The Long Island Serial Killer is Not Alone «

    The Long Island Serial Killer is Not Alone

    Ten sets of human remains have been found along Ocean Parkway and Jones Beach Parkway running east of Jones Beach along the south shore of Long Island, N.Y. The coast is a maze of bogs, marshes, inlets and ponds. Barrier islands buffer the wetlands from the seas of the North Atlantic. The first four bodies were discovered in December as police searched for a missing woman. Four more bodies were discovered in March and two additional sets of remains in the past week. The original missing woman was never found. The police are being assisted by the FBI. Searches of the area have been conducted on foot, on horseback and by aircraft. The forensic circumstances around the bodies that have been found suggest the possibility of at least two different killers. New York’s most prolific serial killer, Joel Rifkin, denies any of the bodies are his. Rifkin has confessed to 17 murders. In an interview with Newsday, he suggested there may be two killers. He believes the four sets of remains found in December and the six sets discovered since then are the work of two people. Four of the victims Rifkin confessed to murdering have never been found. Serial killers are stalking their victims every day across the United States. The FBI believes that at any one time there are 30 to 50 serial killers active in the United States. In 2009, the agency launched its Highway Serial Killing Initiative to address murders where bodies are found just off interstate highways. Analysis at that time found over 500 potential victims with a list of 200 potential suspects. The Zodiac Killer has never been caught. In 1969 and 1970, this serial killer was active in Southern California. His taunting letters to the police, with codes and symbols, earned him his nickname. He claimed 37 victims but the confirmed number is much smaller. Suspects were identified over the years and ruled out as the science of forensics became more accurate. The Philadelphia neighborhood of Frankford was the haunt of the Frankford Slasher. While a man was convicted of one murder, eight others remain unsolved. Nine women were killed from 1985 to 1990. Curiously, during this same period of time, two other serial murders were caught and convicted for unrelated crimes. Gary Heidnik practiced cannibalism on the women he held chained in his home. Harrison Graham was discovered to have the bodies of seven women in his home. He had strangled each of them during sex. The Double Initial Murders remain a mystery in Rochester, N.Y., more than 35 years later. Three little girls, ages 10 and 11, were raped and killed from 1971 to 1973. All three had the same first letter in their first and last names, CC, MM and WW. A recent arrest in California has suggested that the murderer may have been found. Suspect Joseph Naso has been arrested for murders committed in 1977 and 1978, and 1993 and 1994. All four female victims had names with double initials. One of the four actually has the identical name to one of the Rochester murder victims. The FBI has released a comprehensive report on serial murders. It contains investigative suggestions as well as profile data and is the product of the famous Behavioral Analysis Unit featured in television shows such as Criminal Minds.

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