The Long Island beaches from where the remains of ten murder victims have been discovered so far could have been used by as many as four serial killers, it has emerged.
It is clear that the area in and around Gilgo Beach has been used to discard human remains for some period of time. As distasteful and disturbing as that is, there is no evidence that all of these remains are the work of a single killer,' Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.
The police say it is safe to conclude that all the Craigslist prostitutes whose remains were found on the beach were killed by the same person. The four identified victims are Maureen Brainer-Barnes, 25, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, Amber Lynn Costello, 27 and Megan Waterman, 22.
The police launched a massive search of the area a year ago while they were investigating the disappearance of another Craigslist escort, Shannan Gilbert. But her body has not yet been found.
The latest victim whose identity was established was Jessica Taylor, a 20-year-0old girl who worked as a prostitute in Washington who was briefly in New York. She had disappeared in July 2003. Her body parts were found strewn over a 40-mile stretch on the Long Island beach.
The remains of another unidentified woman too have been discovered from the same area. The police say the manner of the disposal of these bodies point to the same murderer, these cases could be unrelated to the Craigslist murders.
And then there were the cases of two more murder victims whose body parts were found from the area. These were probably an Asian man in his early 20s and a child.
“While the toddler was found only 250 feet away from Jane Doe No. 6, there is no indication so far that they are connected,” Spota said, suggesting that another killer could have been behind this murder. There is no evidence at all of any attempt to conceal the identity of the child.”
According to the police, the circumstances of the death of the Asian man appeared to be different from those of other victims who have been identified, suggesting that a fourth killer could have used the place to dump bodies.