Long Island's Other Serial Killers: Rifkin and Schulman
Joel Rifkin, the unemployed landscaper from East Meadow, admitted to the murders of at least 17 sex workers between 1989 and 1993. Robert Shulman, the postal worker from Hicksville, killed 5 sex workers between 1991 and 1996.
So, for a period of several years, there were two serial killers active on Long Island, apparently purely by coincidence. Rifkin's and Shulman's combined body count was at least 22 -- all sex workers.
The two men, both described as loners, had similar body disposal methods. Both dismembered their victims and scattered the remains. Schulman used plastic garbage bins to transport the remains to his dumping sites.
Rifkin, caught during a routine traffic stop with the decomposing body of strangled victim Tiffany Besciani in the back of his truck, was convicted on 9 counts of murder and sentenced to more than 200 years in prison.. He escaped execution only because the Court of Appeals nullified the death penalty in New York State after his conviction.
After he reportedly got into a fistfight with Long Island Railroad spree killer Colin Ferguson over which one of them had the higher body count, Rifkin was transferred to maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility, where he remains.
Shulman was arrested after local sex workers who knew him and had been to his apartment IDd the tattoo of one of his victims, who he had beaten to death and dismembered.
Shulman died in prison in 2006.
Since the capture of Rifkin and Shulman, the dismembered remains of several other sex workers have been found on Long Island —notably in rural Manorville. The Manorville finds have now been linked to finds made this year along Ocean Parkway in the latest Long Island Serial Killer investigation.
The article from the Long Island Press.