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Two NYPD cops with history of hooker problems 'under suspicion' for 'Craigslist Ripper' Long Island murders

15th May 2011

The case of the so-called 'Craigslist Ripper may have gotten even more bizarre.

The New York Post reports that two NYPD police officers are under suspicion in connection with the case, in which up to 13 prostitutes have been murdered in Long Island and Atlantic city.

Parts of their bodies have been found along a secluded section of Long Island beach over the past several months.

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Victims: Top (L to R): Molly Jean Dilts, Shannan Gilbert and Tracy Ann Roberts; Middle (Lto R): Melissa Barthelemy, Barbara Breidor and Kim Raffo; Bottom (L to R):Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Megan Waterman, Amber Lynn Costello

Criminologists had said it was possible the killer or killers worked in law enforcement, or at least was familiar with police procedures. Recent estimates have put the number of alleged killers at two to four.

The New York Post reports that one of the officers being looked at by Suffolk County detectives had been forced out of his NYPD job in the 1990s 'when his supervisors learned he spent time pursuing hookers and paying street walkers and down-and-out women for sex while he was supposed to be on patrol'.

The man reportedly resigned 'under pressure' during internal investigations.

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According to The Post, the other officer still works for the NYPD, but at a desk job.

That man was allegedly stripped of his gun and badge years ago for allegedly assaulting a prostitute and getting arrested during a sting operation.

He is said to be barred from making arrests or responding to emergencies.

An unnamed source told the paper: 'They couldn't prove anything, but they didn't trust him'.

It is currently unclear if the two officers know each other, or if the police have any specific evidence against them to connect them to the Craigslist killings.

Investigators said the two officers are not the sole focus of the ongoing murder investigation.

In recent weeks, criminologists had begun to piece together a profile of the serial killer or killers, said to be a white male in his mid 20's to mid 40's, financially secure, well spoken and drives a nice car or truck.

Able to charm his Craigslist victims into a false sense of security, he will also have access to burlap sacks as part of his job and will have been treated for poison ivy infections received as he disposed of the bodies in thick undergrowth.
The New York Times came up with the chilling portrait after talking to retired and current criminal profilers familiar with the 'Craigslist ripper' case.

Speaking to the paper, Scott Bonn, an assistant professor of sociology at Drew University in Madison, N.J. said: 'This is someone who can walk into a room and seem like your average Joe.

Who Is The Craigslist Ripper

Profilers have described the man as:

He is most likely a white male in his mid-20s to mid-40s

He is married or has a girlfriend.

He is well educated and well spoken.

He is financially secure, has a job and owns an expensive car or truck.

He may have sought treatment at a hospital for poison ivy infection.

As part of his job or interests, he has access to, or a stockpile of, burlap sacks.

'He has to be persuasive enough and rational enough that he is able to convince these women to meet him on these terms.

He has demonstrated social skills. He may even be charming.'

He is also, according to the experts, very familiar with the Long Island beaches where 10 remains have so far been found.

Jim Clemente, a retired FBI investigator in the agency’s behavioural analysis unit, added: 'He did not stumble upon that location. He has some familiarity with it.'

The 'Craigslist ripper' case started in December after the disappearance of 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert, a New Jersey prostitute who advertised on the site.

Looking: K-9 unit police use a cadaver dog in a residential area of Oak Beach, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, on New York's Long Island

Although her body has not been found, the remains of 10 others have so far been uncovered with Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, Amber Lynn Costello, 27, and Megan Waterman, 22, the only identified victims so far.

Detectives have also investigated the possibility that the same serial killer may also be responsible for the deaths of four prostitutes in Atlantic city in 2006.

On Long Island, police returned for another day to the area subjected to land, water and air searches by the FBI and New York authorities from Suffolk and Nassau Counties.
Their most recent discovery earlier this month was two sets of human remains, including a skull.

Nassau Detective Vincent Garcia said police hacked through brush with machetes and chainsaws and used shovels to dig through sand to look for clues.
'When we found the skull, we were hoping if we went back in we'd find a little bit more,' Garcia said.

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Search: Police continue to search the Long Island area for more bodies in the 'Craigslist Ripper' hunt

Nassau officer James Imperiale said police found two human teeth about a foot from the skull. It appears the teeth are related to the skull but authorities will run tests to confirm that, he said.

Imperiale said police also found a shoe but were unsure if it was relevant to their search.

'We're not sure if it has anything to do with the investigation but we did take it away as well,' he said.
Sources indicated to the paper that the killer may have a heavily ritualistic element to the way he carries out the murders.

As the first four prostitutes discovered all disappeared in July or September, Mr Clemente said: 'There may be a seasonal nature to his connection to the area, or to his fantasy and ritual.

'It may be the time his wife or kids or parents are away for the summer. There are many possibilities.'

Forensics: Officers examine an object on the side of the road near Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y., Monday, April 11, 2011
The use of increasingly rare burlap sacks also provides another clue as to his modus operandi.

As burlap is no longer a commonly used material, it is more easily traced than plastic.

Mr Clemente added: 'To me, it takes away from his forensic sophistication and criminal sophistication and adds to the possibility that he is more interested in this ritual aspect.'
The experts also focused on the sadistic element of his crimes, particularly the fact he repeatedly used one of the victim's mobile phones to call and taunt her teenage sister.
Mr. Clemente said: 'That gives me an idea that he is a sadist.

'That would be reflected in his relationship and jobs.
He is the one who laughs when a cat gets run over or a kid falls off his bike. He likes the suffering of others, and he really likes it when he can cause it or witness it.'

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