Dr. Casey Jordan, Criminologist - Attorney

"Person of Interest" in Long Island Killings?


April 12, 2011(CBS News) -- The horror grows on New York's Long Island where two more sets of suspected human remains were found Monday, not far from where eight other bodies were apparently dumped.

CBS News Correspondent Seth Doane reports from Jones Beach - where the latest discoveries were made - that reports have surfaced suggesting police have multiple persons of interest in the case. Officially, however, authorities deny there are any suspects.

The search was to resume Tuesday morning at the seaside location, reports Doane.

Experts tell CBS News the beach may have been a good place for a serial killer or killers to dump bodies because of its remote location and openness to the elements. It's believed some of the bodies may have been out there for years.

As many as 10 sets of remains may have been discovered so far in the thick brush along the desolate stretch of beach.

"You're dealing with a very prolific, evil person - or group of people - assuming these are all linked," Fred Klein, an assistant professor of law at Hofstra University who helped prosecute Long Island killer Joel Rifkin in the early '90s, tells CBS.

"Once we got past the initial four (bodies), and now you have another cluster of four, nothing is going to shock me," Klein said when asked if the possibility of 10 linked victims surprised him.

But he is surprised by how close together the bodies have been found -- within a few miles of each other. Klein calls the discovery, "somewhat unique for a serial killer."

"Most of them want to spread the bodies apart so that if one is found, there is no connection to the others," he explains.

"It's definite that the police have very good leads. It's very unusual to find a burial site with multiple victims. So just from that alone - they've got leads," added Klein.

Criminologist Casey Jordan also weighed in on the case on "The Early Show." She said officials have to consider these bodies just the beginning of their investigation.

"When they initially found the four bodies in December, they were looking for a missing woman (Shannon Gilbert). We weren't looking for a serial killer at that time. As more bodies and remains have been found, it really raises the question how long has this been going on. We know one of the women identified has been missing since 2007. So it could go back three years, four years, maybe even a decade," says Jordan.

Gilbert has not been found yet.

"We do not know the identities of the last four or five human remains that have been found in the last 10 days," notes Jordan. "She might be one of them. We don't know yet. No one has confirmed it. Police are not saying anything. If we haven't found her, is she going to be found eventually? How many more will?"

Co-anchor Chris Wragge asked Jordan if this could be the work of one person.

"You can't rule out the two-person theory," Jordan replied. "We have seen that there are serial killers that work in pairs, one disciple training the other. That raises the risk of apprehension that you're more likely to get caught if you have more than one person. I actually don't go for that theory. I still think it's the work of one individual driven by a personal need for power and control. And, again, that sexual component. And now we know about the phone calls that were made to the younger sister -- a really exploitative individual."

As for theories that the person or persons of interest could have a law enforcement background, Jordan said she doesn't buy it, yet.

"We know that many serial killers that we study have a penchant for power, control, and they're attracted to law enforcement careers," she said. "A lot of time they're auxiliary police officers, have applied to be officers and have not been hired. They're resentful. They work as security guards but they want people to think they're involved in law enforcement, carry fake badges, that sort of thing. Unless the police can tell us why they think that, I'm not buying it yet."

Jordan also commented on reports that a young child's remains were found Monday.

She suggests that some women who post sexual service ads online might get a call for work late at night, and if they can't find childcare in a pinch, may chose to bring that child along.

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