Two New York police Department (NYPD) officers are now suspected in the ‘Long Island Ripper’ case, headed up by Irish-born Police Commissioner, Richard Dormer.
The two police officers are now suspects in the serial slayings after investigators learned that they had gotten into trouble for hiring prostitutes while working for the department.
One is not longer in the department. He was forced out of his position in the 1990s when his bosses learnt he was spending time pursuing hookers and paying down-and-out women for sex while he was supposed to be on the beat. During the investigation into his conduct he resigned from his position.
The second police officer is still employed by the NYPD however he was stripped of his badge and gun having allegedly assaulted a prostitute. He was arrested during a sting operation.
Sources told the New York Post that the women had complained to the police. No criminal charges were filled. An internal probe was launched but the investigation went nowhere.
The policeman returned to the force but is now working a desk-job in the department in Manhattan. He no longer makes arrests or responds to emergencies.
The source said “They couldn't prove anything, but they didn't trust him.”
It is not known whether to the two disgraced cops know each other.
Suffolk County Department, headed up by County Laois-born Richard Dormer, would not comment on the story and prosecutors did not respond to queries.
Last month Suffolk County detectives confirmed that they were looking at NYPD cops. The confirmed that the killer likely worked in law enforcement or was familiar with police techniques. They were referring to have the killer abducted his victims and used insider knowledge to avoid being detected.
For example, how he used pre-paid cell phones to call victims before setting up appointments with the women for sex. When he called to mock the family of one of the prostitutes killed, he did so from her cell phone in a very crowded area so police could not locate him in time
The police have traced two called to Midtown Manhattan and Massapequa, LI, not far from where the first four prostitute’s bodies were dumped. All four women advertized on Craigslist. He strangled them, removed their clothes and wrapped them in burlap.
The four women were identified as Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon, LI; Megan Waterman, 22, of Scarborough, Maine; Melissa Barthelemy, 24, who went missing from The Bronx; and Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Conn.
The police department are not just focusing on these two police. They have been expanding their search of the area over the last month after ten bodies were found along the coast.