‘Grim Tide: Hunting the Long Island Serial Killer’ explores unsolved murder cases

True Crime November 7, 2021
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FOX News Podcasts presents “Grim Tide: Hunting the Long Island Serial Killer,” an investigative series covering the ongoing murder mysteries plaguing Suffolk County communities on Long Island, New York. With the help of new technology, the FOX News Investigative Unit is delving into this case to follow new leads and uncover never-before-heard details. This killer has seemed to target sex workers, and host Laura Ingle investigates in this podcast.

Over ten years ago, police dogs found a female body ashore Long Island’s Gilgo Beach. Police searched the area and found three dismembered bodies in burlap bags in bushes near the highway. A few months after finding “The Gilgo Four,” 24-year-old sex worker Shannan Gilbert’s body was found at the nearby Oak Beach, in addition to a deceased toddler, body parts, and a man. Before Shannan died, she knocked on neighbors’ doors in distress, and dialed 911 before bolting out the door and disappearing into the darkness. Shannan’s former boyfriend appeared on the first episode to share his interactions when first reporting Shannan missing and what happened when he turned to Oak Beach’s community for answers.

Investigators believe this is the work of a serial killer, or killers, and law enforcement broadened the search all over Long Island, with more than ten confirmed killings, and the killer still presumably at-large.

Without substantial evidence to formally announce suspects, investigators on the podcast are suspicious of community members who have made questionable statements during depositions. Oak Beach locals and law enforcement speculate there is a community cover-up, and people are hiding dark secrets. Long Islanders and police believe the killer is someone local to or familiar with the area’s geography and knows the area’s patterns, such as when it is deserted enough to discard bodies. And they think the killer has inside knowledge of law enforcement due to sophisticated techniques and evading detection for years.

Listeners will hear stories from members of Oak Beach’s community, details from 911 calls, and info from a former escort who thinks she interacted with the killer. We learn about DNA matches linked to other locations, and positive IDs made for additional victims on episodes two and three.

By the third episode, listeners learn the killer harassed one of the victim’s sisters with torturous phone calls while the victim was still missing, before her body was found. The calls could only be traced to a nearby tower. We hear how the FBI stepped in and identified 90 points of interest in Suffolk County. By the fourth episode, we hear about the autopsy performed by forensic pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden.

We’ll also hear from lead investigators on the Long Island Serial Killer’s case. Listeners will learn from investigator Paul Holes, who helped crack the Golden State Killer case, on how new leads can be found. Paul shares his theories, specifically about the male victim who was the only intact body, besides the toddler, that was not dismembered. Through DNA testing, the toddler’s mother was identified by dismembered body parts, and traced to Nassau County, New York. DNA testing will be critical to any new leads for this case.

“Grim Tide: Hunting the Long Island Serial Killer” is easily bingeable for true crime fans, since all episode are under 25 minutes in length. All 8 episodes are now streaming, wherever you get your podcasts.

Listen to ‘Grim Tide: Hunting the Long Island Serial Killer’

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