Suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuerman kept a torn, stained shirt and handcuffed keys in a workshop at his Long Island home, Newstimesuk.com can exclusively reveal.
A fleet of forensic investigators has been searching the 59-year-old architect’s ‘dungeon-like’ Massapequa Park home for a sixth day.
Newstimesuk.com spotted an investigator carrying a note with some of the evidence found inside. Among the items on the list were a rope in a vault, a torn man’s shirt with stains in a bag, and handcuff keys on a shelf under a workbench.
It’s unclear when those specific items were cleared from the home or if they were tied to the investigation, but officers are searching the property for ‘trophies’ that may be linked to the victims.
Police on Sunday removed a huge haul of more than 200 weapons from the home. And over the past few days, several items have been unearthed, including a child-sized blonde doll, a cat and a Playboy magazine housed in a wooden case.
Investigators are also searching two storage units connected to Humane and several boxes were seen outside one on Wednesday. Blue tarps and white tents have been placed outside the unit to cordon off the scene.
A fleet of forensic investigators is searching the 59-year-old architect’s ‘dungeon-like’ Massapequa Park home for a sixth day.
Suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuerman left a torn, stained shirt and handcuffed keys in a workshop at his Long Island home.
Among the items on the list were a rope in a vault, a torn man’s shirt with stains in a bag, and handcuff keys on a shelf under a workbench.
Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Human’s boxes found outside one of his storage units
Investigators have been searching the units for days, and have set up tarps and tents to cordon off the scene
Heuerman was dramatically arrested Thursday night outside his Fifth Avenue farm in midtown Manhattan, 13 years after the discovery of four bodies on Gilgo Beach, all wrapped in camouflage burlap sacks. In total, 11 bodies, including a child, were found along the same stretch.
He is accused of killing three Gilgo Beach victims – Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello. He pleaded not guilty.
He is also considered the prime suspect in the death of a fourth woman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, whose body was found wrapped and hidden in thick underbrush along a remote beach highway, and authorities have not ruled out further murder charges.
At a news conference after his arrest Friday, Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said Heuermann said police investigating him over a year cited several red flags that Heuermann ‘continued to patronize sex workers,’ using false IDs. And burner phones, and a staggering 92 were allowed for firearms.
Neighbors previously said the suspected serial killer was always terrifying, leading some adults to instruct their children to avoid their suburban home.
As for the neighbor, Etienne Devilliers said Wednesday that when Heurmann first moved in, his wife peeked over their fence to look at the sunbathers.
He said that at first he thought Heuerman was ‘just being friendly’, but later the conversation between the two was ‘unpleasant’, although he was always ‘friendly and pleasant’ after the incident.’
He stopped, did not argue with me. In the middle of a conversation he would say “me, 6ft4, 200lbs”. The man was eccentric but never violent,’ he said.
He described Human’s wife as ‘equally odd’ and ‘very withdrawn’ and mostly kept to herself.
Devilliers said after Heuerman’s arrest Friday morning that he was woken up by police who told him to move his car.
‘I really feel bad for the kids,’ she said.
Heuerman, 59, was dramatically taken into custody on the street around 8:30 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of one of New York state’s most gruesome and unsolved murders.
Melissa Barthelemy, top left, Amber Costello, top right, Megan Waterman, bottom left, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Long Island authorities vow to continue investigating Gilgo Beach killings after an architect was charged with the deaths of three of the 11 people.
He added that he knew Heuermann had guns and that he often talked about them. And although he supports the Second Amendment, ‘some people get away with it and this guy was over the edge’.
Devilliers once recalled seeing a few men carrying a heavy object that turned out to be the house’s safe door.
‘He then told me that “it was to protect my gun”.
The retired firefighter said most of the people they live with are police officers.
‘To have something like this happening right under our noses is very shocking.’
Another Massapequa resident, three blocks away, said Heuerman was often seen commuting into town on the Long Island Rail Road.
‘I saw him on the train, he looked different – he’s not a little guy,’ said Ricky Tavella.
‘It is very sad. I can’t stand that this man’s house is in my neighborhood.’
Tavella said that Massapequa Park is made up mostly of police and firefighters, and ‘all blue-collar workers here.’
Bob Robert, whose brother-in-law went to school with Heuermann, described him as ‘very shy’.
‘She thinks it’s crazy, she’s seen him around,’ she said.
New York State Troopers removed hundreds of guns from a ‘wall of vaults’ inside Heuerman’s home over the weekend.
One of the items of evidence seized from Human’s home earlier this week was what looked like a grenade
The old Playboy issues were removed from the home this week and placed in the evidence van
A guitar was among the items removed from the home on Tuesday
The investigation into Heuerman now spans at least three states, including South Carolina where he owns property and Nevada where he owns a condo in Sin City.
Last week, police seized a rare first-generation Chevy Avalanche at his younger brother Craig’s home in rural Chester. Exclusive Newstimesuk.com pictures show the truck being examined by New York state investigators before it began its journey north on Tuesday.
Police linked Avalanche to the murder of Amber Costello, a sex worker whose body was found in December 2010. He went missing three months ago.
A witness spotted the car in Costello’s driveway.
Newstimesuk.com understands Heuerman sold the car to his brother who regularly drives it down the road to his 18-acre compound in Chester, South Carolina.
Land registry documents show Rex Heuerman bought land in Chester worth $154,000 in 2021, with neighbors saying he planned to build a ‘compound’ with his brother, who lives in the high-security property.
Etienne Devilliers said Wednesday that Heuermann peeked over their fence to see his wife sunbathing when they first moved in. He said that at first he thought Heuerman was ‘just being friendly’, but later the conversation between the two was ‘unpleasant’ although he was always ‘friendly’ but ‘weird’ after the incident.
Forensic investigators continue to comb through Human’s possessions
Neighbors told Newstimesuk.com that Craig was often seen driving around the area, filling the back with wood and other items to dig holes in his property.
One added that he would brag about ‘how fast he could get to New York’.
Neighbors described Craig, 57, as ‘crazy’ and ‘a nut’, with one expressing concern over any ‘burial of bodies’ at the property, which is posted with no trespassing signs – including a ‘no warrant, no entry’ warning. did .
They said: ‘You hear all sorts of things, gunshots and heavy machinery in the middle of the night. It makes you wonder.
‘No one knows why they bought the land. From what Craig said they were trying to build a military-style compound. He also hunts on his land.’
The Chevrolet Avalanche that led police to Heuerman is pictured on Bing and Google Earth images outside his Long Island home. Witnesses to Amber Costello’s disappearance described a similar vehicle
Heuermann’s rare first-generation Chevy Avalanche was impounded by cops in rural South Carolina and is now on its way back to New York.
Newstimesuk.com understands Heuermann sold the car to his brother who regularly drives it on the roads around his 18-acre compound in Chester, South Carolina.
Craig Heuerman was evicted from his home on Tuesday
Newstimesuk.com has obtained exclusive photos of Craig Heuerman leaving the property on Tuesday morning, although it is unclear where he went.
He was seen getting into a black car and leaving the property, breaking his cover as his brother pleaded not guilty to murder on Friday.
The construction worker left New York for the Carolinas after being convicted of negligent homicide in the death of Housing Authority Police Capt. Winion Buskey, 51.
He crashed through a local highway near Rex’s Long Island home in 1988 while going 60 miles per hour.
Buskey was pronounced dead at the scene, while Craig Heuerman was hospitalized with facial injuries before being taken into custody.
The judge in the case cited police records describing Heuermann as being in a ‘drunk and ‘coked-up’ state’ at the time.
Craig Heuerman pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated and served time in jail.
Neighbors confirmed the car seized by police was regularly driven by Craig, as court documents show Rex was the registered owner of the car at the time of the murder.
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