A disgraced former police chief ‘is shrouded in accusations of being tied to the Gilgo Beach murders’, a sensational new podcast claims.
Unraveled: Long Island Serial Killer, released on Wednesday, delves into the search for the man who murdered almost a dozen women before disposing of their bodies along the desolate beach.
Between 2010 and 2011, 11 sets of human remains were uncovered by the beach, located in Suffolk County, Long Island, an hour east of New York City.
Most of the victims were young prostitutes, and no one has yet been arrested for their deaths.
Unraveled, hosted by Billy Jensen and Alexis Linkletter, puts the spotlight on ex-Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, who headed the department from 2011 until his resignation in 2015.
Burke was jailed for 46 months back in 2016 after pleading guilty to a civil rights violation arising out of an assault on a local man by the name of Christopher Loeb in 2012, while he was serving in the top job.
Unraveled, hosted by Billy Jensen and Alexis Linkletter, puts the spotlight on ex-Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, who headed the department from 2011 until his resignation in 2015. The disgraced former cop is pictured in 2016
Between 2010 and 2011, 11 sets of human remains were uncovered near Gilgo Beach, located in Suffolk County on Long Island, an hour east of New York City. This map shows the locations where some of the victims were found, and the distance between the crime scenes
Loeb had stolen a navy duffel bag from the back of Burke’s SUV in December of that year, before he was subsequently tracked down police. Loeb says Burke took him back to the station and assaulted him.
Loeb is interviewed in the first episode of Unraveled, where he sensationally claims that Burke may have beaten him because he found an incriminating item inside the duffel bag.
During the podcast, Loeb tells producers that the duffel bag contained a pink butt plug, handcuffs, a whistle and several pornography DVDs.
Loeb alleges that he put one of the DVDs into a player and was stunned by what he saw.
‘I put it on for about two minutes, I saw a guy with a mask on torturing a girl, a prostitute. She was tied behind her back, make up was running down her back, she was scared to death,’ Leob claims.
He says it was a ‘snuff film’ – otherwise known as a pornographic movie of an actual murder.
The producers of Unraveled admit they have no way of verifying Loeb’s accusations, but state: ‘Its so out there, but so much of this story is out there.’
Christopher Loeb (pictured) was beaten by Police Chief Burke back in 2012 after he stole his duffel bag. Loeb told the Unraveled podcast that the duffel bag contained a snuff film
Unraveled: Long Island Serial Killer, released on Wednesday, delves into the search for the man who murdered almost a dozen women before disposing of their bodies along the desolate beach
Prior to becoming Suffolk County Police Chief, Burke had been busted for ‘having sex in his patrol car while in uniform with a prostitute who used crack cocaine’, according to The New York Times.
Vice claims Burke has been described by those who know him as a ‘sex-obsessed narcissist and a ‘middle-aged bachelor with a vulgar disregard for social niceties’.
He became Suffolk County Police Chief shortly after the remains of the victims were discovered on Gilgo Beach.
According to Unraveled,’just weeks after entering office, Burke shut the FBI out of the investigation into the Gilgo Beach serial killer.’
More episodes of the podcast will be released next month, and will further probe the ex- cop.
Burke was released from prison in 2019 after completing his sentence for his assault on Loeb.
An aerial view of the area near Gilgo Beach where police found the remains in 2010 and 2011
However, Loeb is not the only person to theorize that Burke could be connected to the Gilgo Beach case.
In 2016, an attorney for the family of Shannan Gilbert – who is believed to have been a victim of the Gilgo Beach serial killer – said Burke should be investigated.
The attorney brought forth a Long Island escort who said she had an aggressive sexual encounter with Burke back in 2011.
The incident allegedly occurred at a home in the same area where Gilbert disappeared, not far from Gilgo Beach.
‘I say it brings a direct connection between Burke and those poor dead victims lying along Ocean Parkway,’ Ray stated.
At the time, Burke’s attorney scoffed at the allegation.
Shannan Gilbert was working as an escort when she disappeared in the early morning hours of May 1, 2010. Investigation into her case led to the discovery of different buried on Gilgo Beach
The Gilgo Beach killings have made national headlines and were recently the subject of a Netflix film, titled Lost Girls.
The 2010 disappearance of Gilbert, a 24-year-old sex worker who vanished after leaving a client’s house on foot near Gilgo Beach, triggered a hunt that exposed the larger mystery.
A police officer and his cadaver dog were looking for Gilbert’s body in the thicket near the beach when they happened upon the remains of a different woman. Within days, three other bodies were found, all within a short walk of one another.
By spring 2011, that number had climbed to 10 sets of human remains – eight women, a man and a toddler.
The first four bodies found were those of women in their 20s who worked as prostitutes, according to police.
Maureen Brainard Barnes, 25, went missing on July 9, 2007. Her remains were found on December 13, 2010.
Megan Waterman, 22, who had a daughter, went missing on June 6, 2010. Her body was also found on December 13, 2010.
The remains of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, who had been living in the Bronx at the time, and Amber Lynn Costello, 27, were also found on December 13, 2010.
Barthelemy’s body was the first to be found. She went missing on July 12, 2009. Costello disappeared on September 2, 2010.
In March 2011,police discovered the skull of a 20-year-old prostitute identified as Jessica Taylor.
Five more remains were discovered at Gilgo Beach over the next two weeks.
‘Gilgo Four’: These photos show the first four victims who were found a decade ago near Gilgo Beach, Long Island, as part of an investigation into a serial killer
Meanwhile, Shannan Gilbert’s body was later found in the marsh in the community of Oak Beach in December 2011, about three miles east of where the other 10 sets were discovered.
Police have long maintained that Gilbert’s death was accidental and excluded her from the 10 other bodies found during the case.
They said at the time that she drowned in a drug-induced haze after wandering into the wetland, but her relatives have long disputed that determination.
An independent autopsy results commissioned by Gilbert’s mother indicated she too may have been strangled like the other victims.
Shannan Gilbert (seen above), a 24-year-old sex worker, went missing in 2010. Her disappearance ended up uncovering the other killings
Police use cadaver dogs to search the thick brush on the side of the road near Oak Beach, Long Island, on April 5, 2011