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Re: 8 Bodies found in New York
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2011, 08:25:50 PM »
I wonder how long ago these bodies were left in this location?  I read this story from April 2009, quite a few of the facts in the article have caught my interest. The suspect ended up killing himself in his cell. Could he have been responsible for any others on this thread?

I wonder if any of these items (bold is mine) ring true for any of the individuals in these recent finds?

Student charged with Craigslist prostitute murder
Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Philip Markoff seemed to have a good life: The handsome, clean-cut, 23-year-old medical student was planning a lavish beachfront wedding this summer to a beautiful woman.

But authorities say his computer and surveillance video paint a picture of a suspected serial criminal who targeted women offering erotic services through Craigslist. Now he's accused of killing one and suspected of robbing and tying up another. And police have said there could be more victims.

"This was a brutal, vicious crime - savage, and it shows Philip Markoff is a man who is willing to take advantage of women, to hurt them, to beat them, to rob them," District Attorney Daniel Conley said. "He probably thought he was going to get away with it. He thought he was too smart for us."

Authorities refused to comment on reports that Markoff might have been seeking money to pay gambling debts, but a Connecticut casino confirmed it was cooperating in the investigation.

Markoff, a second-year medical student at Boston University, appeared in court on Tuesday on charges including murder, kidnapping and armed robbery. Dressed in a wrinkled button-down shirt and khakis, he said nothing during the brief hearing and was jailed without bail.

Defence attorney John Salsberg said later that Markoff is not guilty of the charges and "has his family's support."

Markoff is accused in the death of Julissa Brisman of New York City, who was found dead April 14 in a Boston hotel after being struck in the head and shot three times.

Brisman, 26, was an aspiring model and actress who had advertised erotic massage on Craigslist. Authorities said she and Markoff communicated through email and cell phone to set up a meeting.

Investigators traced an email to Markoff, who created a new address the day before Brisman's body was discovered at the Marriott Copley Hotel. He was arrested Monday in Walpole, less than 20 miles southwest of Boston, as he drove with his fiancee to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

Authorities say he was the man seen on surveillance video near where Brisman was found and where a woman was robbed in Rhode Island.

Boston police refused to comment on reports citing unidentified law enforcement sources that Markoff was a problem gambler. But the casino said it was helping investigators.

"We do not release information publicly concerning individual patrons; however, we are aware of this situation and are cooperating with the appropriate law enforcement authorities," the casino and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation said in a statement.

Markoff's grandfather, Jerome Markoff said he was shocked.

"This is not my grandson. I know my grandson," he told The Boston Globe. "I hate to see a rush to judgment ... He's a wonderful boy, just absolutely wonderful, and couldn't be better. I'm proud of him and proud of his abilities as a medical student. He always wanted to be a doctor."

Markoff's grandfather did not immediately respond to a call from The Associated Press. Police said his grandson has no prior criminal record.

Markoff is also suspected in the attempted robbery Thursday in Rhode Island, of a stripper who had posted an ad on Craigslist. She was held at gunpoint before her husband entered the room and her attacker fled.

Markoff's mother, Susan Haynes, declined to comment through a receptionist at her apartment complex in Sherrill, New York, where Markoff went to high school. In the 2004 Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School yearbook, Markoff was listed as a member of the bowling and golf teams, the National Honor Society, history club and youth court.

He graduated in 2007 from the State University of New York at Albany. Later that year, he had a broad smile in a photograph taken as he put on a "white coat" at a ceremony for incoming BU medical school students.

The university has said Markoff was suspended immediately following his arrest.

Police say they found a semiautomatic weapon, duct tape and restraints - what prosecutors called "critical, powerful" evidence - in the upscale apartment he shared with his fiance in Quincy, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Boston.

According to the couple's website, Markoff and his fiance met in 2005 while volunteering at a medical center near SUNY Albany, and they were engaged in May 2008. They had planned to marry Aug. 14 on a beach at sunset in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Conley, the district attorney, said he believes Markoff's original motive was robbery, but he wound up killing Brisman when she fought back.

Prosecutor Jennifer Hickman said in court that Brisman had been bashed in the head and shot three times at close range, including once through the heart.

"It's hard for me to get into his mind. The evidence that we have is Julissa put up a pretty tough struggle, and it's in the context of that struggle that she lost her life," Conley said.

The slain woman's father, Hector Brisman, appeared in court but left without commenting.

Hickman said Markoff also contacted the woman he allegedly robbed using Craigslist on April 10 and set up a meeting after midnight. The woman told investigators she met Markoff and then let him into her room at the Westin Copley in Boston. When she shut the door and turned around, he was pointing a gun at her stomach. He bound her hands and mouth.

He then stole more than $800 and personal items, Hickman said.

His fiance, Megan McAllister, insists police have the wrong man.

"He could not hurt a fly," McAllister said in an email to ABC's "Good Morning America. "All I have to say is Philip is a beautiful person, inside and out."

An email message sent to McAllister via her Facebook page was not immediately returned Tuesday. The McAllister family did not answer the door of their Little Silver, New Jersey, home Tuesday. Shortly after, a police officer emerged and said the family did not wish to speak with reporters.


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Re: 8 Bodies found in New York
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2011, 08:08:09 PM »
New York police expand search for more human remains in serial killings
by BNO News on April 30, 2011

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- Police on Long Island in New York are expanding their search for more human remains in the investigation into a suspected serial killer, state police said on Saturday.

Police on Long Island have so far recovered the remains of eight people in Suffolk County since December, while at least one or perhaps two other partial remains were found earlier this month during a search in neighboring Nassau County.

A statement from New York State Police on Saturday said police will resume their search for more remains on Monday at 9 a.m. local time. Their last search took place on April 22.

"[Police] will be extending their search into the discovery of human remains onto the southern portion of the Wantagh State Parkway from Merrick Road to the Ocean State Parkway," the statement said, adding that local roads will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time due to the investigation.

Only four of the victims found in Suffolk County have so far been identified as missing prostitutes who met their clients through Craigslist. But the identities of the other victims remain unknown, and officials said they do not know their gender or how long they have been there.

Police have so far found no suspects and it remains unclear whether all the nine or ten victims were the victim of the same serial killer.

Earlier this month, police sources told the New York Times that the potential serial killer likely has extensive knowledge about how police work. "Here is a guy who is aware of how we utilize technology. People are thinking [that] maybe he could be a cop," the source said.

According to the sources, the teenage sister of 24-year-old victim Melissa Barthelemy received a series of taunting phone calls after she went missing in mid-2009. They were made from in or around crowded locations in New York City such as Times Square, making it impossible for police to find the caller on surveillance footage.

"Without question, this guy is smart, this guy is not a dope," the investigator told the Times, saying the calls were vulgar, mocking and insulting. "It's a guy who thinks about things."

However, some crime experts have rejected claims that he could be a law enforcement officer as television series such as Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) and others provide a detailed and often accurate look into how investigators work.
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Re: 8 Bodies found in New York
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2011, 12:09:14 PM »
This case has taken an interesting turn.... as it turns out only 4 sets of remains are related.... This area is apparently a dumping ground for bodies! :S
taken from CNN

(CNN) -- The four sets of human remains most recently discovered on a Long Island beach don't appear to be related to four others discovered nearby that have been linked to a suspected serial killer, the Suffolk County district attorney said Monday.

The evidence suggests that perhaps two other killers dumped bodies along Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach, about 40 miles east of New York City. But they don't shed any light on the investigation into the person or people who authorities believe killed at least four sex workers whose bodies were found last December.

"This investigation is not an episode of 'CSI' or 'Criminal Minds' that is going to be solved in a one-hour period," District Attorney Thomas Spota said of the serial killer probe. "Most likely, it ... is going to take a very long period of time to complete."

The four latest sets of remains were found March 29 and April 4. Homicide cases are now open based on three of the four latest discoveries, according to the district attorney.

The first set of newly discovered remains include the head, hands and forearms of a woman Spota identified as Jessica Taylor. The rest of her body had been found in 2003 in Manorville, a community about 45 miles east on Long Island.

Like the four victims found last year, Taylor was a prostitute, the district attorney said. She had been working in Washington and had come up to New York City for a few days before going missing. Spota said that, despite extensive interviews, there were no suspects in her death and the case went cold -- until now.
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More body parts -- a head, hands and a right foot -- were found slightly farther east along the parkway. While no name has been attached to them, Spota said they match with a body found in 2000, also in Manorville.

Both these two women's alleged killer or killers "went to extraordinary lengths to prevent the victims from being identified," said the district attorney, pointing to efforts to hide a tattoo on Taylor as an example. "This is clearly not so with any of the other remains."

The only set among those recently discovered that didn't show any signs of trauma is "the full skeletal remains" of what is thought to be a female toddler, according to Spota. This unidentified child, who was probably between 18 and 24 months old when she died, was wrapped in a blanket and deposited in the same stretch along the parkway. The county medical examiner has yet to indicate a cause of death in the girl's case, which isn't now considered a homicide.

The last of the recently discovered bodies was an unidentified male, thought to be Asian and in his late teens or early 20s. Spota said the medical examiner's office determined that he'd been dead for "years," and his skeleton shows "evidence of trauma, but the cause of death is radically different from all the other remains."

"What is now very clear is that the area in and around Gilgo Beach has been used to discard human remains for some period of time," Spota said. "But there is no evidence that all these remains are the result of a single killer."

Previously, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said that authorities believed one or more person was most likely responsible for the deaths of four women whose remains were found within a quarter-mile of each other in that same area last winter.

More still unidentified remains have been found as part of the serial killer investigation in nearby Nassau County. But police have yet to link those to any other case.

All the while, the woman who originally prompted the searches -- 23-year-old Shannan Gilbert -- remains missing.

The New Jersey woman was last seen in May 2010 while attending a private party at a home in the Oak Beach community. Like the four victims who were found in December and have been identified, Gilbert had advertised prostitution services on Websites such as Craigslist.

Dormer told reporters Monday that authorities haven't given up their search for her.

"We're still concerned about the disappearance of Shannan Gilbert," the police commissioner said. "We're going to continue our efforts to find her ... both for our investigation and for her family."