Long Island Serial Killer Is Real-Life 'Dexter'

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We all know by now that the Long Island Craigslist Serial Killer is likely not some depraved lunatic with wild hair who lives alone in a cabin in the woods. Police are saying that the man is likely a seemingly upstanding citizen, a person who may go to church or coach soccer, who may have a wife and children. He is tech-savvy and his main victims have been women who advertise their sexual services on Craigslist, some of whom have problems with drugs.

In other words, police may be dealing with a real-life Dexter.

On Dexter, Michael C. Hall plays a serial killer with a heart of gold. A family man who adores his children and the unlucky women who come into his life. He loves his sister and does policework by day, which keeps him well-informed and one step ahead of the law. And yet, by night, he considers himself an avenging angel, a man who kills bad guys.

There are a few difference, of course. For example, Dexter only kills those who deserve it. And in this case, no one would ever argue that the women targeted by the Long Island Serial Killer deserved to be killed. (Although the irony, of course, is that this sicko may think that he is doing some kind of "righteous work," ridding the world of one prostitute at a time. Disgusting!)

Earlier this week, police made the gruesome discovery of what appeared to be two more bodies. The official body count may be even higher than 10 now and one of the bodies belonged to a toddler around 18 months old. If the child is connected to the murderer, then he or she doesn't fit the profile. Perhaps he or she was the child of one of the victims or maybe it's unrelated.

What is true now is that the show Dexter has taken on a whole other meaning. On TV, directors and producers and writers can script things just so. Dexter is always righteous. He never kills those who don't have it coming and rarely does anything we question as the audience. If he were killing innocent women, we might feel differently. Yes, even if those women were involved in selling sexual favors.

And yet, the similarities can't be ignored. We have a man who seems normal, was involved in law enforcement, likely confines his victims to those who have done "wrong," and seems to be high functioning and a productive member of society.

My favorite show is suddenly feeling a whole lot creepier ... Let's just hope that this guy, unlike Dexter Morgan, is caught and swiftly brought to justice.

Do you think he is a real-life Dexter?

 

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butte... butterflymkm

NO. Dexter kills child rapists and murders. That is no where near the same thing as sex workers. Perhaps this guy does THINK he's a Dexter but he's wrong.

nonmember avatar ds

What a stupid article. Using the word "hooker" is distasteful, and disrespectful to the victims. Why don't you call them what they are: young women in their twenties, that have been hunted down by a deranged psychopath? Why is it less of a tragedy when it's a prostitute? She is a person, she is someone's daughter...even if she engages in a type of work that is inherently more dangerous, these people do NOT have somehow deserve to be brutally tortured and murdered. Besides, the killer is not correcting society, they are just fulfilling their own fucked up need to torture and murder people. And comparing it to a silly made up TV series is just stupid. Don't act like you've somehow come up with some amazing insight.

Cherene Kisko

I agree with the individual that also posted. This article should be removed for just pure stupidness. By comparing him to Dexter you are stating that these woman had, by some right, been entitled to die for prostitution or drug use. Give your head a shake. You're article is so downright disrespectful to these victims, that I just hope that no one whom ever knew them sees this. You should be ashamed of yourself.

nonmember avatar CR

You should learn how to read. The author isn't justifying the murders. To wit, " No one would argue that the women the Long Island Serial Killer is targeting "deserve" to be killed (at least no one sane, anyway). " She is merely suggesting that perhaps the unsub sees himself as a vigilante by murdering young women who have chosen (or not chosen- who is to say) the profession of commercial sex worker.

NotOb... NotObvious

No, he is nothing like Dexter. Stop comparing real life to TV

Meand... MeandMyBabes

"You should learn how to read. The author isn't justifying the murders. To wit, " No one would argue that the women the Long Island Serial Killer is targeting "deserve" to be killed (at least no one sane, anyway). " She is merely suggesting that perhaps the unsub sees himself as a vigilante by murdering young women who have chosen (or not chosen- who is to say) the profession of commercial sex worker. "


Exactly. (You must watch Criminal Minds :) ) 


The article isn't justifying the killings in any way, simply stating that the person doing them may feel that he is doing the world a favor.

ksbon... ksbondgirl

"And in this case, no one would ever argue that the women targeted by the Long Island Serial Killer deserved to be killed. (Although the irony, of course, is that this sicko may think that he is doing some kind of "righteous work," ridding the world of one prostitute at a time. Disgusting!)"


Ummm...so the woman who is trying to get money the fastest way she knows how to feed her kids deserves to die?

MomoJL MomoJL

ksbondgirl - i think you need to reread the sentence.


having said that, i agree that this article is in poor taste.  C'mon, this is real life - real lives, I should say.  Don't compare a killer to a television plot - have some respect for the victims.

autod... autodidact

no, I think it's a disgusting comparison that DOES imply that the victims deserved it, despite the article's authors' attempt to have her cake and eat it too.


this is Jack the Ripper, not someone taking out killers.


 

nonmember avatar JazzK

To compare the Long Island serial killer to Dexter is a bit of a stretch. The writer of this article is just using Dexter to pull in more readers. Cheap shot.

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