Docuseries, podcast and media put spotlight on Gilgo Beach serial killings


Editor’s Note: A statement from the Suffolk County Police Department has been added to the initial report.

After over 10 years with at least 11 confirmed victims, the Gilgo Beach/Long Island serial killer investigation continues and is gaining recent media attention. 

New coverage has come to light in the last six months, including recent reports from news outlets on new evidence recently shared to the public by Suffolk police. There’s also been a Netflix movie about it called “Lost Girls” released last March and a true crime documentary series “Unraveled: The Long Island Serial Killer,” hosted by investigative journalists and native Long Islanders Alexis Linkletter and Billy Jensen. 

Linkletter and Jensen’s docuseries takes a deep dive into the case and the alleged corruption, cover-ups and sexual misconduct surrounding it. At the beginning of the year, the journalists also introduced “Unraveled: The Long Island Serial Killer,” a seven-part podcast, which listeners can find on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

The documentary is now streaming on Discovery+, check out the trailer below. 

Based on the recent traction the LISK case has received with podcasts, films, and media coverage, local politicians are coming forward to express their frustrations and to get some answers. 

Today at a press conference in Oak Beach, New York State Senator Phil Boyle announced he will be sending three letters to New York State Attorney General Letitia James, Suffolk County Police Department Chief and acting Police Commissioner Stuart Cameron and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. 

The first letter to James calls on the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to review the initial stages of the LISK investigation and the actions of disgraced former Suffolk County Police Commissioner James Burke, corrupt former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. 

The second asks Cameron to release public information about former chief Burke’s clearance as a suspect in the case. 

The third letter demands Bellone to say why he didn’t fire Burke when he removed the FBI from the investigation in 2012. 

“We need to focus on getting this case solved, getting justice for the victims, justice for their families, and protecting all women in Suffolk County and throughout New York State,” Boyle said.

The Suffolk County Police Department reached out to with a statement regarding the current status of the serial killing investigation.

“The Gilgo Beach homicide investigation continues to be a top priority for the Suffolk County Police Department. The department has detectives who are solely dedicated to this investigation and our department is working closely with both the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and with the FBI,” said the SCPD. “The Suffolk County Police Department does not comment on suspects in any criminal investigation.”

Top: The list of confirmed victims of the Long Island serial killings.