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Gilgo Beach murders

Gilgo Beach murders

Explore in-depth coverage of the unsolved Gilgo Beach murders. Unearth key facts, timeline, profiles of victims, and theories about the Long Island Serial Killer.

  • What are the Gilgo Beach Murders?
  • Who is Rex Heuermann?
  • Who were the victims of the Gilgo Beach serial killer?
  • How did the police nab Rex Heuermann?
  • Investigators of one of the most notorious unsolved serial killings, the Gilgo Beach murders have now claimed a breakthrough in the 13-year hunt for the suspect. Architect Rex Heuermann who calls himself a "troubleshooter" has been arrested by a special task force who have been focusing on the murders.

    In the small town of Massapequa Park, nestled just north of Gilgo Beach, a peaceful community was shattered by a series of heinous crimes known as the Gilgo Beach murders. Over the decade, ten women and a toddler lost their lives, leaving a trail of unanswered questions and a community in fear. Now police have claimed a breakthrough by arresting a suspect named Rex Heuermann.

    The first four victims, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, 22, and Amber Costello, 27 were discovered in December 2010. These young women, known as the 'Gilgo Four,' were found a quarter mile from one another near the beach within days.

    Six years before the serial killings, Heuermann found his company RH Architecture Design in 1994. He is the president of the firm based in Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. In a 2022 interview with a French YouTuber, Heuermann said he is "a troubleshooter born and raised on Long Island." He described his father as a cabinet maker whom he said inspired him in becoming an avid furniture maker. The architect shared that his father has also been an "aerospace engineer who built satellites."

    The first four victims were all sex workers. They had all been involved in sex work and had advertised their services on Craigslist. They were Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, Amber Lynn Costello and Maureen Brainard-Barnes.
    The remains of Jessica Taylor, 20, were first found in a wooden area in Manorville on July 26, 2003.  Valerie Mack, 24 an escort from Philadelphia was last seen in 2000.

    Besides these, an unidentified Asain man's remains were also found along Ocean Parkway on April 4, 2011. Police found the remains of a two-year-old and her mother, who had been missing since 1997, near the burial sites of two other victims. Two sets of remains found in 2011 and 1996 on Long Island and Fire Island were linked by DNA to the same unidentified white woman with scars, known as “Jane Doe No. 7”.

    Rex Heuermann was identified by a piece of DNA evidence that he unwittingly left behind on a pizza box, according to court documents. Heuermann, 59, had ordered a pizza and ate it at his office on 5th Avenue in Manhattan on January 26, 2023.

    'Kind of an odd pairing': Internet reacts to 50 Cent producing documentary with Gilgo Beach murder suspect's wife

    50 Cent's company to produce docuseries following Gilgo Beach murderer's wife Asa Ellerup
    Nov 30, 2023

    Buddies behind bars: 'Happy face killer' Keith Jesperson brags about being pen pals with Gilgo Beach murders suspect Rex Heuermann

    Keith Jesperson, currently serving multiple life sentences, imparted eyebrow-raising advice to Rex Heuermann
    Nov 24, 2023

    'Money should go to victims' families': Outrage at reports Peacock is paying Rex Heuermann's family $1M for Gilgo Beach slayings docu

    Rex Heuermann's family members have reportedly sold their life rights to Peacock/NBC for the docuseries
    Nov 19, 2023

    Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann signs over Long Island home to estranged wife Asa Ellerup

    Rex Heuermann's deed to transfer his Massapequa Park residence to his estranged wife, Asa Ellerup, was finalized on October 5
    Nov 15, 2023

    Where is Rex Heuermann now? NBC 'Dateline' to air special episode on Gilgo Beach murders probe

    Rex Heuermann is currently locked up in a Suffolk Couty jail while he awaits trial
    Nov 10, 2023

    Who is the killer behind the Gilgo Beach murders? NBC 'Dateline' to investigate serial killings of multiple women

    The Gilgo Beach case got its major lead with Rex Heuermann's arrest in July 2023, accused of killing four women found buried at the beach
    Nov 10, 2023

    Gilgo Beach murders: New evidence about Rex Heuermann's wife Asa Ellerup's knowledge of his 'sex visits' raises questions

    Rex Heuermann's wife Asa Ellerup's lawyer Robert Macedonio has dubbed the witnesses' claims as 'outlandish'
    Oct 19, 2023

    New witnesses link Gilgo Beach murders suspect Rex Heuermann to deaths of Shannan Gilbert and Karen Vergata

    Four new witnesses claimed they saw Shannan Gilbert and Karen Vergata with Rex Heuermann before they were found dead
    Oct 19, 2023

    Rex Heuermann weapons: Inside the legal tug of war for Gilgo Beach murder suspect’s gun collection

    The serial killer suspect has been at the center of a legal battle over the firearms seized from his Massapequa Park residence earlier this year
    Oct 5, 2023

    Rex Heuermann's gun collection: Gilgo Beach murder suspect’s estranged wife seeks return of his guns worth 'hundreds of thousands of dollars'

    Rex Heuermann is currently held at the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Riverhead facility after being charged with the deaths of three prostitutes
    Sep 15, 2023

    Muriel Henriquez: Gilgo Beach serial murders suspect Rex Heuermann stalked colleague onto cruise ship

    Rex Heuermann has been charged with the murders of three young women whose bodies were discovered along the Gilgo Beach in December 2010
    Sep 13, 2023

    Carmen Vargas: Authorities investigate Gilgo Beach serial murder suspect Rex Heuermann over 1989 unsolved murder

    Carmen Vargas' body was found dumped on the side of the Meadowbrook Parkway, just seven miles from Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann's Massapequa Park home
    Sep 8, 2023

    Gilgo Beach serial killing suspect Rex Heuermann owes nearly $70,000 in wage theft case, claims new lawsuit

    The New York Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit to retrieve a significant sum of unpaid wages, penalties, and interest from Rex Heuermann
    Sep 6, 2023

    Julia Ann Bean: FBI joins probe into missing woman 'last seen’ with Rex Heuermann in 2017

    Julia Ann Bean's daughter Cameron said she saw her mother with a man resembling Rex Heuermann who was driving a dark truck
    Sep 4, 2023

    'Gay cruising' connection may link Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann with ex-police chief James Burke

    James Burke led the Suffolk County Police Department for three tumultuous years that culminated in his arrest in 2015
    Sep 4, 2023

    Where are Rex Heuermann's cats? Family of Gilgo Beach murders suspect claims cops put pets in kill shelter

    Rex Heuermann is currently held at the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Riverhead facility after being charged with the deaths of three prostitutes
    Aug 28, 2023

    How was James Burke caught? Source reveals disgraced ex-Gilgo Beach top cop's humiliating arrest

    James Burke has been charged with offering a sex act, indecent exposure, public lewdness and criminal solicitation in the fifth degree
    Aug 26, 2023

    Was Rex Heuermann placed on suicide watch? Sheriff says Gilgo Beach serial murders suspect appears 'emotionless' in jail

    Rex Heuermann was arrested last month for the murders of three women between 2009 and 2010
    Aug 26, 2023

    Who was Julia Ann Bean? Missing woman's daughter claims she was last seen with Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann

    Julia Ann Bean's daughter claimed she saw her mother with Gilgo Beach serial killings suspect Rex Heuermann on the day before she went missing
    Aug 23, 2023