The New York Police Department Detective who headed the hunt for New York's infamous 'Son of Sam' serial killer has shared his views on the Long Island serial killer. Just last week two human teeth were found in Nassau County close to where the serial killer's tenth victim's remains were found.
The Irish-born Police Commissioner, Richard Dormer, has now widened the search of the area further into Nassau County.
Joseph Coffey, the detective who headed up the hunt for David Berkowitz, aka "The Son of Sam" spoke to CNN about the Long Island serial killer. In 1976 Berkowitz terrorized New York City murdering six people. Berkowitz claimed he was commanded to kill by a demon who possessed his neighbor's dog. Coffey confessed that he had "a certain amount of rage in my heart with regards Mr Berkowitz…emotionally you have memories coming back to you all the time."
Dormer and his team were faced with the difficult task of searching for these women's remains, on Long Island, in thick gorse where even police dogs could not penetrate and along the coast, in bays and inlets. Coffey maintains that this serial killer had no intention of getting caught.
"Keep this in mind, these bodies were hidden for a purpose. Whoever this is didn't anticipate these bodies being found," he said. "When he started his crime wave it was a vendetta he was afraid of getting caught."
Coffey believes that the four victims who have been identified will hold the answers to who this serial killer is. The women, Maureen Brainard-Barnes of Norwich, Connecticut, Amber Lynn Costello, of North Babylon, Long Island, and Megan Waterman, from Scarborough, Maine, were all prostitutes who advertised on the classifieds website Craigslist.
He believes that taxi drivers might hold the answer to identifying the killer. He said "Interview cab drivers not necessarily as the perpetrator but as witnesses because these women had to have transportation to get to and from their jobs."
He added that whoever has committed these crimes could not have done so, and concealed the bodies so well, without a thorough knowledge of the area. He said "Whoever is doing this knows this area, whether he was born and raised here or whether he still lives here you couldn't do what this person is doing without knowing this area."
Some maintain that is no mistake that the victims remains were found, that perhaps the murderer got sloppy or wants to be caught. However, Coffey maintain this idea is a fallacy. He said "They say that all the time when it's a serial killer he wants to be caught but it's bologna….They love the game and this is a game to them."
Police in the Nassua area are now fanning out and searching through the brush and bramble-filled country north of the town of Oyster Bad. Police also used divers to scour the sea-floor using metal detectors and poles in search of evidence.
Suffolk County marine deputy inspector, Harold Jantzen said "It could be a piece of jewelry, it could be a piece of apparel, anything of interest."