Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann is a suspect in prison officials following his arrest last week, it has been revealed.
As the 59-year-old married father was processed into the Suffolk County Jail on a series of murder charges, sources told CNN he was curious about his bad reputation.
“Is it in the news?” he asked.
Mr. Heuermann’s interest in media coverage of the killings is not new.
Court documents have revealed that he repeatedly looked online for updates in the investigation over the past year between March 2022 and June 2023, searched for details about the victims and their families, read news stories about the case and that he sought out podcasts and documentaries about the case. murders.
He was also of interest to a task force launched by Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison in January 2022 that was actively searching for him, the documents state.
Among the questions he sought answers to online were: “why couldn’t law enforcement trace the calls made by the long island serial killer”, and “why hasn’t the long island serial killer been caught ”, “long island killer” and “Long Island serial killer phone call”.
Knowing he was keeping a close eye on the investigation, police have said they kept the developments under wraps until they encountered him Thursday night as he was leaving his office in Midtown Manhattan.
Dramatic video shows a team of plainclothes officers surrounding him and taking him into custody on the busy block.
He was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy and Amber Costello.
The three women, who all worked as escorts, disappeared between 2007 and 2010. Their bodies were found in December 2010 during a search for Shannan Gilbert – a sex worker who went missing after visiting take clients in Páirc na Darach and make 911 cool. call the place where she revealed fear for her life.
He is also the prime suspect in the murder of Maureen Brainard-Barnes – known as the “Gilgo Beach Four” along with the three who were last seen alive in early June 2007 in New York City.
The four women were found within a quarter of a mile of each other, bound by belts or tape and some wrapped in burlap.
They are among 11 victims – mostly female sex workers – whose bodies were found in the Gilgo Beach area in 2010 and 2011.
After his arrest, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office said Mr. Heuermann has been placed on suicide watch at the local jail. This is routine for such cases, officials said.
While he is being held behind bars, police continue to search his family home in Massapequa Park and a storage unit two miles away in Amityville.
Officials said they are looking for “body parts” and “trophies” that the killer may have taken from victims.
It is unclear if anything of that nature was found but the Suffolk County Medical Examiner was seen at the scene of the storage unit on Monday.
Over the weekend, between 200 and 300 firearms were seized from the suspect’s home – a home he has lived in all his life and located just 20 minutes away from Gilgo Beach where the killer dumped the bodies of his victims. He had legal permits for 92 guns, police previously said.
In addition to the Brainard-Barnes murder, police are still investigating whether Mr. Heuermann is behind the murders of seven other victims whose bodies were found on the shores of Gilgo Beach.
Investigators are further investigating possible links between the suspected serial killer and other unsolved murders outside of Long Beach.
An NYPD official told ABC News that the 59-year-old is being looked into in connection with missing persons cases and murders across New York City’s five boroughs.
The married father of two’s DNA has been entered into a statewide database and his alleged MO is being compared to other cases – including those during the period he was allegedly active in Gilgo Beach.
It has also come to light that Mr. Heuermann has ties to South Carolina and Las Vegas, owning property in both locations.
Court records show Mr. Heuermann was linked to the killings through a pimp tip about his pickup truck, a stash of arson phones, “sadistic” online searches, mock phone calls to the victims’ families, his wife’s finding fur on the bodies victim – and pizza crust.
He pleaded not guilty as he appeared in court on July 14 when he was ordered held without bail.
The Gilgo Beach murders have long stumped law enforcement officials in Suffolk County who believed it could be the work of one or more serial killers who targeted sex workers and dumped their bodies along the remote beaches on Ocean Parkway.
The case began in May 2010 when Gilbert went missing after leaving a client’s home on foot near Gilgo Beach.
She called 911 for help saying she feared for her life and was never seen alive again.
While searching for Gilbert in a dense patch near the beach, police found the remains of another woman.
Within a few days, the remains of three more victims were found nearby.
This booking image provided by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office shows Rex Heuermann
By the spring of 2011, the remains of a total of 10 victims had been found including eight women, a man, and a toddler. Police have long thought it could be the work of one or more serial killers.
Gilbert’s body was found in December 2011. Her cause of death has been widely disputed with authorities long claiming that it is not related to the serial killer or serial killers but that she died of an accidental drowning while escape from the client’s house.
However, an independent autopsy commissioned by her family ruled she died of strangulation and her mother believes she was murdered.
Like Gilbert, most of the victims targeted were sex workers and some have yet to be identified.
Investigations into the other murders are ongoing.