So, just to cover some bases, the podcast is moving along nicely and we’re approaching the final two episodes, not counting the bonus episode which will now launch after the last normally scheduled episode.
The difficulty is balancing my regular life with the podcast, as well as the difficulty in running into walls with the investigation. In a case like this, no one talks. And if they do talk, it’s either a warning or conjecture or crack or theories, so it’s not the easiest line to walk.
thT said, some amazing people have come forward and I’ve been lucky to chat with them, and having done so, my theory of what happened the night Shannan Gilbert died has taken clearer shape.
Episode five will address some of the ideas as to why this case wasn’t solved, and will address some of the figures I’ve talked to about the case since starting this project.
Also, the next project is taking shape, slowly, so stay tuned.
One of the more recent figures I’ve seen emerge in this case is a character I refer to as The Face. This individual I believe to be in jail currently, facing a sentence for unrelated crimes, but I believe their path to darkness started at Gilgo Beach and the Long Island Serial Killer.
The Face is, most likely, the youngest of the suspects in this case, having an extensive background as a figure setting up rendezvous for powerful men on Long Island. Not a pimp or overseer of sex workers, but perhaps a facilitator of transaction or a “scout” of sorts for men and women looking to partake in the sex trade.
This is a figure who embodies the theory of escalation. Perhaps over time, they would begin physically assaulting the individuals they would line up for these powerful figures, then, eventually, they’d have started participating in the sexually-aggressive and brutal procedures of the Johns they’d been working for. Treating sex workers as items, as toys, and when done with them, discarding them.
There are multiple reports of The Face online that exhibit evidence of a dual life, one facing the public in a fairly obvious social-climber type way, and the other, as a figure working in the sex trade themselves before taking on the role of facilitator for Long Island and metro-NY Johns.
From what I’ve gathered, the suspect known as The Face may currently be in jail, possibly not even in the United States, stemming from the murder of a male sex worker.
The Face, an exercise in escalation, is a scary figure, their psyche frazzled from exposure to the violence of Johns on sex workers. Over time, this psyche shatters more, resulting in more violent behavior, resulting in the deaths of the GB4, and becoming a suspect in the case of the Long Island Serial Killer.
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With that out of the way, let’s move onto the suspect profile I’ve been looking forward to writing the most out of all of them - The Gentleman.
The Gentleman is the furthest thing from what his name implies. While he’s got friends in high places and enjoys the “finer” things in life, he enjoys getting his hands dirty. He enjoys diving into the dirt and grime of Long Island and coming out with that negativity connected to himself.
Those I’ve talked to in reference to The Gentleman have all referred to him as a monster, a thug, or a crook. Having never met The Gentleman personally, I can’t echo these opinions, however; there has to be a reason so many say these things. The Gentleman is, by far, the most controversial figure in this case. He’s a man of means and power, and abuses that power for his own negative gains.
The Gentleman is a figure with enormous power over others, different than the power wielded by The Banker. Power over individuals who have deeper connections to crime, or a kind of “underworld” on Long Island. Drugs, robberies, homicides and more, are the potential trade of The Gentleman, though he keeps his public persona on the up and up.
“A lot of people blame cruelty on dehumanization. They say that when you fail to appreciate the humanity of other people, that’s where genocide and slavery and all sorts of evils come from. I don’t think that’s entirely wrong,” said Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom in an interview with Vox last year. “I think a lot of real awful things we do to other people arise from the fact that we don't see them as people.”
The notion of living in and existing and thriving on cruelty, possibly due to upbringing or a psychological defect, is what drives The Gentleman to do the terrible things he does. The Gentleman may even be the offspring of another damaged psyche, an individual who he perhaps emulates through either a psychological desire to replace this figure or through a desire to prove himself to this figure. This initial parent-figure would be remarkably similar to The Gentleman, and is perhaps well-known in some underground circles.
The Gentleman is perhaps the most fearsome and threatening figure in this entire case. While yes, there are other terrible suspects written about both on this site and on various other true crime message boards relating to the Long Island Serial Killer, I, personally, would fear a figure like The Gentleman the most.