In 2011, not long after the bodies of the Gilgo Beach 4 (GB4) were found, news broke that the sister of one of the girls, Amanda Barthelemy, had received around six phone calls believed to be from the killer. Early on, reports painted this individual as “sick,” or “twisted,” but in recent years, there’s been information released that this individual sounded intoxicated, was of Caucasian descent, and spoke pretty well.
For the purposes of this blog series, we’ll refer to him as The Well-Spoken Man to avoid any potential murkiness with naming suspects or individuals. That said, having done a bit of research, and spoken to a few different sources, The Well-Spoken Man’s identity has become a bit more clear to me, and those watching the case closely.
There’s been multiple reports that this individual is well-to-do, has multiple connections with higher-up individuals, as well as those with money, and puts an emphasis on his “s” and “t”-words when speaking. I think this is in part connected to a segment of linguistics dubbed sociolinguistics, in which an individual will alter or assimilate parts of speech or patterns of speech to further entrench themselves into the community or world they’ve found themselves in. This is an individual who has perhaps attended the finest private schools on the east coast, and surrounded himself with powerful individuals.
This is an individual with easy access to Times Square, Madison Square Garden and Massapequa, a fairly affluent area of Long Island not tremendously far from Gilgo Beach. The reason we mention those three places is because police were able to pinpoint his calls from those particular spots, indicating that the individual is smart enough to know how to throw off the police, revealing an intimate working knowledge of police procedure, or at the very least. Or he’s a fan of CSI and knows that a phone can’t be traced in a hugely populated area.
The Well-Spoken Man may have found himself in possession of Melissa’s cell phone through a variety of ways, however; the simplest explanation is best: he was there when she vanished. In his phone calls, he indicated that he was watching Melissa rot, and that she was a “whore,” among other things. The key here is saying he was watching her rot, which, to many researchers indicates that this individual had a storage facility of some kind on his property where he may have kept one or all of the victims before disposing of them in his trophy garden.
This is the first of multiple entries centered around the individual(s) who are believed to have committed these crimes. None of the figures’ real names will be used, other than John Bittrolff, who is currently in jail and awaiting potential additional sentencing for the Gilgo Beach killings. If you have any information related to the events at Gilgo Beach, please reach out here.
Over the past few weeks, having been in touch with a new source, my personal beliefs and feelings regarding the night Shannan Gilbert “disappeared” have begun to solidify. Listening to interviews with John Ray, the Gilbert family attorney, as well as others, has only helped to crystalize my initial theory regarding the reality of the Gilgo Beach or Long Island Serial Killer (LISK). That said, as I continue working on this theory and talk to more sources, I’ll of course write about them here.
The podcast is coming along nicely, I’m happy to report. Editing isn’t as easy as I initially imagined, however; it’s a work in progress. To get a more minute by minute report of what’s going on, you can follow us @VoicesFromGilgo on Twitter and Instagram, as well as my personal Twitter account, @RobertOttone for more.
Anyway, the purpose of this blog was more to update you, the reader, as to what’s going on, and to that end:
I apologize for not having more information for you, but this week has been slow, I was out of town and am heavily focused on the getting the podcast ready for you all. As always, feel free to email, hit me up on the social media mentioned above with any and all questions, and if you know anything that you think could be pertinent or warrants investigation, contact me.
As news and events happen, it becomes important to reference those events here in the blog. The podcast is coming this month (most likely around Valentine’s Day), which is going to be interesting, but it comes with a few caveats. Also, an interview with a fascinating theorist about what happened at Gilgo Beach the night(s) the girls were murdered will be coming, too.
Anyways, let’s talk about what happened the other day on Ocean Parkway. Now, if you were in the area, you know that this was more than just a car accident. I tried to update as the news unfolded on our Twitter account, but the information I was receiving was pretty contrary. Eventually, the car accident story was what’s become the generally accepted narrative of events. This is fine. That established, I had contacts telling me there were police choppers in the area, as well as search teams combing the brush. Now, a simple car accident, on the surface, doesn’t seem to require a search team and choppers, but I’m not a police officer, so, my threat analysis skills may be low.
That said, something was happening by Ocean Parkway that resulted in the entire stretch of road being closed, surrounded by police and search crews, and swarmed by choppers. Take that for what you will.
The night Shannan Gilbert “disappeared” is a strange one. She was meeting a client, Joseph Brewer, at his home near Oak Beach/Gilgo Beach, when something scared her enough to make her think she was going to die that night. Shannan had been abusing drugs with Brewer that night, and had a history of mental illness (connected to her family), so it stands to reason that, perhaps during a drug-induced daze, she mistook Brewer’s advances for threats and ran off into the night.
There’s an image of Shannan, hiding under neighbor Gus Colletti’s boat in his yard while Michael Pak, Shannan’s driver, as well as Brewer, searched for her. A strung-out, terrified woman, hiding under a boat, waiting for salvation of some kind after pounding on Colletti’s door, desperate for aid. To put yourself in her position sends a shiver up your spine.
At some point after that, Shannan vanished. The police would eventually arrive (hours later, citing that they couldn’t trace where Shannan was, due to her incoherence and inability to tell them) after Shannan made a 23+ minute phone call to 9-1-1. The contents of that phone call remain under wraps, even though they were supposed to be released in November.
The last night of Shannan Gilbert remains a mystery. Many chalk her death up to “death by misadventure,” while others still believe her to be a victim of the Long Island Serial Killer (LISK). It was during the search for her body that the bodies of the other girls were found. Some believe she was chased into the marsh where her remains were eventually discovered, while others believe she was hallucinating when, during her phone call to the police she stated that “they” were trying to kill her.
Then who is the “they?” Brewer and Pak? Brewer was eliminated as a suspect early on in the investigation. Same with Pak. Who else was at Brewer’s? Is it the red herring, Dr. Peter Hackett? I use the term “red herring” loosely, as I believe Hackett to be the ultimate smokescreen to pull attention from where everyone should be looking. Hackett the fame-hound, who fakes heart attacks to avoid questioning and cries about his pacemaker being affected by cameras and cell phones.
Maybe Shannan was luckier than the other girls? Maybe her making that phone call stopped LISK from continuing? Possible, one supposes, but not likely. Bodies with similar M.O.s continue to pop up in Suffolk and Nassau counties.
Whatever happened to Shannan that night was horrific, and resulted in the death of a very disturbed young woman trying to make a living. From that horrific night came the discovery of multiple bodies.