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PostPosted: 04-04-2011 12:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

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'Westside rapist' John Floyd Thomas jailed in LA
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12943618

John Floyd Thomas Jr is a former insurance claims adjuster in California

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LA man linked to serial killings

A man known as the "Westside rapist", who terrorised Los Angeles suburbs in the 1970s, has been jailed for life on seven murder counts.

John Floyd Thomas, 74, pleaded guilty on Friday and was sentenced to seven life terms, with no chance of parole.

Thomas was charged in 2009 after new DNA testing linked him to attacks in which middle-aged and elderly women were raped and choked in their homes.

Police have said they believe he may be responsible for as many as 30 killings.

Thomas, a former state insurance claims adjuster, had previously spent time in prison for sexual crimes, and it was because of those convictions that his DNA was taken in 2008 as part of a process to collect samples from sex offenders.

That testing led California investigators to conclude he was the notorious Westside rapist, who carried out a series of rapes and killings of older women in two waves, in the 1970s and 1980s.

At the time he was charged, police said the attacks had stopped in 1978 - the year Thomas went back to prison for the rape of a woman in Pasadena. They started again in 1983, the year he was released.
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PostPosted: 05-04-2011 13:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

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More corpses located on NY beach
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12967336

A Suffolk County, New York police car drives down Oak Beach The bodies were all found on an isolated stretch of beach on a barrier island

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* Police eye 'serial killer' deaths

Investigators have found three more sets of human remains on a beach near New York City, bringing to eight the number of corpses found there.

Police in Suffolk County, New York suspect a serial killer.

Four women working as prostitutes were found dead nearby in 2010; a body found last week has not been identified.

The latest bodies were found in a patch of dense brush on Gilgo Beach, a barrier island south of Long Island, about 45 miles (70km) east of New York.

Police scouring the beach on foot, from helicopters and at the end of fire engine ladders discovered the three newest bodies on Monday, about a mile east of where the first group of bodies were discovered.

Officials cautioned they had yet to link the newest discoveries conclusively with the five bodies previously found.

The remains were separated by about 500m. The search was expected to continue on Tuesday.

It took investigators a month to identify the first group of remains using DNA and dental records as prostitutes who had arranged to meet clients through Craigslist and other websites, police have said.

Investigators continue to search for the remains of Shannan Gilbert, a New Jersey woman who was last seen in May at nearby Oak Beach, where she had arranged to meet a client she had met through Craigslist.

A resident of the beach told authorities a woman believed to be Ms Gilbert came to his door at 0445 pleading for help, then fled.
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PostPosted: 05-04-2011 17:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A resident of the beach told authorities a woman believed to be Ms Gilbert came to his door at 0445 pleading for help, then fled.


Does that not throw up a whole load of new questions? What a way to end an article!
What was the response to the pleading woman? 04:45 or not, I'd probably lend a hand and call the police!
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PostPosted: 05-04-2011 18:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more info on that.

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Ms Gilbert had arranged to meet a client in Oak Beach, a gated seaside enclave. A resident has told authorities a woman believed to be Ms Gilbert came to his door around 4.45am on May 1st, pleading for help. The man said that when he tried to call police, the woman fled.

Moments later, an unidentified man in a sport utility vehicle drove past the house and said he was looking for the woman, but then took off. Neither the woman nor the man was seen by the neighbour again.

The client Ms Gilbert had arranged to meet was investigated but is not believed to be a suspect in her disappearance.
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0405/breaking10.html
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NY 'Ripper' will be caught, vows Irish-born police chief
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/ny-ripper-will-be-caught-vows-irishborn-police-chief-2615452.html
By Louise Hogan
Monday April 11 2011

AN IRISH-born police commissioner heading the hunt for a serial killer dubbed the 'Long Island Jack the Ripper' insisted yesterday that the murderer would be caught.

And Richard Dormer (71), originally from Crettyard, Co Laois, believes technology holds the clues to the gruesome mystery after a total of eight bodies were discovered in scrub in the Long Island, New York, area.

Detectives believe a killer may have dumped the bodies in the undergrowth surrounding beaches in the area, which is around 70km east of New York. All four of the skeletal remains so far identified were prostitutes who advertised online on the Craigslist website.

This has led to comparisons with 'Jack the Ripper', who typically targeted prostitutes in London's slums during the late 19th Century.

"Computers and cell phones are what people communicate with today. That is what will track down this serial killer," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Dormer said yesterday. "If the guy made a mistake we'll find it."

Forensic anthropologists are working to identify the last four remains found last week.

"It is very difficult as the remains have been out there for some time," Mr Dormer explained. "The ones identified -- and Shannan Gilbert the missing girl -- were all involved in the prostitution and escort business."

The FBI behavioural analysis unit, crime scene investigation section, homicide squad and computer experts have been called in. Mr Dormer said he would not be surprised if more bodies were found as officers and cadaver dogs search dense brush.

Over the weekend the 'New York Times' carried a report quoting an unnamed source suggesting that the suspect could once have had connections to the police.

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The fact that the caller continually evaded the police by keeping his conversations under three minutes, and that he made the calls from crowded areas, preventing detectives from pinpointing his location via surveillance cameras, helped build the suspicion that the killer could be an active, or former, law-enforcement officer, the paper claimed.

Mr Dormer said this is the biggest case he's ever been in charge of since he became a US police officer after leaving Ireland in 1958.

"I've seen just about everything. This is the biggest case I've ever handled, the eight bodies found in the area near Jones Beach. It's a massive investigation," he said.

Mr Dormer had to wait five years after arriving in the US to gain citizenship before fulfiling his dream of becoming a police officer. He retired as a three-star police chief in 1993, before returning to head the second-largest county police department in the US with 3,600 workers.

The father of five said he keeps in close contact with his sister Bridget Condren, brother Frank Dormer and his aunt Kathleen, who still live in Crettyard.
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PostPosted: 12-04-2011 12:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Two sets of bones found near Long Island beach
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13045008

Police found two more sets of remains near Jones Beach in New York on Monday

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Police have found what they suspect may be human remains in two separate locations near a New York beach, in the same area where eight corpses have already been discovered.

A skull was found in brush about 90ft (27m) from a highway on Long Island on Monday, Lt Kevin Smith said.

Another set of remains was unearthed earlier in the day.

Since December, eight corpses have been found in the region. Police suspect a serial killer could be at large.

The latest discovery was made as police expanded their search from Long Island's Suffolk County to Jones Beach in Nassau County, just east of the New York City border.

Police also made several discoveries of bones on Monday that were quickly determined to be animals.

Of the skull, Lt Smith said: "Whether it is human or not, is unknown at this point."

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The latest search was sparked by the discovery of four sets of remains in the past two weeks along Ocean Parkway, which leads to the popular Jones Beach State Park.

Police sent the two sets of remains, which were found several miles apart, to the medical examiner's office to confirm whether they were human.

The bodies of four women who worked as escorts were found in the region in December.

Those remains, which were identified using DNA and dental records, were found while authorities were following up on the disappearance of a woman from New Jersey seen working as a escort in the Long Island area.

Investigators continue to search for the remains of Shannan Gilbert, a New Jersey woman who was last seen in May at nearby Oak Beach, where she had arranged to meet a client she had met through Craigslist.

Police have not officially linked the discoveries in the past several weeks with those found in December.
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PostPosted: 14-04-2011 18:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Latest find of remains on NY beach are human
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2011/0414/1224294668496.html
Thu, Apr 14, 2011

NEW YORK – The latest two sets of remains found along a New York beach highway are human, US authorities said yesterday, bringing to 10 the number of bodies found in a search for victims of a suspected serial killer.

Officials have not definitively linked all the remains found in the past five months to the same suspect, but they have said four escorts who advertised on the website Craigslist who were found in December were probably the victims of a serial killer.

Police discovered the first set of four remains while searching for a missing New Jersey prostitute last seen in a nearby community nearly a year ago. That woman has yet to be found.

Police searching along Ocean Parkway late last month discovered a fifth body, which prompted authorities to launch a widespread hunt involving dozens of officers, dogs, helicopters, mounted units and volunteer firefighters. That effort led to three more sets of remains on April 4th and two more on Monday near Jones Beach State Park.

Detectives investigating the deaths have kept many details to themselves, but the revelations have shaken veteran officers.

“It’s pretty startling,” Det Lieut Kevin Smith, a Nassau County police spokesman, told reporters.

“We have eight sets in Suffolk County. We have two more now. It’s all been very startling. All of it has. It’s just amazing that we’re finding people. We have a lot of work to do.”

Among the more recent six sets of remains, none has been identified by gender, and police have not indicated a cause of death, nor have they tied them to the four bodies found in December.

State and Nassau County police wrapped up a search of several miles of Ocean Parkway yesterday, and officials in neighbouring Suffolk County finished a four-day search last week. All the police agencies said they were open to returning to the barrier island to resume searches as developments warrant. Detectives said it appeared that some victims had been dead for a long time.

The first of the women found late last year went missing in 2007, a second in 2009 and the remaining two in June and September 2010. – (AP)
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PostPosted: 17-04-2011 12:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Psychic Tip on Long Island Serial Killer?

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It seems pretty amazing: A psychic apparently accurately predicted and described almost the exact spot where police would find Barthelemy's body nine months after her disappearance.

But, like most psychic claims, these get less impressive the closer you look. Let's parse this out: "body buried in a shallow grave overlooking a body of water" and "a 'G' in a sign nearby."
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PostPosted: 17-04-2011 20:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Psychic Tip on Long Island Serial Killer?

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It seems pretty amazing: A psychic apparently accurately predicted and described almost the exact spot where police would find Barthelemy's body nine months after her disappearance.

But, like most psychic claims, these get less impressive the closer you look. Let's parse this out: "body buried in a shallow grave overlooking a body of water" and "a 'G' in a sign nearby."


OMG!!! Let's dig up Bridlington.
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PostPosted: 17-04-2011 22:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

And any river or lake with a Danger! sign nearby. Laughing
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PostPosted: 18-04-2011 16:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could have been worse. Didn't Sylvia Brown once divine the location of a corpse of a person who later turned up alive?
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Long Island beach bodies had 'more than one' killer
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13358876

The area near Gilgo Beach on Long Island The bodies were found along a 15 mile (24km) stretch of the scenic highway

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Several killers, not a single serial murderer, are behind the 10 bodies dumped along a beachfront highway on Long Island, New York, officials say.

As many as four people could be responsible for the human remains found on Ocean Parkway since December.

Suffolk County police originally thought one killer was to blame.

"What is now clear is the area around Gilgo Beach has been used to discard human remains for some time," 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," he said.

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Mr Spota gave no indication that police are any closer to identifying the killers.

Police vehicles parked near Gilgo Beach The discoveries were triggered by the hunt for still-missing New York prostitute Shannan Gilbert

Nor did he speculate how many more bodies might lie in the sandy scrubland behind the beach on the south shore of Long Island, just east of the New York City border.

Of the 10 sets of remains found, four have been identified as missing female prostitutes, whose deaths appear to be connected.

All of them had booked clients using the website Craigslist. Their bodies were all found in December, wrapped in burlap cloth.

The remains of a female toddler, an Asian male and two unidentified victims were also found. It was not clear how the child had died, police said.

Two further discoveries, in March, were the heads and limbs of two women whose dismembered torsos were found years ago in a town 45 miles (70km) away, Mr Spota said.

This indicates that their killer "went to extraordinary lengths" to cover the deaths up, he added.

Detectives believe the deaths of these two women are related.

Investigators continue to search for the remains of Shannan Gilbert, a New Jersey woman who was last seen in May at nearby Oak Beach, where she had arranged to meet a client she had been in contact with through Craigslist.

It was the hunt for her body which first triggered the revelation that Gilgo Beach was an apparent dumping ground for bodies.
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PostPosted: 11-05-2011 16:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gilgo Beach.

Just south of...ulp...Amityville!!
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John Cooper: Couple's holiday ended by serial killer
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-13454844

Cooper had denied killing the Dixons in 1989, as well as farmer Richard Thomas and his sister Helen four years previously.

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Peter and Gwenda Dixon were killed as they took one last stroll along the cliff top before returning home to Oxfordshire from their holiday in Pembrokeshire.

As they followed the coast path from their campsite near Little Haven on the morning of 29 June 1989 the couple were intercepted by John Cooper.

What he said to them will never be known, but they were never seen alive again.

They failed to return home to Witney the same day, and four days later their son, who was 22 at the time, reported them missing.

Reported missing
They had never left Pembrokeshire because Cooper, a prolific criminal who had already carried out another double murder four years previously, had shot them at point blank range and hidden their bodies in bushes.


The case began as a missing persons inquiry
Before killing them, he forced them to the very edge of the cliff, tied them up and demanded their bank card, forcing them to disclose the pin number.

He later used this to withdraw money from cash machines in the area.

After Tim Dixon reported them missing, a major search of the area began. He joined the hunt.

Six days later their bodies were found in undergrowth near the cliff path.

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It's not every day that your next-door neighbour gets murdered and it was really quite shocking”

Steve Holborough, neighbour
Mrs Dixon, who was 52, had also been sexually assaulted.

The discovery sent shockwaves through the community, not just in their home town of Witney but also in Little Haven, where the couple were well known by the locals.

Peter Morgan, from Pembrokeshire County Council, said: "For two people to be murdered so close to Howelston park where they were staying was unbelievable.

"They'd been visitors to Pembrokeshire for over 15 years. They were well known and liked by local people [and were] using the facilities, the locals pubs.

"It was unbelievable that this could have happened."

Steve Holborough still lives two doors away from where the Dixons lived. Mr Dixon was a former RAF flight lieutenant and Mrs Dixon was a secretary.

Terrorist theory

John Cooper denied the killings but was found guilty of four murders at Swansea Crown Court
He said the Dixons had lived in Moorlands Road since their house was built in the 1970s and were good friends with their neighbours who were all shocked to hear about their deaths.

"They were a very nice couple, a very friendly couple," he said.

"Peter himself was always ready to give you hand with anything if he felt he could help, particularly to do with cars.

"It's not every day that your next-door neighbour gets murdered and it was really quite shocking.

"It left you feeling a bit numb, and angry in some respects, that it happened like that and no perpetrator had been found.

"It just seemed to have happened and was then left hanging in the air.

"I'd heard various theories - it was the IRA terrorists and opportunist thieves and things like that. It's a mystery."


On the day the bodies were found Mr Dixon's wedding ring was sold to a jeweller for £25
Cooper was not only a killer but also a prolific burglar and sex attacker who had carried out a string of violent armed robberies.

In 1985 Cooper, of Letterston, near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, had "executed" brother and sister Richard and Helen Thomas at their farmhouse Scoveston Park, seven miles from the spot where he later killed the Dixons.

They had been shot at close range and their house set alight.

In 1996 he robbed a group of teenagers in Milford Haven, raping one girl at knife point and sexually assaulting another.

A year later he was finally captured after an armed robbery at a house in Sardis, Pembrokeshire, and was imprisoned for 16 years.

While he was still in jail, Dyfed-Powys Police began a cold case review of the double murders of the 1980s.

Advances in forensic techniques meant they were able to link items used in the Sardis robbery with the killing of the Dixons.

Cooper has now been found guilty of their murders as well as two others and jailed for life.

Twenty-two years after their parents were brutally murdered on the last day of their summer holiday, the Dixons' son Tim and daughter Julie have finally seen justice done.
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Gilgo Beach.


That is totally bizarre. You'd think someone out walking their dog would have come across at least one of them if they've been there for a while.
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