Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuerman didn’t raise any red flags, but he had ‘full reign’ when his wife and children traveled to his native Iceland for two weeks each year, a friend told Newstimesuk.com exclusively on Friday.
Lisa M., who grew up with Asa Ellerup on Long Island, had a relationship with Heuerman’s wife of 20 years over their sons, who both have learning disabilities and attended the same daily program as the children.
Heuerman, 59, and Ellerup, both married 26 years ago, and raise their stepson Christopher Sheridan, 33, and their daughter Victoria, 22. She filed for divorce days after he was charged with the 2010 murders of three women off the coast of Long Island.
Lisa said that while she didn’t notice any red flags about the family, Ellarup traveled to Iceland for two weeks each year, which could have given the architect the opportunity to commit heinous crimes.
‘That’s probably when he was doing what he was doing,’ she said.
Lisa M., who grew up with Elarup on Long Island, spoke to Newstimesuk.com on Friday.
Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuerman and Ellerup, both 59, married 20 years ago and raised their stepson Christopher Sheridan, 33, and their daughter Victoria, 22.
Heuerman, 59, and Ellarup, both married 26 years ago, are raising their stepson Christopher Sheridan, 33, (center) and their daughter Victoria, 22 (right).
When asked if she believed, as the police do, some victims may have been killed in the family home, Lisa said: ‘I can see it because he had full reign when he left.’
Despite unfounded speculation that Heuerman may have had a female accomplice, Lisa said there was ‘no way’ Ellarup had any idea about her husband’s alleged crimes.
‘It’s a bad situation I feel so bad for her,’ Lisa said ‘She didn’t know at all I don’t think she’d keep the kids at home.’
Lisa said she never saw Heuerman interact with children, but the accused killer sometimes attended special ed baseball games and bowling parties for children.
He claims that Ellarup doesn’t seem like a broken woman, but doesn’t seem ‘very free’ and often seems like she might be in need of money.
Lisa told Newstimesuk.com: ‘I’ve never seen Asa black and blue like he’s beaten but I don’t think he’s been as independent as the others.’
‘[Ellerup] Always with the kids… they never really had nice clothes.
Lisa describes Christopher as a great kid – high functioning but always with his mom because he needs constant supervision.
For the seventh day on Thursday, police were seen searching properties for ‘trophies’ that could be linked to the victims
‘He had an old car, he didn’t have a job… he didn’t seem to have any money, who knows if he paid her an allowance.’
Lisa describes Christopher as a great kid – high functioning but always with his mother because he needs constant supervision.
Her son even slept over at the family home once, and Christopher also slept over at hers many times.
‘They seemed like good parents. There will never be any problem. He was always there for his son when he was in a play,’ added Lisa. ‘Completely out of the blue is this person.’
Lisa said she was ‘scared’ to call her friend and thinks her kids must be ‘taking it terribly.’
‘I don’t remember any friends coming home so I don’t know if he has any. I can contact him when everything is calm.’
Ellerup was home Thursday when police raided the property at the same time they arrested Heuermann outside his Manhattan architecture firm.
Her attorney, Robert Macedonia, said the family was blindsided by the murder.
‘Obviously it was a traumatic time for them and a very difficult time to understand,’ he told US Sun.
‘Like any family, it’s very upsetting and they’re completely shocked and defensive. The family does not wish to comment further.’
The architect lived with his wife Asa Ellarup in a ‘dungeon-like’ Massapequa Park home just 18 miles from Gilgo Beach.
Authorities previously echoed the attorney’s comments, saying the family was ‘in the dark about his double life.’
Detectives are now looking into unsolved murders across the country to see if they are linked to Humane. Police say he was behind the 2010 deaths of three sex workers who were buried at Gigolo Beach. He is the prime suspect in the fourth murder.
The architect lived in a ‘dungeon-like’ Massapequa Park home 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.
Law enforcement sources told CBS News that detectives are now investigating unsolved murders across the country to see if they are linked to Human, 59. He is the prime suspect in the fourth murder.
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