You'd think that with the advent of modern surveillance, police would have an easy time tracking down serial killers. Well, you'd be wrong.
It's actually pretty difficult for police to catch serial killers if they don't slip up or want to be caught. Because of this, killers can go on murdering people for years. There's no finer example of this than the notorious Long Island Serial Killer.
For the last 20 years, residents of Long Island, New York, have been terrorized by an insane killer.
In 2010, during an investigation for a missing sex worker, police discovered the decaying remains of a woman in a burlap sack near the exit for Robert Moses Causeway on the Ocean Parkway (pictured above). They also discovered the remains of at least 10 more bodies buried in a similar fashion near the first one.
Needless to say, police were concerned that they had a serial killer on their hands.
DNA testing of the remains linked several bodies to disappearances on Long Island's Fire Island back in 1996. Police set up an anonymous tip line for citizens and offered a reward for any information that would lead to the arrest of the killer.
Despite receiving thousands of tips, police came no closer to catching the killer in 2011 when six more bodies were found near the original dumpsite.
Police were able to identify some of the new victims, but many remained nameless...including a toddler. Officers have reason to suspect that this killer is connected to a number of other disappearances that date all the way back to the early 1990s.
Who the heck is this killer?
The profile that police have on the killer so far reads as follows: "Likely a white male in his mid-20s to mid-40s who is very familiar with the South Shore of Long Island and who has access to burlap sacks, which he uses to contain the bodies." I'm not sure if that description could be any more vague. Police also believe that the killer is familiar with law enforcement techniques, which would explain why he's been able to avoid detection for so long.
A few officers speculate that serial killer Joel Rifkin might be to blame for at least some of the discovered bodies. However, Rifkin (who is currently in jail) denies any involvement.
(via The New York Times)
Well, that's terrifying. If you live on or near Long Island, I'd start installing some extra locks on your doors.