Shannan Gilbert Wiki – Shannan Gilbert Biography

A sex worker whose death in 2010 was ruled a “tragic accident” was killed in a similar way to the “Gilgo Four,” a lawyer representing her family said. Shannan Gilbert was found in a swamp near Gilgo Beach a year after police found the bodies of four other sex workers wrapped in burlap sacks on the sand. Police have long maintained that Gilbert, 23, died of drug-induced drowning. But John Ray claims that she was killed by a serial killer who has yet to be identified.

He says a second autopsy on her body shows that she was strangled to death, as was 24-year-old Melissa Barthelemy; Megan Waterman, 22; Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25; and Amber Lynn Costello, 27. Architect Rex Heuermann, 59, has since been arrested in the deaths of Melissa, Megan and Amber, and is the prime suspect in Maureen’s. However, Heuermann is not charged with Gilbert’s death, and Ray has never hinted that Heuermann may have killed her.

Ray said he has long had questions about the Suffolk County Police’s claim that Gilbert died of drug-induced drowning. “When the police claimed that she had gone into the swamp and managed to commit suicide, when I saw the autopsy report where she was found face up lying in the bush, and the police claimed that she had drowned, that didn’t make any sense,” Ray told the US Sun.


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The age of Shannan Gilbert was 23 year.

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Shannan Gilbert found swamp near Gilgo Beach

A second autopsy by Dr. Michael Baden found that Gilbert “met a violent end, that she was strangled.” “When we looked at the bones, we could discern that the very small and significant hyoid bone in her neck was broken at one edge,” Ray explained, adding that the doctor also found a hole at the base of Shannan’s hyoid bone. “It looks like something was drilled or pushed through that bone and we couldn’t determine what it was, but it was very unusual.”

With questions in mind about the police drowning explanation and what he called a “reserve position,” where local authorities also claimed she could have been killed by natural elements after getting lost in the swamp, Ray said he decided to take a look at the swamp himself. “I don’t think Shannan ever entered the swamp,” he said, noting that he entered the swamp the same day Shannan disappeared a year earlier, in similar weather conditions. Ray entered the swamp in the same place, which he said was hard to avoid, “but you can go in.”


On “both sides of the swamp, there were easy escape routes to find,” Ray continued. ‘It would be absurd to say that someone got lost in the swamp and died because they couldn’t get out,’ he said, explaining that when walking in the swamp, ‘the loam you were walking on was wet and sometimes had a little bit of water coming out, say the toe of your boot. “And that was it, it wasn’t deep at all,” Ray said.

“Even if it fell into the channels, they weren’t deep,” he said. “They’re like if they don’t even come up to the waist, they’d go up to the thighs for an average person.” Shannan was last seen running from the home of Joseph Brewer, who was a client of hers, the day she went missing before running to a neighbor’s house for help.

Neighbor Barbara Brennan called the police around 5:30 a.m. on May 1, 2010, just a few minutes before sunrise. “So twilight would have been the condition, not total darkness,” Ray said. So the police theory that she got lost in the dark and got confused is absurd. “In fact, as we went through the marsh, as we went further, we could see our way to the houses that lined up from Oak Beach that bordered the marsh on the south side.”


Former Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer also claimed that Shannan ran through the bush, which took off her jeans. “First of all, any girl who wears jeans, they’re not baggy like they were in the hippy days, they’re skinny jeans and they don’t come off because the sticky bushes throw them off as you go through the swamp,” Ray said, dismissing the idea.

‘How do you take them off? You have to take them off or someone will have to take them off for you. ‘Then they argue, well, he panicked and her panicked, because she was drugged, she was hallucinating and she got wet and took off her pants. “That too is absurd,” she said, noting that there is “no evidence” that Gilbert was high on the day she disappeared.

He also said in a previous interview that Shannan was wearing a bra in photos taken of her body and that the band that joins the two cups was cut in half. Police are now investigating whether Heuermann may have been involved in other murders, searching his property in Massapequa Park, Las Vegas and in rural South Carolina.


On Sunday, police brought in cadaver dogs to search the premises of his dilapidated Long Island home. Aerial images from the scene also revealed groups of investigators in Heuermann’s backyard digging up dirt and packing up evidence. The search came after a neighbor told local police that he believed at least one woman had died in a soundproof room in Heuermann’s basement.

Robert Musto, 64, one of Heuermann’s long-time neighbors, told the New York Post: “He has a soundproof room in his basement. What do you think that was for? “This guy is crazy,” added the retired Long Island Rail Road worker, claiming he found out about the basement from police, who have been searching the scene since Heuermann was arrested on July 13.

“They say there is evidence that he killed at least one of the girls down there,” Musto said. The police are going to dig all that up. They said they’re focused on the soundproof room in the basement, but they’re going to look at everything. Police also said that “cops are looking for evidence if the victims were in the house, nothing yet.” Heuermann has pleaded not guilty to the murders.Read More….


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