Long Island Serial Killer: Some Victims May Have Been Dismembered


All of the families will gather in June when Ela has organized a memorial for the victims on the same Long Island beaches that investigators are now scouring for more bodies and clues. The memorial will be held on the day her daughter disappeared, June 11. Her daughter left behind a 4-year-old daughter.

"I wanted to go where they found my daughter to pay my respects and say my final goodbye to her. Part of me doesn't feel closure until I can go down there and say my goodbye down there. I owe that to my daughter and all the other women," Ela said.

She said that unlike the family of victim Melissa Barthelemy, she and the other families did not receive cell phone calls from the killer. Barthelemy's teenage sister told "Good Morning America" Monday that she has received taunting phone calls from a man who is believed to have killed her sister.

"She was the only one. It boggles my mind that someone would do that to a 16 year old child," Ela said.

Serial Killer Knew Area Well

Experts say that the hidden bodies show the killer knows the neighborhood well.

"It's very easy to dispose of a body, either under the brush, or dig it up," said Wally Zeins, a former NYPD homicide detective. "It tells me that he [the killer] knew the area, knew this was an area where not many people are going to go."

In addition to the bodies discovered so far, police continue their search for missing prostitute Shannan Gilbert. Gilbert, a 24 year old sex worker who advertised on Craigslist, was last seen near the beach area shouting, "He is trying to kill me."

According to ABC News sources the first four bodies discovered, now badly decomposed, were wrapped in burlap and were prostitutes who advertised on Craigslist.

"Apparently the first four were found in burlap bags, that could be a possible lead. The connection between how the victim met the bad guy is extremely important. In other words, did he call them all to a particular hotel in Long Island?" said Brad Garrett, an ABC News consultant and former FBI investigator.

The next four sets of remains, discovered over the past two weeks, were not wrapped in burlap and one was a toddler. Authorities have not said whether the toddler's remains were linked to one of the adult remains, or is unrelated.

"It's not uncommon that these women have children. Did he get into a situation with one of them that her child was and so he just disposed of the child as another witness," Garrett said.

Experts say that the killer is of high intelligence and not a loner.

"He could be a copycat of the BTK killer. He was an animal control officer, and he killed 10 bodies from 1991 to 2005. He knew everybody, had roots in the community, pillar of the community, churchgoer," said Zeins.

ABC News' Emily Friedman contributed to this report

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