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Long Island Residents Captivated By Beach Body Serial Killer Search

Police search Gilgo Beach along Ocean Parkway on Long Island - Apr 6, 2011 (credit: Kyle Reitan / WCBS 880)

Police search Gilgo Beach along Ocean Parkway on Long Island (credit: Kyle Reitan / WCBS 880)

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OAK BEACH, NY (CBSNewYork / AP) - The ongoing hunt for a suspected serial killer on Long Island has people captivated and everybody talking.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs: It’s A Horror Story With The End Still To Be Written

“A serial killer fascinates the entire world, as illustrated in Jack the Ripper. A hundred years ago and people are still looking to find out who it was,” said Long Island resident John Hicks. “[It’s] why Jack the Ripper has been kept alive all these years and Ted Bundy and Charles Manson.”

In the coffee shops, barber shops, and at the gym, Hicks said people are captivated by the search for a killer and will be “until he is apprehended, I would imagine, and maybe even afterwards.”

Hicks said then people would want to know why he or she did it. He calls it a real-life horror story, adding that we don’t yet know the end.

His friend, identified only as Richard, can’t get enough, saying, “We have to know who did it and, more importantly, we have to know why. Too close to home.”

He says this kind of horror story isn’t supposed to happen in happy suburbia.

Police divers resumed a search for evidence in the case on Wednesday.

A Suffolk County police spokeswoman says the divers were searching off Oak Beach.

The FBI, state and local police have been investigating since 10 sets of remains were found along Ocean Parkway near Oak Beach.

The first four were found in December. Remains were found in six other locations in recent weeks, although police have not official linked them to those found in December.

Police found the first remains while investigating the disappearance of New Jersey prostitute Shannan Gilbert last seen in Oak Beach a year ago. She has not been found.

The FBI has supplied surveillance aircraft to help scour miles of thick oceanfront underbrush.

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