Long Island: the Suburban Jungle

For reasons no one quite understands, New York City's suburbs on Long Island have been the setting for particularly bizarre and tragic crimes over the past few years.

Dec. 7, 1993 -- Colin Ferguson shoots and kills five commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and wounds 18 others as the train approaches Garden City.

June 28, 1993 -- Joel Rifkin of East Meadow confesses to the serial killing of 17 women in and about the New York City area. Another murder is attributed to him days later.

Jan. 13, 1993 -- John Esposito is arrested for imprisoning 10-year-old Katie Beers...

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