This week, we chat mean receptionists and catch up on pandemic life. Hannah tells us about a murder suspect who was arrested for one murder and confessed to 16. Then we review Unraveled: The Real Story of the Long Island Serial Killer. And Alanna tells us takes of stupid criminals on Reddit.
Unraveled: The Real Story of the Long Island Serial Killer
Unravelled: The Real Story of the Long Island Serial Killer Podcast is a 7 part podcast from Discovery plus.
In ‘Unraveled’, Alexis Linkletter and Billy Jensen investigate the investigation itself. There is also a companion special on Discovery+.
On May 1, 2010, a young sex worker named Shannon Gilbert went missing. In searching for her, Suffolk County uncovered 10 additional bodies, beginning an exhaustive and coordinated investigation assisted by the FBI. After Gilbert’s body was finally recovered on December 13, 2011, most stories of the Long Island Serial Killer end. This is where ‘Unraveled’ begins.
For Long Island natives Linkletter and Jensen, this is a personal journey. In ‘Unraveled’, the two shed a light on the tight-knit community that may be hiding the clues to the mystery, reveal witnesses that have been silenced, and expose the tangled web of corruption, sexual deviation, and the potential cover-up of the Long Island Serial Killer (LISK).
Just two days after the discovery of Gilbert’s body, James Burke was named chief of police. Burke immediately blew up the investigation, dismantling the team that had handled the case from the beginning, and mysteriously blocked the FBI from assisting in the case any further. After Burke was arrested on civil rights violation charges in 2016, new doubts were cast on the integrity of the LISK investigation, and the corruption within the police force was blown wide open.
The first episode is an interview with Christopher Loeb, the man who helped put Burke behind bars. Possibly one of the most explosive first episodes of a podcast I’ve ever listened to. The series goes on to explore how corruption within the Suffolk County PD could have severe implications on the investigation. And, perhaps most ominously, how Burke, the then chief of police, is shrouded in accusations of being tied to the deaths.
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