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When a young escort goes missing after an outcall on Long Island in 2010, no one bothers to search for her. No one except a single detective and his dog. While looking, he stumbles upon the burial ground of a serial killer… or… killers? What unfolds is one of America’s greatest unsolved mysteries. The story was set into motion when a young woman named Shannan Gilbert went missing after an outcall to Oak Beach in Long Island.

The Case

Shannan Gilbert

This is Shannan Gilbert.

Photo Found HERE

Joe Brewer

She was visiting Joe Brewer that night.

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Dr. Peter Hackett

This is Dr. Peter Hackett who, it’s proven, called Shannan’s mother after she went missing. Dr. Hackett denies making this call and says he has no idea why there is a record of it. Although Shannan’s mother says Hackett confessed to interacting with Shannan the night she went missing, Dr. Hackett insists he never met her.

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Search of Gilgo Beach

In December, nearly 7 months after Shannan went missing, an officer and his pruppet were out in the Gilgo Beach area doing tracking training and looking for Shannan when they came across four bodies.

Photo found HERE

Gilgo Beach Four
Gilgo Beach Four

All four remains were evenly spaced and wrapped in burlap. Though they were all later determined to be escorts who offered their services on Craigslist like Shannan, none of them were Shannan.

Photo Found HERE

Gilgo Beach Memorial

When we discuss the “beach” where these women were found it is not the normal beach you would go to for vacation. Gilgo Beach, Oak Beach, and Jones beach are all filled with a thick, marshy terrain. Below is where one of the remains were found. You can see that even in the winter it would be difficult to navigate.

Photo found HERE

Gilgo Beach Map
Remains found at Gilgo Beach.

Eventually more remains were found in different parts of Gilgo, Jones, and Oak Beaches. Although they all had similar professions, they were disposed of in a different manner than the Gilgo Beach Four. Additionally, some remains were not complete and linked to other body parts that had been discovered in Long Island as early as 1996.

Photo found HERE

Interactive map of the remains found HERE

If you would like to learn more about the Long Island Serial Killer check out Robert Kolker’s book: Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery. You can get it free with our free 30-day trail of Audible! AudibleTrial.com/CrimeJunkie

My name is Ashley Flowers and I'm a Junkie, too.

I've been crime-obsessed since birth and the only thing I love more than true crime is my dog, Charlie. My work with Crime Stoppers has led me to do this podcast, and I am so excited to be your new true crime dealer.

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