Officials: Several killers in NY spree

2011-05-10 17:37
New York - Several murderers, not a single serial killer as originally feared, are behind the 10 bodies dumped along a stretch of ocean beachfront on Long Island in New York, officials say.

Investigators probing the bodies in a picturesque area popular with summer tourists indicate that as many as four killers could be responsible.

"What is now very clear is that the area around Gilgo Beach has been used to discard human remains for some period of time," Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

"As distasteful and disturbing as that is, there is no evidence that all of these remains are the work of a single killer."

Spota, speaking at a news conference on Monday, gave no indication that police are much closer to identifying the killers, or even knowing how many more bodies might still lie in the sandy scrubland just behind the long white sand beach on the south shore of Long Island, just outside New York City.

The macabre list now includes:

- Four prostitutes who advertised online at Craigslist and whose remains were wrapped in burlap cloth.

- The heads and hands of two other women, one of them identified as a prostitute whose other body parts were found in another area of New York state, indicating that the killer "went to extraordinary lengths" to cover up, according to Spota.

- A female toddler.

- An Asian male.

- Two other sets of remains that have not been identified.

Still missing is a prostitute named Shannan Gilbert, whose disappearance in Long Island last year triggered a hunt that resulted in the revelation that Gilgo Beach was a murderers' dumping ground.

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