Art Imitates Life as A&E ‘The Killing Season’ Solves the Case as Lawyer Claims Link Between ex-NY Police Chief Burke and Unsolved Murders on Gilgo Beach Long Island NY
Thursday, December 15, 2016
UPDATE: A&E The Killing Season Gilgo Beach Murders: Lawyer says link between ex-NY police chief Burke and unsolved murders on Long Island NY. A&E filmmakers Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills were right all along with their 8 parts series “The Killing Season” on serial killers. The series explores how police agencies routinely fail to share information with one another, as evident by the notoriously under-utilized Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP), an FBI database designed to help catch America’s most violent offenders. Or, more specifically to the case at hand, how disgraced Suffolk Police Chief James Burke, who was recently sentenced to federal prison for corruption, refused to let the FBI help solve the Gilgo case. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/15/lawyer-claims-link-between-ex-ny-police-chief-and-unsolved-long-island-murders.html
FOX NEWS: The lawyer for the family of a prostitute whose body was found near a suspected serial killer’s dumping ground claimed Thursday that a disgraced former New York police chief regularly hired women for rough sex in a home near the scene. Attorney John Ray held a press conference Thursday with a prostitute, identified only as “Leanne,” who claims she was paid to have sex with former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke in 2011. The remains of four prostitutes, each covered in burlap and dumped in thick bramble on the south shore of Long Island, N.Y., along the edge of Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach, were discovered five years ago in a case that remains unsolved. Ray represents the family of Shannan Gilbert, a New Jersey escort whose body was found near the other women and whose death may also have been a homicide.
Burke, who reportedly blocked the FBI from investigating key evidence in the murders, is currently serving time in federal prison in a separate case. Burke was sentenced to 46 months for beating up a man who stole sex toys and other items from his car and then later orchestrating a cover-up. Burke has not been named a suspect or person of interest in the Long Island serial murders. “The allegations against my client don’t warrant a comment,” Burke’s attorney, John Meringolo, told FoxNews.com Thursday. On Thursday, “Leanne,” told reporters she met Burke at a party in Oak Beach in June 2011. According to the woman, Burke paid her $400 for “rough sex” at the home, a few miles from where the murdered prostitutes were found. The woman claims Burke hired her again for sex two months later.
According to an affidavit, the woman claims she observed Burke “roughly pull a young woman by her hair to the ground” at the party, which included cocaine. She said in sworn testimony that Burke was introduced to her as a “a high police official.” In August 2011, the woman said she met Burke for sex a second time in a bathroom at an undisclosed location. “He insisted upon oral sex, which was given,” the affidavit states. She described Burke as “aggressive” to reporters and said he called her a “whore” before throwing $300 or $400 in cash at her. “I was a little dehumanized,” she said.
A law enforcement source with knowledge of the Long Island serial killer investigation told FoxNews.com last month that Burke was being eyed as a person of interest in the murders, though the FBI declined to comment on the case. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said federal investigators were questioning Burke’s former girlfriends after learning he had a “violent past.” This is not the first time Burke — once Suffolk County’s top cop — has been linked to prostitution. A 1995 internal affairs report by the Suffolk County Police Department shows Burke — then a sergeant — had a months-long relationship with a convicted prostitute and drug dealer named Lowrita Rickenbacker, according to Newsday, which obtained a copy of the report.
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