Suspected Long Island Serial Killer Murdered Prostitutes Who Advertised on Craigslist

It's official: the Daily News says Suffolk County cops are pretty sure the speculated Long Island serial killer really is a serial killer. Better (worse?) yet, he's a Craigslist serial killer. Police say they've finally identified the bodies they found along Long Island's Oak Beach last month, and each was a missing prostitute who advertised on Craigslist.

Local press had previously speculated that the "skeletal remains" were the work of a serial murderer, and the FBI was quick to offer its help with the case (because, after all, Craigslist + murder + hooker basically = headlines). Yet despite all that federal assistance and "swarming" a local man's house, there have been no arrests in the case.

The victims include 24-year-old Melissa Barthelemy from the Bronx, 27-year-old Amber Lynn Costello of North Babylon, L.I., 25-year-old Maureen Brainerd-Barnes of Norwich, Conn., and 22-year-old Megan Watermain of Scarborough, Me.


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These females are dead but someone loved them, they have mothers, sisters, brother, uncles, nieces, dads and friends so why does the media have to tell us repeatedly that they were prostitutes -- I am sure by now we get the message -- that society wants to under value the fact that they were human. Yet we go to other countries and rescue females from the sex trade. We don't know the conditions that might have force these woman into this life style - shame on those who want to make sure they are dehumanized.

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Keeping safe on Geebo and other classifieds sites:

It is important that you know how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe when using online classified advertising sites. Here are a few reminders:

When selling, do not put your home address in your ad. To avoid scams, buy and sell with people you can meet locally, in person. When meeting with someone you don't know, meet in a public place. If that's not possible, have a buddy with you. Also, carry a cell phone; if you feel unsafe, you can call a trusted friend, and stay on the line. Never give out financial or private information like account numbers, PayPal login, or social security number. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it is. Walk away!

When choosing a classifieds site:

Use only sites where ads are reviewed before they go live on the site rather than relying a flagging or rating system that leaves users vulnerable in the mean time. Use sites that do not carry adult ads. Not only do these present risks to our children, but they can harbor human trafficking activities that harm people and open the door to other criminal activity. If you are unsure about the safety of a particular classifieds site, do your own quick research. Type the site's name into Google News or Yahoo! News. Are the results filled with news stories about crime? Then stay away. This is a case where no news is good news!


This man has a type.... Kind of like fishing... Its not like this happend overnight.... It takes acouple trys if not more to find a woman who fits his cryteria..... forgive my spelling..... these girls were not pro's family life was problimatic... this little d#%k loser uses reverse pcycology he knows the questions to ask and how to ask them... I think that maybe a select few ...... working girls ... i prefer male erotic engineer. can help law enforcement catch this parasite.....

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