Wednesday, January 04, 2017

How Websleuths and A&E Filmmakers Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills Sparked A Revelation In Gilgo Beach Murder Cases

NEWSDAY December 30th 2016: How Websleuths and A&E Filmmakers Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills Sparked A Revelation In Gilgo Beach Murder Cases. When the biggest story in years broke this month in the unsolved Long Island Serial Killer case, few noticed that an online community of crime buffs and two filmmakers sparked the revelation. The news went national when local investigators reported to a federal database that a DNA match meant partial skeletal remains found on Ocean Parkway in 2011 belonged to an unidentified woman whose torso was discovered in Rockville Centre in 1997, which in turn confirmed the victim—dubbed “Peaches” because of her fruit tattoo—was the mother of the lone child recovered amid the carnage uncovered in the Gilgo Beach murders probe. It was widely reported to be the most significant update in the investigation since the last bodies were found. Although most reports omitted it, the story behind how this forensic clue was unearthed raises as many questions about the case as the news itself.

“Unfortunately, we’re playing catch up,” Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD cold case investigator told the Press while questioning why authorities didn’t announce Peaches’ link to Gilgo sooner. “We haven’t given her a name yet, but at least we have a connection.” News of the link came on the week of the sixth anniversary of police finding the first of 10 murder victims along Ocean Parkway—11 for those that believe the missing woman authorities were looking for at the time, Shannan Gilbert, was also slain, although investigators have said they suspect she accidentally drowned in Oak Beach. Besides Gilbert, five of the victims have been identified. All five were last known to be sex workers.

Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills, the filmmakers that produced The Killing Season, sent the same question to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office last month to follow up on Fieldnotes’ observation. The Press sent similar queries to the Nassau ME earlier this month. Eric Smith, a forensic medical investigator in the Nassau ME’s office, confirmed Dec. 13 that the reason Jane Doe No. 3 didn’t appear to be in NamUs is because she was actually Peaches, but the Peaches file wasn’t clarified to reflect that until Dec. 8. “It had always been our…belief that identifying the unidentified along Ocean Parkway would lead to a break in the case and we really believed that the Websleuths community could help do this,” Zeman said.  READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE
A&E’s The Killing Season Episode Six “A Killer on the Road” Was One of The Top Rated Shows in The 8 Part Series with 519,000 viewers and Featured Me. After private investigator Bill Warner’s alarming revelation that there exists long haul truckers moonlighting as serial killers terrorizing America’s interstate system, Josh and Rachel begin a cross-country journey to research these killers on wheels. While hitchhiking, the filmmakers encounter women who work truck stops, despairingly referred to as “lot lizards,” and hear first hand accounts of the dangers they experience everyday.
As Josh and Rachel delve deeper, they uncover systemic failures in law enforcement allowing these mobile killers to run wild. A disturbing confession by a former trucker, serving a life sentence for murder, propels Josh and Rachel on a hunt for his accomplices. When a potential serial killer turns up dead in West Virginia, the investigation takes a surprising turn and we learn that things are not always what they seem.

The Killing Season has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, it has a score of 63 out of 100 based on four reviews.

No Title Original air date U.S. viewers
1 “Whoever Fears Monsters” November 12, 2016 472,000

2 “The Most Dangerous Game” November 12, 2016... 432,000

3 “Danse Macabre” November 19, 2016.......... 535,000

4 “A Darkness on the Edge of Town” November 19, 2016 529,000

5 “Different Seasons” November 26, 2016 428,000
6 “A Killer on the Road” November 26, 2016 519,000
7 “Wasteland” December 3, 2016 478,000
8 “American Nightmare” December 3, 2016 480,000

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