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Long Island Serial Killer: Spota Disputes One Killer Theory


A path made by police leading to human remains, believed to be those of Shannan Gilbert, that were found on Tuesday.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said he doesn’t believe one killer is responsible for the murders of all 10 victims found near Gilgo Beach since December 2010 at a hearing Thursday in front of county legislators.


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Going against the current theory held by Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer, who recently said investigators believe one killer is responsible for all the murders, Spota testified before the Suffolk legislature’s public safety committee that he believes at least one more killer could be dumping bodies on Ocean Parkway.

Spota said his reason for his differing theory is that the one male victim who was discovered wearing women’s clothing  was killed differently than the others and a toddler’s body was also found in the brush.

Dormer has argued that all the victims were linked to the sex business, and the toddler, who is related to another victim, was the child of a probable sex worker.  But the district attorney says there is not enough information about the woman to assume that she was in the sex business.

The hearing comes only days after police found another set of human remains they believe are those of Shannan Gilbert, who disappeared on May 1, 2010 after meeting a client in Oak Beach.

The search for Gilbert led police to the 10 victims on Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach. Investigators do not believe her death is related to the Gilgo murders, but that she accidentally drowned in the marsh. The victims’ families disagree and maintain that Gilbert was murdered.

With AP

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