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It's a taste of old Florida: Fort Myers, a city of just over 50,000.

Life flows easy here. People speak to one another and take time to share a cup of coffee. But this city holds a dark secret that to this day remains a mystery.

I got a chance to see the reconstructed faces of eight men whose remains were found in a makeshift graveyard, just four miles from downtown Ft. Myers. 

Police say they were all the victims of a serial killer.

Lt. Jennifer Soto says she can't forget that day in March 2007, when she walked through the woods to the killers graveyard. She says she remembers when an investigator stumbled upon skull after skull.

The remains were found along an isolated road. Now profilers tell me some serial killers chose to hide their victims, others like to display them.

But this killer chose to hide his victims deep in the woods, a place he probably revisited many times to relive the kill.

Investigators have never released the cause of death for the victims in this case, nor have they ever named a prime suspect. But one thing is certain: this killer, like any others, doesn't value life.

Dr. Sidney Merin has interviewed dozens of serial killers. He says they have many different characteristics. But one fact ties them all together: they were abused physically or psychologically during their childhoods by family of friends.

Anger and rage is their only outlet and that eventually leads to murder.

Dr. Merin says when they kill, it is vicious and gory, and they behave in a way that is very destructive.

Daytona Beach is know for it's great car races and beaches. But a serial killer is on the loose there, too.

All of the women were assaulted, and then shot to death point blank range. Investigators say this killer is very dominate, and according to police, this serial killer targets prostitutes, especially along a stretch of highway called Ridgewood.

Unlike the Ft. Myers case, police say they have tons of physical evidence and they know the killer used a 40-caliber handgun.

Police say this serial killer has been profiled as a white male with no criminal record. They say he is probably a professional in a stable relationship or married.

But so far, Daytona Beach Police have not one lead to follow and fear he will strike again.

Dr. Merin says investigators have to delve deeper, past the physical evidence to find the unseen and recognize the unapparent to catch these killers.

Reggie Roundtree, 10 News

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