Police investigating the Gilgo Beach serial killings are operating on the theory that the suspect committed the murders in his own home, a source told CNN.
The theory is based on the fact that the suspect’s family was out of town during the murders, suggesting he may have lured the victims to his home in Massapequa Park, New York, a source involved in the investigation told CNN. The Daily Wire is not naming the suspect in keeping with a company policy that seeks to deprive mass killers of the notoriety they often crave.
Authorities are operating under this theory, the source said, as they continue to search the suspect’s home for trace evidence of the victims. Killing them at his own home would have allowed him to control the environment while having easy access to the materials that were found along with the victims at Gilgo Beach on Long Island, such as tape and burlap bags.
The suspect’s wife filed for divorce on Wednesday, and her attorney, Bob Macedonio, told Fox News shortly after that the arrest has taken a toll on the family.
“This is all still a whirlwind,” Macedonio told the outlet. “Her and her children’s lives have been completely turned upside-down.”
Macedonio further said that about an hour after the 59-year-old suspect was arrested, authorities went to his house and informed his family about the arrest. They then seized the family’s passports, computers, phones, and iPads.
“They were home and the cops came in, and they were completely blindsided, and they told them what was going on,” Macedonio told Fox.
Investigators have had control of the home for the past week as they continue to search for evidence. They have reportedly recovered hundreds of guns. The suspect has pleaded not guilty.
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The 59-year-old suspect, who remained unidentified for more than a decade, was arrested last week for the murder of three women whose bodies were found on Gilgo Beach in Long Island, New York, in 2010.
All four bodies were found within days of each other. The body of Melissa Barthelemy was found on December 11, 2010, during a police training exercise with a K9, according to a bail application obtained by the Daily Beast. Two days later, police searched the area and discovered the bodies of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello. So far, the suspect has not been charged for Brainard-Barnes’ death but is the prime suspect.
He was arrested on July 13. If convicted, he faces multiple life sentences without parole.
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