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.