A former Long Island escort who used to go out with accused Gilgo Beach killer Rex Heuerman said she ‘got names’ when talking about her victims.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Nicole Brass, 34, said nearly a decade ago, when she would ‘date’ Heuerman, he would make small talk about the relatively recent and unsolved murders.
‘He asked me if I was a true crime fan… We talked briefly about other serial killers, then he said, “Have you heard of the Gilgo Beach murders? That’s when he got really weird.”‘
Heuerman then tried to lure the escort, who was suffering from an opioid addiction at the time, back into a personal relationship.
Heuerman was arrested last week and charged with the murders of three of the eleven victims found on a secluded lot near Gilgo Beach, Long Island.
Suffolk County prosecutors said they expect to charge him with at least one other murder. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Former escort Nicole Brass, 34, discussed her date with alleged Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuerman, who said she excitedly recalled details about the mysterious 2015 murder.
Heuerman, 59, is accused of killing three of the 11 Gilgo Beach victims. He is currently being held in the Suffolk County Jail without bail
She said she met Human through a website like Backpage – a site for escorts. He wanted to meet her in a hotel room near Massapequa Park.
‘Back then, I was in my early 20s and I was an addict and I wasn’t really thinking about safety. I was thinking about getting money. So I would go on dates with rich people and they would pay me for my time.’
Brass said that only the two of them had mistakenly sat with him at a meeting, so he asked to go to dinner instead.
‘He said he would get a room. I didn’t feel comfortable meeting in public or in an area I didn’t know, so I convinced him to meet me in Port Jeff,’ she said.
They met in the Steamroom, a seafood restaurant in Port Jefferson, where they made small talk at the table.
‘At first, he seemed completely normal. He talked about his job and seemed really normal – until he brought up the Gilgo Beach murders,’ he said.
‘He brought it [the Gilgo Beach murders] over himself.’
He described the alleged killer as becoming more animated when talking about the mysterious murders, revealing details that Brass, who has been following the cases, hadn’t heard.
‘I was following the case, and he mentioned a girl I hadn’t heard of yet. It seemed like he was talking about it from experience, not perspective,’ he said.
Suffolk County police and police recruits search an area of beach where human remains were found more than a decade ago.
A general view of Gilgo Beach on July 18, 2023 in Babylon, New York
An aerial shot of Heuerman’s Massapequa home, where box trucks and investigators have been planted over the past few days as evidence is collected.
Brass spoke of being incredibly disturbed by his conversation with Heuerman in 2015. ‘It didn’t seem like anyone felt bad when they talked about the victims. It looked like someone who really wanted to brag about what they did, but couldn’t,’ he said
He added the Manhattan architect seemed to lack empathy for the dead women and was almost enthusiastic about their deaths.
‘No one seemed to feel bad when talking about the dead. It looked like someone who really wanted to brag about what they did, but couldn’t,’ Brass said.
‘When he spoke, his body language changed, his eye expression changed, and it seemed he enjoyed talking about the victims.
‘When he talked about it, it was almost like he was visualizing it in his head and getting what he was saying.’
The former escort said she found the experience extremely unsettling and left to finish dinner as quickly as possible.
The way he talked about it was really weird and it gave me the worst gut feeling. I was so scared at the end of it. I didn’t try to continue the long dinner after that,’ he recalled.
After eating, Heuermann tried to convince Brass to leave his car in the parking lot and join him in the room he had booked. He said he was upset when she refused.
‘He was, leave your car; Come into me. He was very adamant about leaving my car. Looking back, he didn’t want to kill anyone and release them from the car,’ he said.
An entrance to Gilgo Beach was captured on July 18, 2023. Nearby, Rex Heuerman allegedly buried about a dozen victims over the years
Crime scene investigators continue to work around the clock at Human’s Long Island home
New York State Police troopers stand guard as law enforcement search Heuerman’s home
Several years later, Brass told a friend of his fiancée about the off-putting encounter.
The friend, Frances Donoghue, confirmed Brass’ story to the Daily News and said Heuerman’s arrest last week was ‘quite shocking.’
‘To validate it like that, it’s actually a pretty amazing thing.’
Brass said he never contacted authorities about his suspicions about Heuerman because he was on parole on a felony drug charge at the time.
‘I was a criminal and I had a history and I didn’t want to get involved with the police. I think he went after girls who were addicts or had records or were less likely to talk to the police.
‘I was almost relieved when I saw he’d been arrested, but I was also – holy f***, I was right.’ ‘Maybe I should have spoken to the police, but I knew they wouldn’t listen to me.’
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