Social Class and Crime: The Long Island Serial Killer

This is another interesting yet very recent serial killer.

In 2010, a young prostitute ran away from her client and driver after an argument amd went missing. After searching for her, police came across a body on the Ocean Parkway, near the area she was last seen.

At first they believed this was the body of the missing girl but then another body was found. Six more were found on that same Parkway,  all of which were prostitutes who had an advert up on Craigslist.

What makes you wary is that these girls weren’t being searched for by police until their bodies were found. More dead prostitutes were found along the Parkway in the next year and one hasn’t even been identified, she is simply another “Jane Doe”; alike one of Jack The Ripper’s victims.

The fact that these women are prostitutes and police seem to refuse to spare any resources on making sure they are safe is very sad and disgusting. But this happened a lot: men pick up a woman of the nigjt as they are easy to lure into a closed, monotonous environment where they kill them and police don’t spend that much time on them.

This could also be the reason for a killer’s victimology; the Long Island killer knew that these prostitutes won’t be missed and so that’s who he, or she, chooses to kill. Theu can easily conceal the crime as police are not going to spend a whole lot of time looking for a missing, lower class sex worker.

The gap in social class makes the “lowest of the low” seem outcasted and even when a young girl has gone missing, it is not worth anyones time as her career holds some kind of taboo and disease; almost as if she brought it on herself.


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