"The Long Island Serial Killer," aka "LISK," is a misnomer. The more that you look at Long Island from the early 90s until the 2010s, the worse it gets. Joel Rifkin lived in the Hempstead area and killed at least nine, but up to seventeen people from 1989 - 1993. Robert Shulman killed at least five people from 1991 - 1996 while living in the Hicksville area.
There is another person guilty of two murders in the early 90s, John Bittrolff. While two murders don't qualify him as a serial killer, he is a suspect in a third. If he were proven guilty of that, he would meet the technical classification of three. More importantly, he wasn't connected and arrested for the two murders until 2014. There are twenty years between the last murder he is convicted of and his arrest.
There are ten more murder victims, and one highly debated death, without answers. #
While authorities have named John Bittrolff as a person of interest in the other murders, there are enough differences in them that many people believe that one to three killers are responsible for them. It's hard to know what the local authorities believe or are investigating because they release mixed messages. The Long Island Serial Killers is likely more accurate, but they only matter because we want to bring them to justice. The most important thing that we can do is find the answer to who some of the victims are and ensure that the killers of the others are apprehended, to bring the next step of recovery to their loved ones.
The map below is going to focus on specific details, mostly the location of the victims. It is essential to remember that they are people, like you and me. Their stories deserve to be told, and they have been. If you haven't yet heard the stories of the Long Island victims, I strongly recommend watching The Killing Season, where you'll meet family and friends of many of the people mentioned below. Their stories have also been covered in podcasts, on True Crime Garage, Thinking Sideways, Voices from Gilgo, and on the Youtube show BrainScratch.
The sad truth is that these victims are part of a series of circumstances that are popular in unsolved homicides. These cases include lackluster police work with criminal behavior amongst those involved, a high-risk lifestyle that leads to gaps of time in missing person reports, and the need for public pressure to prioritize the cases.
The following is a timeline of events, with their locations, intending to show how the circumstances may be related.