Here Are Four People Who May Have Seen Brooklyn's "Crazy 8" Serial Killer

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If you're one of the four people pictured above, you might have some information about a suspected serial killer currently on the loose, presumably in Brooklyn.

Two of the four witnesses were seen walking on Flatbush Avenue about 6 p.m. Friday, around the time 78-year-old Rahmatollah Vahidipour was fatally shot at the She She boutique. Two others, a man and a woman, were seen running near the scene just 20 minutes before Vahidipour was found dead.

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David Berkowitz, 'Son of Sam,' Wants to Stay in Prison, Just Like He Did 10 Years Ago

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As luck would have it, we are all pretty much on the same page. Just as you probably don't want to see convicted serial killer David Berkowitz (the guy known as "Son of Sam" who murdered six people, wounded seven, and terrorized New York City from 1976 to 1977) free and back on the streets, Berkowitz has written FoxNews to tell them that he's not interested in seeking parole. This view isn't particularly new: He wrote George Pataki a letter saying as much in 2002, and since, at regular paroling intervals, has announced he doesn't want to be paroled. Berkowitz is 58, and, while serving six sentences of 25 to life at the Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York, has been denied parole already five times. In his latest anti-parole efforts, he wrote to Fox that he considers himself already a "free man" and believes he's already been forgiven and pardoned by Jesus Christ.

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Michele Bachmann Mixes Up Iowa's John Wayne, Compares Herself to Serial Killer

In what's sure to be a year-and-a-half of high-profile, overanalyzed gaffes, Michele Bachmann, one of the down home candidates attempting to drive the Republican clown car, doesn't really know that much about American pop culture or geography, shouting out Waterloo, Iowa's John Wayne -- "that's the kind of spirit I have too," she said, formally announcing her run for president. John Wayne, the movie star, has nothing to do with Waterloo, Iowa; John Wayne Gacy, the scary clown serial killer, called it home. (Update: And, of course, the requisite fact-check, quibbling and so on. Welcome to the presidential campaign! Only seventeen more months.)

Long Island Dead Bodies Reward Raised to $25,000

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Way too many bodies have been found since December along the Jones Beach, Gilgo Beach and Ocean Parkway area of Suffolk County, Long Island. The four identified so far -- Amber Lynn Costello, Megan Waterman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes and Melissa Barthelemy -- are thought to be the work of a Long Island serial killer, though the additional discoveries, including four bodies and remains from two possible others, are equally worrisome. Today, the Suffolk County Crime Stoppers raised the reward for information leading to an arrest from $5,000 to $25,000, the largest reward ever in the area, according to CBS New York. No suspects have been named. Info should go to 1-800-220 TIPS or via text (use "SCPD") to CRIMES (274637) or visit tipsubmit.com. [CBS NY]

Long Island Serial Killer Connection: Cocaine?

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This week's issue of New York magazine has the most in-depth feature yet about the serial killer search spooking locals this year, with body after body being found near Long Islando's Gilgo and Jones beaches. Though remains from 10 bodies have been discovered in the area, the case for a serial killer revolves around five women who share a profile: Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Lynn Costello, whose bodies have been identified, and the still-missing Shannan Gilbert: "all $200-an-hour escorts in their twenties, all but one of them five feet tall or shorter, who advertised online on Craigslist or similar websites." Between them there's a pile of spooky stories, a common affinity for drugs, sad family left behind, and few, if any, police leads.

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Long Island Serial Killer Suspects Include Two NYPD Officers

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An investigation into the bodies piling up on Long Island's Jones and Gilgo Beaches, at least four of which were women who worked as Craigslist prostitutes and appear to have been killed by the same person, has led to two NYPD cops, one long-resigned and one still on the payroll. Both have been punished for hiring prostitutes, the New York Post reported over the weekend. Though any evidence tying the men to the crimes has not been made public, the Post reports that one of the officers was forced to resign for soliciting sex while on duty and the other, who now works on modified duty without a gun or badge, allegedly assaulted a woman. The investigation is ongoing and the cops "are not the sole focus." [NYP]

There Are Two Long Island Serial Killers; Fifth Victim Identified as Jessica Taylor

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Police found the remains of six bodies last month on Long Island, and when added to the four bodies found previously nearby, all belonging to women who worked as prostitutes, the state had something scary on its hands. Things just got a little bit more terrifying: a fifth victim has been identified as Jessica Taylor, 20, but police say, "At least two of the new victims, both women, may be the work of a second serial killer," the New York Times reports. The first four women -- Melissa Barthelemy of the Bronx, Amber Lynn Costello of North Babylon, Long Island, Maureen Brainerd-Barnes of Norwich, Conn., and Megan Watermain of Scarborough, ME -- are thought to have been killed between July 2007 and September 2010, with a second murderer dumping at least two others, including Taylor, discovered this spring.

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Long Island Serial Killer Could Have Wife and Kids: A Personality Profile in Order of Surprise

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Serial killer experts, criminologists, an ex-FBI profiler, and two New York Times reporters have worked together to bring us this terrifying personality profile for the man -- yes, he's almost definitely a man -- who could be responsible for the 10 sets of human remains found so far on Long Island, around Ocean Parkway, since December. It's chilling, but largely predictable, except when it's not. To the police, he's known as "Unsub," for unknown subject; no suspects have been named. But the job of these Dexters, these Hannibal Lectors and Clarices (mostly without their own murders) to make up the portrait of the mystery man is fascinating, and grounds this sometimes sensational case in reality. Below, we've ordered the guesses from today's Times article from least shocking to most surprising.

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NYC Superheroes: How to Not Get Murdered by the Long Island Serial Killer

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The New York Initiative, a local chapter of the Worldwide Real Life Superhero Community, describe themselves as a "free public security/community watch/community outreach program" working "to achieve peacekeeping objectives and humanitarian missions." The vigilante crime fighters state that their "primary goal will always be to help those most in need to the highest ethical standards and to maximum effect." They pick projects based on "unfolding events" and now, that means the Long Island serial killer thought to be responsible for the deaths of at least four, but as many as fourteen people already. Four of the identified victims, as well as four dead women found in New Jersey back in 2006, all worked as prostitutes on Craigslist, so the New York Initiative have taken to that site's personals section with tips on how to avoid being next. What the hell, you may be thinking; it gets wackier, but it also makes some sense.

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Long Island Serial Killer Website Is Like An Art Project, Creator Claims

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LongIslandSerialKiller.com looks part-cheesy and part-terrifying, like any good murder movie. The header is written in the scratchy font you might find on a metal band T-shirt and the headlines are equally ominous and outrageous. But the events discussed on the blood red and black website are very real, with ten bodies found so far on the Long Island shore near Gilgo Beach and Jones Beach. Four, all strangled and buried shallowly in burlap sacks, have been identified as women who worked as prostitutes on Craigslist, adding to the four prostitute bodies found in Atlantic City back in 2006. Though it's not confirmed that all are connected -- and police have not shared any meaningful leads -- what's for sure is that people are watching the case obsessively, because the media is. We thought LongIslandSerialKiller.com was a pretty brash and heartless project, so we reached out to its creator with a few questions. His answers are illuminating and not at all what we expected.

"To start off, I just want to say that this website began as a mockery of the daily onslaught of news coverage that this particular story has received," the proprietor explained to Runnin' Scared via email.

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