Eight murdered women — four found on Long Island among ten total bodies and four found in Atlantic City years ago — have all shown up recently in fake Facebook profiles, the Philadelphia Daily News reports today. The creepy and sparse page for Kim Raffo, for example, found in 2006, features no photograph and is only “friends” with the three other women with whom she was found dead. All four worked as prostitutes, linking them to the four identified women dumped around Long Island’s Gilgo Beach and Jones Beach, strangled and tied in burlap sacks, thought to be the work of a serial killer, though likely not connected to the Atlantic City killings. In a classic newspaper move, the News fails to link to or even picture any of the profiles, but we have them after the jump; the paper, though, does provide plenty of detail.
The victims include Molly Jean Dilts, 20; Kim Raffo, 35; Barbara Breidor, 42; Tracy Ann Roberts, 23; Amber Lynn Costello, 27; Megan Waterman, 22; Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25; Melissa Barthelemy, 24.
The Dilts profile can be seen here, though there’s not much to see, except that she is indeed friends with Raffo, Roberts, Breidor and Costello. Costello is only friends with Dilts and “Jane Doee.”
Someone, or a group of someones, is taking creepy role-playing to the next level, though, by using their fake profiles to comment on a memorial page for another local murder victim, Anne Marie Fahey, who was killed by her lawyer lover in 1996. The Atlantic City profiles blame Fahey’s murderer, Thomas Capano, for “their own” deaths:
“We are all angels,” the Tracy Roberts profile posted on Jan. 29. The Molly Jean Dilts profile then made the suggestion that “we were all killed by the Capano’s.”
“We are still waiting for justice. We were found in November 2006 in Mays Landing, NJ,” the posting read.
Immediately beneath Dilts’ comment, a blank Facebook profile with the name “Colleen Marie” said the following:
“They should also be looking at them in connection with 4 . . . girls found in Babylon NY. If something happens to me it is because I knew what they did back then and I know what did to you girls. I think I’m next.”
And so despite investigators pointing to differences between the two sets of found bodies, indicating that there are two killers, not everyone is convinced.
“The similarities are glaring. I still can’t conceive you have two serial killers committing the same murders in so close an area,” said one anonymous source. “It has to be the same person. He’s just getting better.”
That said, everyone is pretty sure the murderer is not behind the Facebook profiles — there’s certainly no shortage of fascinated borderline sickos with too much time on their hands.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 19, 2011