People Magazine Investigates looks at the case of the Long Island Serial Killer

By Christine Pelisek
November 07, 2016 10:26 AM

It has been nearly six years since police on Long Island, New York, discovered the first of more than 10 dead bodies on Gilgo Beach linked to the so-called Long Island Serial Killer.

Though no suspects have been identified, the victims’ friends and family know this: The killer — or killers — enjoys taunting them.

Sara Karnes, a friend of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, the first of the victims to disappear, says she got an odd call a few days after the 25-year-old vanished in 2007.

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“Sara says she got a call from a blocked number from someone saying he knew where Maureen was: She was in a ‘whorehouse in Queens,’ ” says Robert Kolker, author of a book on the case, Lost Girls. Kolker is interviewed in the upcoming two-hour People Magazine Investigates special, “The Long Island Serial Killer,” which premieres Monday night on Investigation Discovery.

Karnes, who passed the information on to the police, says the man she spoke to didn’t have a typical New York accent.

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The special also delves into the phone calls made to Melissa Barthelemy’s sister, Amanda, after Melissa vanished on July 12, 2009.

Amanda picked up the phone expecting it to be Melissa — but she heard a man’s voice instead.

“She asked her if she was a whore like her sister,” says serial killer expert and criminal profiler John Kelly, who is interviewed on the show.

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Barthelemy and Brainard-Barnes were two of four escorts found buried in the same marshy, desolate area in Gilgo Beach in December 2010 — all within about 500 feet of each other, all strangled and wrapped in burlap.

The other two bodies belonged to Amber Costello and Megan Waterman. They were uncovered accidentally as police searched for a missing 24-year-old escort named Shannan Gilbert.

Over the next four months, six more remains were found in the Gilgo Beach area, including the remains of a toddler and an Asian male, suggesting it might be a dumping ground for a serial killer or killers.

People Magazine Investigates premieres Monday (9 p.m. ET) on Investigation Discovery.