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That said, I've gotten messages via Instagram, Twitter and more about the show, some theories, some suspects, etc. I've been kinda' surprised by the messages, and by how passionate the community of listeners/readers is!
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Some people are natural followers. In a case like this, with multiple suspects, a variety of personalities, figures and public images, it’s hard to determine just who, in reality, is at the rotten center of the apple. That said, the figure I refer to as The Purse - he’s a hanger-on.
I call this individual The Purse because they aren’t quite at the same monetary level as The Banker or even The Gentleman, but is following in their footsteps, trying to keep up, and impress them, using his monetary value, and his position as a businessman to help pay for escorts, hotels, homes, etc. The Purse, unlike the potential solo killers mentioned previously, is part of a duo or possibly group of killers. He’s not one to do any of this on his (or her) own. He’s not a leader. The idea to commit these crimes may have been in his mind for years, but he never had the guts to do it, until he saw others doing it.
Michael Maccoby wrote about the idea of followers, and more specifically, the power of transference, in 2004. He highlights the idea of power and its influence fairly succinctly for the Harvard Business Review, and shines a light on the potential psychological connection(s) between The Purse and one or more of the other suspects.
“More influential, much of the time, are the irrational motivations that lie outside the realm of our awareness and, therefore, beyond our ability to control them. For the most part, these motivations arise from the powerful images and emotions in our unconscious that we project onto our relationships with leaders,” (Maccoby 2004). These “irrational motivations” most likely stem from years of friendship or connection to one of the other suspects in this case. The Purse emulating this figure during these moments that resulted in the deaths of the Gilgo Beach 4 (GB4).
I believe The Purse has been connected to one or more of the figures in this case since childhood. I see them growing up together, playing sports, chasing girls, raising hell, doing all the things young men typically do. But at some point, that developmental phase of their lives becomes corrupted and once they enter their twenties, a darker connection forms between them. As Mark Van Pugt wrote in 2012, “... our hardwired tendencies to follow backfire when we are exposed to the wrong sorts of models, particularly in childhood.”
One could also look at this theory of influence or transference in terms of the case itself.
A theory is presented, in this case, by police commissioner Richard Dormer, that Long Island had a serial killer on its’ hands, and everyone following the case, myself included, began to think that a lone killer in the night was stalking these women or hiring these women, killing them, and dumping their bodies along a secluded beach. If you look on popular social media groups about the case, or follow along over on a site like Websleuths, the lone killer theory is still the most prominent.
Many highlight the possible theory that Shannan Gilbert was murdered by the figure known as The Purse, however; I do not. In terms of the “pair of killers” theory, this makes sense, that the most famous of the girls found at Gilgo Beach would’ve been the sloppy work of a frenzied Purse, makes sense, however; while I believe The Purse was possibly there the night Shannan disappeared and died, I do not believe The Purse was the one to do it. Remember, The Purse is a follower. For him to suddenly take charge and execute a plan or act on his emotions would be somewhat out of character. That doesn’t mean The Purse is innocent of any wrongdoing, he still helped set up these girls for his partner, he still helped dispose of the bodies, and he still hid the truth from authorities.
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- I am currently working on setting up a meeting with a woman who has a valuable piece of evidence in this case. This is a connection through another connection, so, I'm playing this one close to the vest.
- The second episode of the podcast will be available on April 23rd, in the morning, just in time for your commute!
- The next blog will be centered around another suspect profile.
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If you follow our Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed that recently, I attended an open forum hosted by Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini. Sini got involved in the events at Gilgo Beach later than some, and was happy to let the FBI in on the case, while serving as police commissioner for what seems like five minutes. His appearance in The Killing Season painted him as a sort-of “white knight” figure, a crusader against corruption on Long Island.
The symposium I attended, called “The Verdict,” is meant to serve as a transparent look inside Sini’s office, while highlighting the good his office is apparently doing. Sini is relatively young, handsome, and has certainly made great strides towards reversing the notion that Suffolk County is super corrupt. Holding one of the first of these “town hall”-style meetings at a high school in the town of Brookhaven (long nicknamed “Crookhaven”) was a nice touch.
When Sini was appointed police commissioner at 35 years old, Newsday was quick with an editorial highlighting his lack of experience in a managerial capacity. This may ring true, even now, as Sini highlighted that he’s brought on numerous figures to oversee various aspects of Suffolk County’s legal hurdles. While yes, more jobs and more experienced people in an office is a good thing, the more folks there are, the higher probability for corruption exists.
I tweeted the other day and have said in discussions with sources that MS-13 was the perfect gift for Sini, Suffolk County and the citizens of Long Island. While yes, gang activity is terrible, it has since drawn resources and attention away from the events at Gilgo Beach (events, which, according to various towns who claim ownership of the area, didn’t actually occur in the area, even though they’re more than happy to claim that the beaches are the best on Long Island). The rise of a legitimate gang problem on Long Island shifts the focus for Sini away from the unsolved murders and lack of arrests made in the Gilgo Beach killings, and on something more tangible and visible, something that every Long Islander eager to protect their property value can rally behind - the elimination of MS-13 from public schools and our streets.
Is Tim Sini doing a bad job? Not at all, I, personally, like him very much. That said, he reminds me a little too much of a famous District Attorney from the pages of Batman - Harvey Dent.
Dent started idealistic, took on organized crime, murder and more, and in the end, became the corruption he promised to fight. “I believe in Harvey Dent,” is the slogan used in the comics and in the film The Dark Knight. I believe in Tim Sini, but I worry that focusing on MS-13 and surrounding yourself with too many cooks can certainly spoil the broth. Losing sight of finding the Long Island Serial Killer may not seem like a big deal, but by not following through and doggedly pursuing the case, you show that you don’t care about the plight of the sex worker.
I leave it to Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight to put it simply: