Cops: It's Likely Just 1 Serial Killer on Long Island

They revise theory about two suspects
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2011 12:24 PM CST
Long Island Serial Killer: Police Revise Theory, Say There's Probably Just One Killer at Large
A policeman searches the thick brush on the side of the road near Oak Beach, N.Y., on April 4, 2011.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Long Island police say there's probably just one local serial killer responsible for the murders of 10 people whose bodies were stashed along desolate parts of Ocean Parkway, reports Newsday. Earlier this year, investigators began working on the theory that multiple killers were at large, mostly because two victims didn't seem to fit the pattern of women linked to the sex industry: an adult male and a female toddler.

Now investigators are revising that, speculating that the male was indeed linked to the sex industry (he was wearing women's clothes) and that the toddler may have been the daughter of one of the prostitute victims. All 10 bodies were found between Dec. 11 and April 11. "We know that killers of this type always make a mistake, and so that's what our detectives are looking for—where this subject made a mistake," says the Suffolk Count police chief. (More Long Island serial killer stories.)

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