The college student who mowed the suspect’s lawn in Gilgo Beach has revealed she called the alleged serial killer’s home a ‘shrinking heads house’ when she saw a gruesome display inside.
Troy Weeks, 23, mowed Rex Hoerman’s lawn weekly or bi-weekly for the past three summers and was always suspicious of the 59-year-old architect accused of killing three sex workers in 2010.
At the alleged killer’s request, Troy never went inside the Massapequa Park home, but once he peeked through a window — and regretted what he saw.
‘I was really surprised by the condition of his house… it seemed brutal there,’ he told Newstimesuk.com outside Hurman’s home, where the suspect killed at least one of his victims, according to police.
Troy, who lives a few blocks away, said he saw four heads made of coconuts and carved faces.
Rex Heuerman lived in Massapequa Park, Long Island with his wife Asa Ellerup, grown daughter and stepson.
Troy Weeks, 23, mowed Rex Hurman’s lawn weekly or bi-weekly for the past three summers.
‘I saw these little head things – they were like these shrunken heads. And me and my friends always called it the Shrink Head House because they were weird coconut head things,’ Troy explained.
‘It was really scary.’
He and Heuerman would occasionally make small talk, and when asked how things were going, the alleged killer would always reply ‘same sh**, different day,’ according to Troy.
‘He seemed to have no emotion or personality. He always had the same expression…a blank stare. He was very monotonous when I spoke to him,’ Troy shared.
And Huermann insisted that Troy would not enter the house under any circumstances.
‘He always told me the only rule was don’t knock on the back door if you’re thirsty or need something to drink,’ Troy said.
‘[Huermann] Said, “If you ever try to open my door, you can’t work for me.”
The pair got into an argument after Troy claimed the suspect swindled him out of $5.
‘I said can I get the $5 back or I’m never going to do it again. I’m coming here with my own equipment to cut your grass and if you want to cut me $5 it’s messed up I’m just a kid in college,’ Troy reminded.
He added that he is still trying to process Heuerman’s arrest
‘I’m not surprised… it’s scary, I’m going to have nightmares.’
Heuerman was arrested and charged last week in the 2010 murders of three of the ‘Gilgo Four’, a group of women discovered near Gilgo Beach on Long Island.
He has pleaded not guilty to the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello.
The architect lived in a ‘dungeon-like’ house just 18 miles from the beach with his wife Asa Ellarup, grown daughter and stepson – who police said were away at the time of the murder.
‘He always told me the rule is if you’re thirsty or need something to drink, don’t knock on the back door,’ Troy said.
Police were seen searching the property for ‘trophies’ that could be linked to the victims
Heuerman is the prime suspect in the 2007 disappearance and subsequent murder of a fourth woman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, although he has not yet been charged in the case.
He is also being investigated for the 2011 murders of six other women near Gilgo Beach.
Detectives are now looking into unsolved murders across the country to see if they are linked to Humane.
For the seventh day on Thursday, police were seen searching his property for ‘trophies’ that could be linked to the victims. Investigators are also looking at his timeshare in Las Vegas and a property he owns in South Carolina.
Meanwhile, another neighbor revealed exclusively to Newstimesuk.com how he once caught the now-murder suspect hanging out with ‘the girls’.
Jimmy Mack, who lives a few blocks from Human’s home, revealed his run-in with the suspected killer to Newstimesuk.com.
He claimed he once caught her babbling about ‘girls’ at the end of his driveway when he was drunk and when he thought no one was listening.
Mack said that when she asked Heuerman what he was doing, he blasted her over her car and threatened to slash her tires.
And another neighbor said they found the 6ft 4in Heuermann ‘creepy’ and once walked past him working in his garage and he never looked up.
Mack, 51, who owns a trucking company and lives with his wife and three stepchildren, recalled a terrifying encounter with the human outside his Long Island home.
Heuerman was walking home from the LIRR station past Mack’s house on March 2, a regular route for the architect, when the men clashed.
Mack was smoking a cigarette on the porch around 10 p.m. and he told Newstimesuk.com that a man called Heuerman.
‘I’m sitting on my balcony and she can’t see me but I can hear her saying ‘oh here we go again… I told them… I told those girls once before… now you understand.’
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.
In addition to his cluttered home, Heuerman kept two storage units in Amityville. They were searched yesterday and today
Mack said Heuermann didn’t realize he was there and was startled. He said he became intoxicated and muttered to himself before standing at the end of his driveway. Mac said to Heuerman, ‘Brother are you talking about my house?’
He replied: ‘Are you the **hole that owns this car?… I warned them last time and now they’re going to look,’ then aggressively said he’d be back in 15 minutes to cut his tyres.
Mack said he chased Heuerman out of his driveway and told his wife to lock the door before following him down the street on foot, saying, ‘What did you say about the girls … are you talking about my wife and daughter?’
The confrontation escalated and Mack told Heuerman, ‘Either we handle our business now or I’ll never see you again,’ before Heuerman left.
Mack then followed his neighbor into his car, recalling that he felt that ‘something wasn’t right. I need to know where this man lives.’
He saw Heuerman jump over his neighbor’s fence and shield his face as he fled, she recalled, saying, ‘He didn’t want me to see his face.’
Mack said the air of confrontation and discomfort he felt meant he ‘knew something was up for me to get back in my car and follow this guy home.’
He remembers telling his friends and family ‘if anything happens to this house or anything, this is the guy’. He added, ‘That’s how much I knew there was something wrong with it.’
‘Who knows if he’d come back with a gun,’ Mac asked. ‘He (Heuermann) said fifteen minutes and that’s how long it would take him to get back to my house’
‘I lost five nights of sleep. I was waiting for this guy to come back. I was on my porch every night. Even my wife lost sleep. Everyone was nervous.’
Mack added, ‘I’m not trying to sound like a tough guy but when someone threatens my family.’
He also said he confronted his neighbors and alerted them to where the man lived.
‘I told everyone on the block to be careful… my gut was telling me something was wrong… it was more than a normal collision.’
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