Cops Believe the Long Island Killer Is Just One Person Again

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The Long Island serial killer is probably one person from Long Island, police now say, revising their theory that as many as three were responsible for the ten bodies found between December 2010 and April 2011. The new thesis means they'll close all ten cases if and when they catch the suspect, but it's still not clear how close they are to an arrest. When police started discovering remains along Ocean Parkway in December 2010, they suspected a single killer. But when the body count reached three cops began theorizing that multiple killers were responsible for the bodies found strewn, some dismembered, along a remote coastal road and other rural pockets of Long Island. But Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer told Newsday on Tuesday why they now think it's just one person:

"The sex workers dumped in the same place, the ages of the victims and even though we did have a male and a toddler's remains found, we believe that they may be connected to the sex business," he said. ... 

DNA analysis has established the toddler may be the daughter of a woman found 7 miles away. Dormer did not elaborate on what evidence, if any, linked the woman to the sex trade.

As for the man found, Dormer said, "The Asian male was wearing women's clothes, so it's a possibility that he was involved in the sex business." ... 

"The theory is that it's a Long Islander," he said, because of the disparate locations on the Island where "the bodies were dumped." Those include Manorville, "about 42 miles away from Gilgo Beach," where authorities in 2000 and 2003 found the torsos of two women whose other body parts later turned up on the South Shore.

"That's a huge distance, so somebody has to be familiar with the Long Island area and comfortable with that area," Dormer said.

But Dormer won't have to worry about it much longer, as he's leaving the department at the end of the year. The detectives will stay the same, but the antsy reporters are going to have to find a new focal point for their inquiries.

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