December 15, 2011

A disagreement between Suffolk County officials emerged on Thursday over who may be responsible for the deaths of 10 people found over the last year along a seaside parkway on Long Island.

The Suffolk district attorney, Thomas J. Spota, told county legislators at a hearing that he disagreed with Police Commissioner Richard Dormer’s latest theory: that a single serial killer left the remains along several miles of highway between Jones and Gilgo Beaches.

Mr. Spota said he was “shocked and surprised” when he received a call from a reporter several weeks ago asking about Mr. Dormer’s change of heart. Mr. Spota added that Mr. Dormer had yet to discuss the revised theory with him personally.

“I would never even discuss this publicly, except I think that the facts that have been disclosed so far do not bear out the single-killer theory at all,” said Mr. Spota, who had previously declined to comment.

The district attorney and Mr. Dormer were in agreement in May when they appeared at a news conference to say that the authorities believed multiple killers were most likely responsible for the deaths.

The remains of eight women, a man and a toddler were found in the thick underbrush along the highway between last December and April.

Mr. Dormer said in an interview this month that he had revised his theory and thought that one killer was most likely responsible. He discounted the fact that some victims had been dismembered while some had not, arguing that serial killers often evolve and change their tactics. And Mr. Dormer pointed to the likelihood that all the victims were linked to the sex trade as another indicator that one killer was responsible.

On Thursday, Mr. Spota countered that because 5 of the 10 victims had yet to be identified, Mr. Dormer was not able to confirm that all had a link to the sex trade.

The toddler is thought to be a child of one of the unidentified women, believed to be a prostitute, Mr. Dormer has said. The man was found wearing women’s clothing, which Mr. Dormer said indicated that he might have been a prostitute. Mr. Spota said that men can be cross-dressers without being prostitutes.

The district attorney said that not only did he disagree with Mr. Dormer, but that many of the detectives investigating the case also did not share Mr. Dormer’s opinion. Mr. Dormer has conceded that others may not agree with him and has left open the possibility that he could change the theory.

Mr. Dormer, who is leaving office at the end of this month, testified before Mr. Spota’s appearance on Thursday but left before the district attorney’s testimony. A spokeswoman said later that Mr. Dormer had no comment on what Mr. Spota had said.

The hearing took place days after the police found another set of remains that they think are the corpse of Shannan Gilbert, a prostitute from New Jersey whose disappearance last year touched off the search. Investigators have said they think Ms. Gilbert’s death is probably unrelated to the others.



using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9



Thomas J. Spota

286411 1 17621          40


his path of destiny = 40 = Here to help.  Helping out his fellow human being.


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