Bodies linked to prostitutes' murders in 'Long Island Ripper' hunt
THE HUNT for a suspected serial killer in Long Island took a dramatic new turn yesterday when the discovery of eight bodies was linked to murders of four prostitutes in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 2006.
Long Island residents were put on alert after police this week found the remains of four murder victims on a lonely beachfront road where the decomposed bodies of four others, all identified as female prostitutes, were found last December.
A police spokesman said officers would return on Monday to the same area of scrub close to Oak Beach on a barrier island barely 50 miles east of Manhattan that appears to have been the killer's dumping ground.
The county police are tight-lipped about the case, but there was word of a possible link between this alleged killer -- dubbed the 'Long Island Ripper' by the 'New York Post' -- and the unsolved murders in neighbouring Atlantic City.
Contacts were established with detectives in New Jersey after it emerged that one victim lived on Long Island shortly before she was murdered in Atlantic City.
Kim Raffo, who had a history of turning tricks and drug abuse, travelled there by bus following a row with her husband.
All the women found last year were escorts who generally used Craigslist, the website for classified advertising, to make contact with their customers.
They all disappeared between July 2007 and last September. (© Independent News Service)