infection.
  • As part of his job or interests, he has access to, or a stockpile of, burlap sacks.

‘He has to be persuasive enough and rational enough that he is able to convince these women to meet him on these terms.

He has demonstrated social skills. He may even be charming.’

He is also, according to the experts, very familiar with the Long Island beaches where 10 remains have so far been found.

Jim Clemente, a retired FBI investigator in the agency’s behavioural analysis unit, added: ‘He did not stumble upon that location. He has some familiarity with it.’

The ‘Craigslist ripper’ case started in December after the disappearance of 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert, a New Jersey prostitute who advertised on the site.

Although her body has not been found, the remains of 10 others have so far been uncovered with Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, Amber Lynn Costello, 27, and  Megan Waterman, 22, the only identified victims so far.

Detectives have also investigated the possibility that the same serial killer may also be responsible for the deaths of  four prostitutes in Atlantic city in 2006.

On Long Island, police returned for another day to the area subjected to land, water and air searches by the FBI and New York authorities from Suffolk and Nassau Counties.

Their most recent discovery earlier this month was two sets of human remains, including a skull.

Nassau Detective Vincent Garcia said police hacked through brush with machetes and chainsaws and used shovels to dig through sand to look for clues.

‘When we found the skull, we were hoping if we went back in we’d find a little bit more,’ Garcia said.

Nassau officer James Imperiale said police found two human teeth about a foot from the skull. It appears the teeth are related to the skull but authorities will run tests to confirm that, he said.

Imperiale said police also found a shoe but were unsure if it was relevant to their search.

‘We’re not sure if it has anything to do with the investigation but we did take it away as well,’ he said.

Sources indicated to the paper that the killer may have a heavily ritualistic element to the way he carries out the murders.

As the first four prostitutes discovered all disappeared in July or September, Mr Clemente said: ‘There may be a seasonal nature to his connection to the area, or to his fantasy and ritual.

‘It may be the time his wife or kids or parents are away for the summer. There are many possibilities.’

The use of increasingly rare burlap sacks also provides another clue as to his modus operandi.

As burlap is no longer a commonly used material, it is more easily traced than plastic.

Mr Clemente added: ‘To me, it takes away from his forensic sophistication and criminal sophistication and adds to the possibility that he is more interested in this ritual aspect.’

The experts also focused on the sadistic element of his crimes, particularly the fact he repeatedly used one of the victim’s mobile phones to call and taunt her teenage sister.

Mr. Clemente said: ‘That gives me an idea that he is a sadist.

‘That would be reflected in his relationship and jobs.

He is the one who laughs when a cat gets run over or a kid falls off his bike. He likes the suffering of others, and he really likes it when he can cause it or witness it.’

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NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) — The killer who dumped women’s bodies on a Long Island beach east of New York City appears to be organized and methodical, profilers tell The New York Times. The newspaper interviewed several criminologists, including a former FBI profiler. Based on the information now public about the case, they said the killer is probably a white male with an age somewhere between mid 20s and mid 40s, intelligent, with some education and a job, who may live or have lived in the area near his burial ground. “This is someone who can walk into a room and seem like your average Joe,” said Scott Bonn, a sociologist at Drew University in Madison, N.J., who has researched serial killers. “He has to be persuasive enough and rational enough that he is able to convince these women to meet him on these terms. He has demonstrated social skills. He may even be charming.” So far, police have found 10 bodies on a stretch of beach off Ocean Parkway in Suffolk County but have identified only four. They all disappeared in the summer between 2007 and 2010 after advertising sexual services on Craigslist. Jim Clemente, who retired in 2009 as a supervisor in the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit, said the killer did not just stumble on his dumping ground. “He must have some familiarity with it,” he said. Behavioral analysis or profiling is not yet the exact science depicted on TV shows such as “Criminal Minds.” Thus the profile may not help police pick the killer out of the thousands of men who live in or visit that part of Long Island.

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One or two? Not enough information yet.

Barbara Breidor, Kim Raffo, Molly Dilts, Tracy Roberts

I have a habit of getting little obsessions and since this is my blog I am going to indulge myself here. I am sorry if I ramble and also sorry for how long this will be. Maybe it will end up as a few separate posts. *

For the last few days and nights I have been reading whatever I can find on the 4 murdered women found in New York 12/15/10 and the 4 dead women found in New Jersey 11/20/06. I have been trying to figure out if in my opinion there is one or two serial killers to blame. I keep bouncing back and forth due to lack of information in both cases.

I have went back and found as many article as I could on the New Jersey case but even with many years passing the police have released little. What I have been able to find out is:

  • All four women were facing the same direction, east, looking towards the boardwalk and the casinos. Although it was called a dump site the women had been placed there not simply thrown there like trash. I suppose the speculation about the killer carrying and placing the victims in a way that led to the all facing east could be valid but I don’t think that was the case. I think that they were placed there and their heads were turned to face the casinos on purpose. It brought to my mind Edmund Kemper who placed one of his victim’s in the yard facing his mom’s window. I do wonder if the killer wanted these women to look over at him as he did his work on the boardwalk.
  • All four were barefoot, no socks and no shoes. Although I saw reports of people talking about the prostitutes in that area running around without shoes this was late November in NJ. I think it would have been too cold for this to have been the case. It could have been a way for the killer to slow down any escape attempt but I tend to lean with those that think the killer had either a foot or a shoe fetish.
  • Two were strangled with either a cord or a rope. The other two were too decomposed to give a definite cause of death but I am willing to  guess that all were killed in the same manner.
  • All the woman were addicted to drugs or alcohol before they were killed. They were found to have very high amounts of the drug of their choice in their systems. I find this interesting since it implies that the killer could have given the women those large amounts as a way to entice them and or sedate them. It is not often that ‘working girls’ can afford very large amounts of their drug and in this case all 4 were able to obtain large enough amounts that it was notable by the police and the press. It also makes me wonder if he knew them or if he at least spent enough time with them to know their vices.
  • The women were all dumped (placed) within about a month and 1/2 of each other. They seemed to have been killed and discarded in a short time. The dump site was found was found within 24 hours of the last victim being put there.

Molly Dilts last seen 10/07/06

Barbara Breidor last seen 10/17/06

Tracy Roberts last seen mid November (07-15) 06

Kim Raffo last seen 11/19/06

Bodies discovered 11/20/06

  • The women were discovered in shallow running water, probably an attempt to wash away any evidence. It seems to have worked.

Once the bodies were found the killer seemed to have stopped killing.

Maybe it was that the bodies were found. It scared him. Made him stop for a while and he had to get his satisfaction just reading reports and following the investigation through the press. If he was like many other killers he knew a cop or a reporter or maybe someone that was in that area that would have been there when the police were there. He got his thrills that way, vicariously. It was enough to quell his want. That would only last for so long.

Then other things popped up and he did just stop killing. He might have, I know it is a popular idea that serial killers can not just stop but that is not entirely true. Just like the rest of us, serial killers have lives and sometimes their lives ‘interfere’ (for lack of a better word) with things like killing. Maybe he got a new job, had a new baby, got married, had a death in th family or any other ‘normal’ thing. The things that would normally take our time away from the internet, shopping, bar hopping, socializing; take a serial killer away from his fantasies, his ‘hunting’ and his killing.

All of that is possible. It is also possible that he did stop because his dumping and hunting grounds were discovered. Maybe he did stop the killing and enjoyed his ‘fame’ and the fact that the cops had no clue. He probably still stalked & hunted but because the police were so close he new that he he could not act on his desires. He also learned from his mistakes. He evolved and in doing so found a new way to hunt and a new place to dispose of his victims.

Hence the reason I still wonder if the two ‘dumping’ grounds are connected to the same killer.

There are many differences, some very important, that have me sitting on the fence. I can not say that he did start stalking on Craigslist so that his victims were not locals. I can not say that he did choose another place to place his victims.

I do not think that he just died or was arrested the day after the bodies were found.

I actually think that the ‘dumping grounds’ show that is very well could be 2 killers.

There were a few suspects in the New Jersey case but none were firm. Terry Oleson was the most ‘popular’ suspect. He was charged with video taping his ex’s daughter. I just do not think it was him. He might have been a slime ball but I do not think he was capable of these murders. Whatever else he did, on the limited information that I have I doubt he had anything to do with these killings.

I will go into the New York Victims soon. Then compare contrast and maybe then I can give an honest opinion without boncing back and forth.

This is over 1,000 words now and other things call so I will have to do that later.

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