The Long Island Ripper
Police had been searching for a missing Craigslist escort when they found the first body off Ocean Parkway on December 11, 2010. The dead woman that a Canine Sector officer and his cadaver dog located would turn out not to be the woman they'd hoped to find. Shannan Gilbert had disappeared in May and was last seen at a client's house in nearby Oak Beach, prompting the search.
Waterman's decomposing body had been by the side of the road for months. The state of the remains made it plain she'd been murdered. Family members hadn't seen or heard from her since just after Memorial Day, when she took a trip to Long Island with her boyfriend (and alleged pimp), Akeem Cruz, 21. Brooklyn-resident Cruz is currently at the Maine Correctional Center, serving a 20-month sentence for drug trafficking.
The spring thaw let investigators go back to work, and they found more bodies.
Medical examiners have certified that the first four bodies were victims of homicide; common sense suggests that the women were killed and dumped by the same murderer (or murderers). But District Attorney Thomas Spota won't reveal exactly how the women were killed, and authorities are reluctant to label this the work of a serial killer, as the media has suggested.
The cases remain unsolved.