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Is the Long Island Serial Killer Ex-Law Enforcement?

Is the Long Island Serial Killer Ex-Law Enforcement?

Articles about the recent discovery of bodies near a Long Island, New York beach as seen in April 6 issues of Newsday and the New York Daily News newspapers on April 7, 2011 in New York. [AP]

Associated Press

April 11, 2011

LONG ISLAND – Law enforcement officials are considering that the eight bodies found along a Long Island barrier beach may have been dumped there by an ex-cop or other law officer, ABC News reports.

Authorities haven’t ruled out that the bodies were victims of multiple killers or that they are ritualistic murders carried out by an unknown number of people.

Yet evidence suggests that whoever killed the women may be a former law enforcement official, or someone familiar with law enforcement techniques. Investigators said the suspect or suspects may be knowledgeable of official procedures.

Police have been looking into numerous people with possible links to the four slain women who have been identified since the investigation began, and are also looking at people with regular access to the beach where the bodies were found, according to ABC News.

Investigators are also exploring possible links to the suspected serial killer who murdered prostitutes in New Jersey, officials have said.

One investigator familiar with the case and the behavior of serial killers believes if it is one person, he is organized and methodical about his procedures and probably above average intelligence. He said it appears the suspected killer usually lures people, kills them in one place and then disposes the body in another, ABC News reports.

Serial killers are often social, according to the investigator, and would appear to have a normal life with family and friends as opposed to being a loner.

The disappearance of 24-year-old N.J. resident and Craigslist escort Shannan Gilbert led investigators to the Suffolk County beach spot late last year where they found four skeletal bodies of female prostitutes. Four more bodies that have yet to be identified were found when officers returned to the area in the past two weeks, but all eight were found within a three-mile radius on the north side of the parkway, reports.

None of the found victims, however, is Gilbert, whose case remains open.

A Suffolk County investigator who declined to be identified because of the ongoing case told The Associated Press that detectives are taking a methodical approach to finding the suspect, poring over credit card records of the victims to track their movements and where they spent their money in the area, reports.

Cell phone calls made by the women are also being tracked, and computer records of their communications and appointment records have also been viewed.

“These kinds of investigations have to take slow steps; you don’t want to jump to conclusions,” Katherine Ramsland told MyFoxNY, a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., and author of “The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation.”

“They are looking at the evidence to determine what may be similar about the victims, but they also want to look at dissimilarities,” she said.

  • Cot_max50


    over 3 years ago


    is the killer a garbage man? how about a cashier? or maybe a fast food worker? nope, it just doesnt grab the headline like "ex law enforcement" does.

  • 2011_range_day_2-19-10_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump of the below posts.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Bump to Oncethere and 95Zcar.By claiming this the medfia is simply wanting to sell something they consider exciting.Anybody who watches C.S.I. or any of these leo type shows can pick up on these things.

  • Fidel_pd_uniform_shot_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This is B.S., but before adding my two cents, Newsday reports that an additional two bodies were found today, April 11th on the Nassau County side of Ocean Parkway.

    After the murder of one of the girls, an unknown male made about a dozen phone calls to the sister of the deceased using the deceased cell phone. NYPD was able to track the calls to mid-town Manhattan. The area where all of these bodies have been found is used by many folks in NYC as summer homes, either leased or owned. Anyone who has ever traveled this area on the Ocean Parkway knows that it is very quite and not heavily patrolled by the police. You don't have to be in Law Enforcement to know this.

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    over 3 years ago


    So just LE is familiar with law enforcement techniques and practices?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    The Police Department in Wichita, Kansas also thought that the BTK Serial Killer was also an Ex-Cop, but we all know they were mistaken. They had over 5,000 suspects and I wonder just how many were active or ex law enforcement officers? I also wonder how many apology letters were sent to these "Suspects"? I am willing to bet NONE.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    I've been studying serial killers for about 2 years now, and that's the thing about serial killers...they could be ANYONE! "Unleashing the monster within is a possibility for all of us." -America's Serial Killers: Portraits in Evil Documentary I really do hope this serial killer isn't someone involved in the field of law enforcement, though. Its a scary thought. To be honest, I doubt its a law enforcement officer, but like I said before, when it comes to serial killers, they could be anyone.

  • Prince_hall_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Mmmmm not sure why they would say that the person of interest is LEO, there are more than enough police shows out there who encourage people to try and be smarter than us. I can only surmise that the paper is trying to get its sales up at the expense of the local police. Good job Daily News and News Day for helping Joe public distrust us more. Try reporting how officers pooled their money together so that they could purchase some food and a space heater for a family whose father was sick and in the hospital. It’s safe to say that 90 percent of the police officers are doing great things and the other 10 percent were victims of no officer left behind and were passed through Field training but that’s another subject.

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump Wiseass. That is a much better headline to grab peoples attention. When they finally catch the person(s) responsible and it turns out to be someone other than someone who is in LE I wonder if they will apologize? Never mind, I know the answer to that! So if the killer(s) know some LE procedures he must be an ex-LEO? Maybe he watches TV shows. This Dr. Ramsland has even made the statement to not jump to conclusions! So what do the writers of this article do? That's right, jump to the conclusion that the suspect is or was a cop. Very sad.

  • John_groh_max50


    over 3 years ago


    " Authoritiies haven't ruled out that the bodies were victims of multiple killers or that they are ritualistic murders carried out by an unknown number of people" BUT THE HEAD LINE IS ! IS THE LONG ISLAND SERIAL KILLER EX-LAW ENFORCEMENT. Just because evidence suggest that the person or persons involved are familiar with law enforcement techniques. Hell anyone who watches TV these days could be familier with law enforcement techniques with all the investigative shows such as Forensic Files, The Investigators, First 48 and a dozen others. Naturally the press jumps all over the COULD BE A COP angle. Never did like the press or TV reporters for that matter. They only write or say what they want to beliieve and never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

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