The Suffolk County Police Department are among the most pathetic excuses for those sworn to serve and protect anyone.
They don’t give a single fuck about the murders of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, Amber Lynn Costello, Jessica Taylor, or Shannan Maria Gilbert.
They were all attractive young women in their twenties who, like myself, used Craigslist to post ads for erotic services back when they still allowed them.
Although the Suffolk County Police would like us to believe that Shannan Gilbert’s death was unrelated to the others listed above, as well as up to 10 other unidentified sets of remains found nearby, I strongly believe she was another unfortunate victim of the same Long Island serial killer.
How many sex workers have to be murdered before apprehending the killer becomes an actual priority for law enforcement?
I’ve been following this case closely for years now and none of it makes any goddamn sense.
My personal belief is that the cops are lying about Gilbert only because her family has been the most active in terms of seeking legal recourse and demanding answers.
They want to convince them that Shannan’s death is unrelated to the others because then they won’t have to find the person who murdered her.
Without the Gilbert family breathing down their necks for answers and justice, they can keep the case low on their list of priorities, where they think it belongs.
I’m sorry, but it’s insulting to anyone’s intelligence to suggest that Shannan Gilbert was not a murder victim when the last thing she did while still alive is call 911 and tell the operator that someone was “trying to kill her.”
She did not end up drowning in the marsh near Gilgo beach following that phone call. She was murdered and dumped there with a list of other sex workers, all killed by the same sadistic fuck who is still out there somewhere.
He may even be preying on prostitutes to this day, for all anyone knows.
Despite the cavalier attitude of both law enforcement and society in general, the Long Island serial killer’s victims are NOT disposable.
Assuming all sets of remains found in the vicinity are victims of the same serial killer, then Jessica Taylor is the victim who dates back the furthest.
In 1996, Taylor’s legs were found in a plastic bag on Fire Island, west of Davis Park Beach.
In 2003, her torso was discovered in the Pine Barrens near the site where another torso had been found three years earlier.
In 2011, Taylor’s skull, forearm and hands are found along Ocean Parkway, only 3/4 of a mile away from where four of the other bodies were found.
Yes, Taylor and more than one of the unidentified Jane Doe victims whose remains were recovered did seem to be disposed of differently than the four women this case is centered around.
The four women pictured above were found relatively close together along the beach and each were wrapped in burlap sacks, their skeletons intact.
While this may suggest that the dismembered victims were not killed by the same person, I think it’s awfully strange that some other psychopath with an appetite for prostitutes just happened to also be using close-by parts of the same beach as their body dumpster.
I spent the better part of a day reading Robert Kolker’s book ‘Lost Girls: an Unsolved American Mystery.‘
I’ll admit that while I do a lot of reading, books are not really my format of choice. In fact, the last time I read a book cover to cover was over ten years ago.
So you can imagine my surprise when after I began to read the book yesterday afternoon, I wasn’t able to stop for long before diving back into it. I finished it earlier today, devouring all 384 pages in nearly one sitting .
I highly recommend checking it out if you are at all interested in this case, he does a remarkable job of collecting interviews from everyone involved (no small accomplishment given the number of victims) and has done plenty of research on the women’s personal lives in order to give a realistic glimpse into each.
They are all treated as unique in this novel, which I appreciated more than some others might be able to. It was refreshing to get what seemed to me like an accurate representation of these women as individuals, rather than the common stereotypes many use in order to dismiss all sex workers and deny any differences that exist.
“Lynn and Jeff tried to file a missing-persons report. But for three days, the police deflected them… She’s a hooker, they told him. They weren’t going to assign a detective to something like this.”
However frightening it may be to let the words above sink in, this is the predominant attitude that not only law enforcement have of prostitutes, but society as a whole.
“I can’t believe they’re doing all this for a whore,” said one member of a TV crew.
Except for the part about there being over a DOZEN victims, all murdered and dumped on the beach like trash.
Over a dozen human beings, whores or not.
And this could just as easily be said about anyone.
‘I can’t believe they’re doing all this for a faggot.’
I can’t believe they’re doing all this for a retard.’
‘I can’t believe they’re doing all this for a welfare recipient.’
Do you think that’s how the families of these women viewed their loved ones?
What a fucking dumb fuck thing to say, I would like to count how many people show up at that loser’s funeral.
John J. Potterat, one of the nation’s leading epidemiologists, noted in 2004 that the leading cause of death for prostitutes was homicide.
You don’t say?
What a shocker.
Dormer’s chief of detectives, Dominick Varrone, called it a “consolation” that the killer didn’t appear to be “selecting citizens at large—he’s selecting from a pool.”
Ha! A consolation to whom, I wonder?
To the types of families who live in places like Oak Beach, perhaps?
To the “normal” people watching it all on the news from the safety of their homes?
To the most incompetent officers and detectives in the free world, without a fucking clue what life is like outside of their own common circumstances?
Amid all the confusion and uncertainty surrounding these strange circumstances, one thing remains clear: there exist only two possible scenarios in which the Long Island serial killer will be caught.
The first such scenario is if he decides to murder his next victim in broad daylight on a busy sidewalk for everyone to see and then turns himself into the police afterwards.
Sadly, this is the more likely of scenarios than the alternative.
That would be for people to start fucking caring about solving the case.