Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Craigslist Seaside Strangler (The Long Island Serial Killer) - A Timeline

-Women began disappearing in 2007
-A search begins for a 24 year old prostitute, Shannon Gilbert, who was reported missing from New Jersey in May of 2010. She was last seen meeting a client in Oak Beach.
-The first four bodies were discovered in December 2010 in the same area north of Ocean Parkway.
-In March and April of 2011, police began searching the Oak Beach area up to the Nassau County border and discovered four more bodies.
-Another search began on April 11th. Two skulls and a set of bones were discovered. If the one skull does not match any of the previous skeletons, then the total body count is at 10.
-Four victims have been identified so far:

  • Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Age: 25. From: Norwich, Connecticut. Went missing July 9, 2007. Body found: December 2010. Was working as a prostitute.
  • Melissa Barthelemy. Age: 24. From: Erie County, New York. Went missing July 10, 2009. At the time of her disappearance, she was living in the Bronx and advertising her escort services through Craigslist. After her disappearance, her sister received phone calls from the killer during a period of five weeks.
  • Megan Waterman. Age: 22. From: Scarborough, Maine. Went missing June 6, 2010. Body found: December 2010. At the time of her disappearance, she had placed advertisements on Craigslist as an escort.
  • Amber Lynn Costello. Age: 27. From: North Babylon, New York. Went missing September 2010. Body found: December 2010. Was working as a prostitute. 
-There were also the remains of an 18 month old child discovered in the same area as the bodies. It is not yet known if this body has any connection to the other killings.

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