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Could serial call girl slayer be linked to police?

By KJ Mullins     May 15, 2011 in Crime
Long Island City - A New York City paper is questioning if two police officers could be connected to a series of murders involving call girls in long Island. Both of the officials have a past for hiring prostitutes while they were working.
The claims are coming from the New York Post about two unnamed officers being looked at by investigators in the Long Island serial slayings. A total of 10 bodies found in shallow graves have been found on Long Island. Some of the remains appear to be at least two years old.
According to the paper one of the officers has been on desk duty stripped of his gun and badge while the other left the force after his supervisors learned that he paid women for sex while being paid to be patrolling the streets. The second officer was given a second chance but not in the same area and not on the street, the Post says he is not allowed to make arrests or respond to emergencies.
The Suffolk County Police Department did not comment on the allegations made by the Post but sources have said that the police officers have been looked at by investigators since April.
It is suspected that the killer used Craigslist to hire the slain women making appointments with disposable cellphones. That phone was also used to torment the younger sister of one of the victims.
The phone was traced to two Long Island areas not far where the bodies of the four victims, Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon, LI; Megan Waterman, 22, of Scarborough, Maine; Melissa Barthelemy, 24, who went missing from The Bronx; and Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Conn. were found at the end of 2010.
The bodies had all been stripped of their clothing and wrapped in burlap sacks. The suspect left their corpses in thick brush off of the beaten path.
Four other victims were also found in Atlantic City. The eight could all be related to the same killer.
The eight victims have an eerie connection. One of the slain women, Kim Raffo posted recently on Facebook, "I didn't know you but I feel a strong connection to you. You are an Angel," reports Philly.com. Ms. Raffo's body was discovered November 20, 2006 near Atlantic City. There is little information on the Facebook account but she is friended by the other three Atlantic City victims.
In April Hugh Auslander, husband of Ms. Raffo, said that "Everybody's all creeped out by this." He had already talked to the police about the Facebook account. All of the slain victims have had Facebook pages created for them including missing New Jersey native Shannan Gilbert.
Gilbert, a call girl, has been missing for a year. She made a 9-1-1 call claiming that someone was trying to kill here. A half hour later police responded to the call but by then Miller had disappeared.
In April three additional bodies, including a young child were found in the area. It's not clear if those remains are connected to the four women found in December.
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