Mom of Gilgo Beach vic shocked L.I. carpenter tied to slayings
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:54 PM
The mother of one of the sex workers found dead along Long Island's Gilgo Beach says she was stunned to learn that a prosecutor linked a killer carpenter to the unsolved slayings.
Lorraine Ela, the mother of Megan Waterman, spoke out a day after Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Robert Biancavilla said at least one of the Gilgo Beach murders "may be attributed to the handiwork of" John Bittrolff, 51.
Bittrolff was hit Tuesday with consecutive 25 years-to-life sentences for the bludgeoning deaths of two prostitutes in the 1990s.
"This is complete news to me," Ela, 50, told the Daily News. "They must have some kind of evidence to prove it because why else would the prosecutor come out and say that."
Lorraine Ela, the mother of Megan Waterman, says “this was complete news to me,” after learning a Long Island carpenter was tied to the unsolved slayings.(Stephen Barcelo For The New York Daily News/Stephen Barcelo For The New York)
Waterman, a native of Maine, went missing in June 2010 at the age of 24. Her remains were discovered on Gilgo Beach seven months later.
Ela said the revelation gives her "a little bit of hope." But she doesn't know what to think given that Suffolk County police isn't commenting on the explosive claim.
"Did he do it? Did he not do it? It's hard to say," Ela added. "But the families all need closure."
No one has been charged in the deaths of any of the 10 people, many of them prostitutes, found dead along the beach highway since 2010.
Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Robert Biancavilla said at least one of the Gilgo Beach murders "may be attributed to the handiwork of" John Bittrolff, 51 (c.).(James Carbone)
A married father of two, Bittrolff was convicted in July of two counts of second-degree murder in the 1994 deaths of Rita Tangredi, 31, of East Patchogue, and Colleen McNamee, 20, of Holbrook.
The sex workers were found dead about 35 miles from the site of the new string of bodies.
At the time of Bittrolff's 2014 arrest, authorities had said there was no evidence that he was involved in the other killings.
A jury deliberated seven days before convicting Bittrolff in May.
Waterman, a native of Maine, went missing in June 2010 at the age of 24. Her remains were discovered on Gilgo Beach seven months later.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Following the sentencing, Bittrolff's lawyer vehemently denied that the goateed carpenter played a role in the deaths of any of the 10 Gilgo victims.
"This was never mentioned before," defense attorney Jonathan Manley said. "This is a serious accusation with absolutely no factual basis.”
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