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FBI Revives 40-Year-Old Manhunt for California’s ‘Most Prolific Serial Killer’

Renderings of the elusive serial killer.

Renderings of the elusive serial killer.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For 40 years, the FBI has been trying to track down California’s “most prolific serial killer.”

Known as the “East Area Rapist” and “Golden State Killer,” the unknown man has eluded authorities since he’s been accused of committing at least 12 murders, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s, Fox News reports.

The FBI said on Wednesday that its renewing its search for the elusive killer, offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Authorities called the man the “most prolific” serial killer in California history.

The victims and their families deserve justice,” FBI Special Agent in Charge, Monica Miller, told reporters. 

FBI Called to Help Track Possible Serial Killer in Suffolk County, NY

Suffolk County map.

Suffolk County map.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities believe a serial killer may be on the loose in Suffolk County, New York.

Two FBI agents are now assisting local police as they investigate the discovery of 10 sets of human remains scattered along Giglo Beach and Ocean Parkway, NBC New York reports. 

The FBI is helping develop a profile of the killer or killers as part of a behavioral science team.

Authorities still have not identified five of the 10 victims.

Netflix Series ‘Mindhunter’ Will Focus on Elite FBI Unit Tracking Down Serial Killer

David Fincher, via Wikipedia.

David Fincher, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Executive producers David Fincher and Charlize Theron are developing a crime drama involving the FBI for Netflix called “Mindhunter,” TV.com reports. 

The movie is based on a 1996 book, “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by former special agent John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

Netflix and Fincher are responsible for the largely successful show, “House of Cards,” which won an Emmy for directing the show’s pilot.

The show will involve the “pursuit-of-a-serial-killer” genre, which Fincher used in his films “Se7en” and “Zodiac.”

Playwright Joe Penhall will write the series.

Disgraced Police Chief Thwarted Federal Investigation into Serial Killer in Long Island

Ocean Parkway, Long Island, where bodies were found.

Ocean Parkway, Long Island, where bodies were found.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, who was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a man in 2012, stymied a federal investigation into a suspected serial killer in the Gilgo Beach murders, the New York Post reports. 

A source close to the investigation said Burke didn’t keep the feds updated on the unsolved murders of eight women, a man and a toddler in Long Island because he was under an FBI investigation for assaulting a man accused of stealing his sex toys.

“Burke never wanted us involved in this [serial killer] case because he knew we were ­investigating him,” said a federal source.

Burke was charged last week with viscously attacking a handcuffed suspect who stole items from his car, including pornography and sex toys.

“We’re going to take a good, hard look at this case with fresh eyes,” the federal source said. “We have the extensive resources and experienced investigators to solve this type of case.”

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FBI Joins Investigation of Possible Serial Killer in Long Island

Ocean Parkway, Long Island.

Ocean Parkway, Long Island.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities began discovering the remains of 11 human beings five years ago along a New York highway.

Now the FBI is joining the investigation to determine if a serial killer was responsible for the deaths, Fox News reports. 

Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Tim Simi announced the FBI’s involvement in the case Thursday, on the eve of the fifth-anniversary of the first body being discovered.

“Law enforcement techniques, particularly with homicide investigations, are ever changing, and we wanted to ensure that we are doing everything we can to solve these murders,” Sini said.

“Bringing the FBI to the table with all of its expertise and resources is a step in the right direction,” toward possibly finding a killer, Sini said. “Working together is the best way to solve complex cases.”

The bodies included eight women, a man and a toddler. They were found near Ocean Parkway on Long Island.

FBI Helps Investigate Case of Suspected Cleveland Serial Killer

clevelandBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping investigate whether a Cleveland truck driver linked to five killings was responsible for any other slayings, the Cleveland Dispatch reports.

Robert Rembert Jr., 45, who served prison time for a 1997 shooting death, has been charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of three people this year and one in 1997.

Rembert has been dubbed a “serial killer” by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who said investigators are examining Rembert’s truck routes to determine if he was involved in any other slayings.

Rembert is accused of sexually assaulting and strangling to death two women in June. He’s also accused of fatally shooting two men in the head last month.

FBI’s Sophisticated Database to Catch Serial Killers, Rapists Is Squandered

fbi logo large

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI built a sophisticated database to help catch serial killers and rapists but hardly anyone used it since its launch more than three decades ago, Newsweek reports.

The idea was to help local, state and federal law enforcement discern behavioral patterns, like the type of knife used or how a body was disposed.

Trouble is, law enforcement used the technology, called Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, or ViCap, in less than 1% of the violent crimes committed a year.

The FBI hasn’t divulged how many crimes ViCap has helped solve. In a 12-year period ending in the 1990s, only 33 crimes were linked to the use of the system, Newsweek wrote.

The program cost taxpayers about $30 million.

FBI Looking at Similarities of Women Killed Or Missing from Ohio Town

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents who are investigating a possible serial killer are looking at similarities in the lives of he six women who have been found dead or have gone missing in a small Ohio town, a former agent told ABC News.

ABC discovered that most of the women “ran in the same circle” and “a majority knew each other, often sharing similar personal stories.”

The lived in Chillicothe, Oh.

“They’ll start looking for any type of connections, whether they know each other whether their circumstances were similar — if they were all involved in drug use or maybe a majority of them, or were they involved in prostitution, were they from a certain area or did they frequent a certain area,” said former FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Gomez.

Many of the victims had drug problems.

The FBI also likely has a profiler to determine the traits of the suspect.