Who is the Long Island Serial Killer?

In 2011, The Suffolk County Police Department announced the unveiling of 10 bodies during the initial search for Shannan Gilbert, along the south shore of Long Beach, New York. The Long Island Serial Killer has yet to be apprehended.



An escort named Laenne stated she had performed services on a man named James Burke, a Suffolk County police chief, and claimed he had ties to the Long Island Serial Killer. Laenne claimed he violently yanked her while performing oral sex on him, to the point of her crying, he was unable to orgasm, threw money at her, and left. It is reported Burke blocked an FBI probe on the long island serial killer case while he held the position of the police chief. In November 2016, Burke was indicted on charges of the physical assault of a man who had stolen his duffel bag filled with sex toys and pornography. After having previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice. called for another autopsy and it was concluded her body appeared to have signs of strangulation. on.


From the moment Shannan Gilbert disappeared her mother, Mari Gilbert, had advocated that something heinous occurred to her daughter that night, searching the neighborhood and surrounding areas collecting her own evidence, like Shannan’s earring. Once the official search for Shannan begun, police officials were not prepared for they were about to unearth.


“There’s someone after me… they’re going to kill me..”

The search for Shannan Gilbert led investigators to uncover 10 full skeleton bodies in the Long Beach Area. On November 29th, 2011, at a press conference, police announced their theory of 1 culprit being behind those 10 murders, with a prudent certainty the suspect being from the Long Beach area dubbing him, The Long Island Serial Killer. Fearing Shannan fell victim to the same perpetrator, Meri Gilbert, demanded police to search a marsh that had gone unchecked, police claiming this marsh would have been impossible for Shannan, a 100 pound girl, to maneuver.


The search for Shannan Gilbert led investigators to uncover 10 full skeleton bodies in the Long Beach Area. On November 29th, 2011, at a press conference, police announced their theory of 1 culprit being behind those 10 murders, with a prudent certainty the suspect being from the Long Beach area dubbing him, The Long Island Serial Killer. Fearing Shannan fell victim to the same perpetrator, Meri Gilbert, demanded police to search a marsh that had gone unchecked, police claiming this marsh would have been impossible for Shannan, a 100-pound girl, to maneuver.


The Victims:


The identified victims confirmed to have suffered at the hands of the Long Island Serial Killer are:


· Maureen Brainard-Barnes, a 25-year-old escort of Norwich Connecticut, vanished on July 9th, 2007, before telling a friend she planned “to spend a day in New York City”.


· Melissa Barthelemy was living in the Bronx of New York making a living as an escort, just 24 when she went missing on July 10th, 2009.


· Megan Waterman, 22, disappeared on June 6th, 2010, while staying at a hotel just 15 miles north of where she was discovered.

Victims of the Long Island Serial Killer

· Amber Lynn Costello, 27, went missing on September 2nd, 2010 after going with a stranger in pursuit of her services.


· Jessica Taylor was 20 when she vanished in July 2003.


· On May 28th, 2020 police identified Valerie Mack, 24, of Philadelphia as the last identified victim of the Long Island Serial Killer. The 3 other victims remain unidentified.


An escort named Laenne stated she had performed services on a man named James Burke, a Suffolk county police chief, and claimed he had ties to the Long Island Serial Killer. Laenne claimed he violently yanked her while performing oral sex on him, to the point of her crying, he was unable to orgasm, threw money at her, and left. It is reported Burke blocked an FBI probe on the long island serial killer case while he held the position of police chief. In November 2016, Burke was indicted on charges of the physical assault of a man who had stolen his duffel bag filled with sex toys and pornography. After having previously plead guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice. called for another autopsy and it was concluded her body appeared to have signs of strangulation.



Possible Suspects:


James Burke


An escort named Laenne stated she had performed services on a man named James Burke, a Suffolk county police chief, and claimed he had ties to the Long Island Serial Killer. Laenne claimed he violently yanked her while performing oral sex on him, to the point of her crying, he was unable to orgasm, threw money at her, and left. It is reported Burke blocked an FBI probe on the long island serial killer case while he held the position of the police chief. In November 2016, Burke was indicted on charges of the physical assault of a man who had stolen his duffel bag filled with sex toys and pornography. After having previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice.


An escort named Laenne stated she had performed services on a man named James Burke, a Suffolk County police chief, and claimed he had ties to the Long Island Serial Killer. Laenne claimed he violently yanked her while performing oral sex on him, to the point of her crying, he was unable to orgasm, threw money at her, and left. It is reported Burke blocked an FBI probe on the long island serial killer case while he held the position as police chief. In November 2016, Burke was indicted on charges of the physical assault of a man who had stolen his duffel bag filled with sex toys and pornography. After having previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice.


Suffolk County Police Departments District Attorney, Robert Biancavilla, stated John Bittrolff may have something to do with the Long Island Serial Killer murders after he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 2 sex workers, Rita Tangredi and Colleen McNamee.


Joseph Brewer


Joseph Brewer, an Oak Beach Resident, enlisted the services of Shannan Gilbert from Craigslist on the night she disappeared. Brewer was one of the last people to see Shannan that night before she fled his home fearing for her life and making that 911 call. He has been cleared as a suspect in the case of Shannan Gilbert, he is included in this list because we need to know what made Shannan run out of that house that night? What made her fear for her life? Why would she run away from people trying to help her?


James Bissett


James Bissett ran a nursery that was the main supplier of the same burlap Shannan was found in. He committed suicide 2 days after her remains were uncovered.


Dr. Peter Hackett


The Suffolk County Police Department rejected a judge’s order to unveil the tape of Shannan’s 911 call to her family in January 2019. Their reasoning claiming to be that releasing the 911 tape would hinder the ongoing investigation. What investigation? This contradicts investigators' claims of Shannan dying from natural causes. not belonging to any of the victims. Police also stated the launch of a website to submit tips regarding this unsolved case, gilgonews.com, and that new scientific evidence was being investigated. himself into certain situations, possibly for attention, but have cleared him as a suspect in the case of Shannan Gilbert and the Long Island Serial Killer murders.

On January 16th, 2020 Suffolk County Police Commissioner, Geraldine Hart, released pictures to the public of a black leather belt embossed with the lettering “HM or “WH” depending on the way you look at it. The belt was found during the initial investigation almost a decade before, and is believed to be used by the perpetrator, not belonging to any of the victims. Police also stated the launch of a website to submit tips regarding this unsolved case, gilgonews.com, and that new scientific evidence was being investigated.


The Suffolk County Police Department rejected a judge’s order to unveil the tape of Shannan’s 911 call to her family in January 2019. Their reasoning claiming to be that releasing the 911 tape would hinder the ongoing investigation. What investigation? This contradicts investigators claims of Shannan dying from natural causes.

Mari Gilbert never stopped pushing to find out what really happened to her daughter that fateful night, never believing she traveled into the marsh willingly and drowned. Just 5 years after burying her oldest daughter, Mari Gilbert died at the hands of her other daughter, Sarra Gilbert, stabbing her more than 200 times. Sarra Gilbert suffered from schizophrenia and was given 25 to life for her role in the crime, stating she, her mother, “was evil, and deserved to die”. Mari Gilbert never got to see justice done for her daughter and the other victims of the Long Island Serial Killer.

The Long Island Serial Killer murdered at least 10 people, but police theorize it could be as many as 16. Forensic Profiler, Joe Kelly, stated “says that whoever the killer is, he has a strongly sadistic side, inflamed—at least in part—by the feeling that he’s being disobeyed. They went against his wishes, and he used their own cell phones to torture their family members after he killed them.”



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