What classifies someone as a serial killer? The FBI defines a serial killer as a person that kills three or more people with a cooling off period – that is what makes them different than a mass or spree murderer. Some reports have as many as fifty active serial killers in the United States at the moment. So, lock your doors tonight.
Serial killers are often the product of their experiences and environment, but most of all their biological makeup. What makes someone do such a thing? The Long Island Serial Killer is no different than the others chasing ‘easy targets’ that go willingly. Are there any more bodies out there? Is the killer still stalking victims from Craigslist and dumping their bodies somewhere else?
I address these and many more questions live on Long Island News Radio 103.9 FM with host Jay Oliver (see links below). We delve deep into the investigation into the Long Island Serial Killer in Suffolk County – what went right, what’s gone wrong and what needs to be done. Who is responsible for the remains of seventeen victims – ten found in the bramble along Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach? How many serial killers are out there on Long Island? Is the killer a local person? I think he is someone that is very familiar with Long Island, especially that stretch of parkway in the middle of nowhere.
The list of victims found found along Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach:
Melissa Barthelemy – body discovered on December 11, 2010
Megan Waterman – body discovered on December 13, 2010
Maureen Brained-Barnes – body discovered on December 13, 2010
Amber Lynn Costello – body discovered on December 13, 2010
Jessica Taylor – skull and hands discovered on March 29, 2011 – her torso was found in Manorville in July 2003
Asian male in women’s clothing – discovered on April 4, 2011
Female child (16-32 months) wrapped in blanket – discovered on April 4, 2011
Jane Doe – skull and hands found – not mother of child -discovered on April 4, 2011
Jane Doe #2 – mother of child – discovered on April 12, 2011
Jane Doe #3 – skull found – discovered on April 12, 2011
In any serial killer investigation, detectives must try to identify the first victim – this is where the perpetrator most likely made mistakes and / or left evidence behind at the crime scene. If I were looking into the case, I’d start with Melissa Barthelemy and not because she was the first one discovered. The killer contacted Melissa’s sister a number of times and harassed her over the phone. He never did it again.
Why did the killer dismember two victims and not the others? The two victims that were dismembered were picked up off the street where someone could have seen or identified him so he had no choice. He even took the time to try and obliterate a tattoo. The other victims were all coaxed into meeting him from the Internet so there was no fear of identification.
Let me know what you think about the case in the comments below.