I’ve been following the Long Island Serial Killer case for years, and I think this might be the biggest reveal we’ve seen yet. In 1997, nineteen years ago, a woman’s torso was discovered in Hempstead Lake State Park. Her identity is still unknown, but investigators have been calling her “Peaches” since the discovery, referring to a heart-shaped peach that was tattooed onto her left breast. Her torso was found wrapped in a black plastic bag and placed inside a green Rubbermaid bin that was left in a wooded area in Rockville Centre. Police know that Peaches was a black woman between 20 and 30 years old. Her torso showed signs of a surgical Cesarean section scar.
Now investigators are connecting Peaches via her DNA to partial skeletal remains that were discovered at Jones Beach State Park in 2011 (Jane Doe #3). Along with those skeletal remains were the remains of a child, since dubbed “Baby Doe.” The skeletal remains of the woman and the baby were wearing similar jewelry, suggesting they were mother and daughter. We now know that Peaches was Baby Doe’s mother and they were murdered around the time Peaches’s torso was found, in 1997.
This is a HUGE development, in my opinion. Many have suspected for a long time that Peaches was a victim of the Long Island Serial Killer and this revelation confirms it. Not only that, but it really extends the LISK’s killing timeline. This killer has been active for decades. Peaches and her daughter’s remains were located not far from where Jessica Taylor’s skull, hands, and forearm were discovered (the rest of her was discovered in Manorville, in July of 2003).
Many people believe that the victims located in the Gilgo Beach area could be the work of two separate serial killers, but I am on the fence about that. Arguably, there are different methods of disposing the bodies here–some have been dismembered and their remains scattered about different locations, others (the newest victims) were wrapped in burlap and placed in their final resting spots–but I think another possibility here is that the killer could have tired of dismembering and scattering body parts in different locations. After all, he wasn’t caught! Why go through the trouble of dismembering a body if you don’t have to?
While this information will certainly electrify the case, what bothers me the most about it is that police have had Peaches’s remains for nearly two decades–and they have had Baby Doe and her mother for six years. Why did it take so long to update the public about this connection? What is the Suffolk County police doing to solve this case and provide the community with answers? In one of my next posts, I’ll break down the victims by their known timelines, location, and manner in which they were found.
As a last note, if you are interested in this case, I would highly recommend watching the new docu-series on A&E called The Killing Season. In it, filmmakers Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills hunt for LISK and other similar killers in the U.S. I am so happy someone is finally taking a hard look at this case and actually making some progress. They were the ones who placed an inquiry to the Nassau medical examiners’ office about updating the case file of Jane Doe #3, which led investigators to reveal the connection of Peaches with Baby Doe. Kudos to Zeman and Mills for their efforts to make some progress here!
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