The arrest of suspected Gilgo Beach killer Rex Heuermann may imply justice for an unknown variety of further victims because of a key piece of proof: Heuermann’s DNA, NYPD sources advised The Post Saturday.
The division plans to check the accused serial killer’s genetic materials — obtained from a discarded pizza crust, then matched to DNA discovered on the physique of sufferer Megan Waterman — in opposition to its backlog of chilly circumstances.
“His DNA was by no means within the system till they arrested him,” the supply mentioned. “Now we are able to examine it to different crimes.”
On Friday, Heuermann, 59, was charged in Suffolk County Criminal Court for the murders of Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy and Amber Costello, whose our bodies had been discovered wrapped in burlap alongside Ocean Parkway on Long Island’s South Shore in 2010. He is taken into account the primary suspect in the death of a fourth woman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes.
“If we’ve 4, he most likely did 10,” mentioned Wendell Stradford, a former NYPD chilly case detective. “As he acquired extra comfy with it, he most likely discovered methods to eliminate them.”
But the skilled sleuth, who was on the power for almost 40 years, defined that matching effort gained’t be so simple as it seems on tv crime exhibits.
Investigators must establish related circumstances, then make sure that these victims’ DNA profiles have been added to the FBI’s CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) database earlier than they’ll hunt for connections to the alleged killer, Stradford mentioned. CODIS comprises DNA profiles from federal, state, and native forensic laboratories.
“People are underneath the impression that we submit all the pieces to CODIS,” Stradford mentioned. “We don’t as a result of it’s very costly, and you must have an excellent purpose for doing it as a result of town is paying for it.”
That means cops might have to return to their case recordsdata and laboriously submit previous proof to the database earlier than any matches will be made, he added.
“The largest factor in intercourse assaults are fingernail scrapings,” Stradford mentioned — which health workers usually gained’t take a look at in circumstances that lack a suspect.
“They’re like, ‘Do you’ve got a suspect,’” he mentioned. “If not . . . ‘We’ll hold them on file within the occasion that you just get a suspect after which we’ll take a look at.’ ”
Cops ‘not going to relaxation’
Meanwhile, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison ripped Heuermann as “an animal” Saturday as he vowed to seek out all of the killers accountable for the murders of 10 victims – eight ladies, one man, and a toddler – whose our bodies had been discovered throughout Long Island in a string of grisly discoveries greater than a decade in the past.
“I’m not going to relaxation till we get all concerned that dedicated all of the crimes, whether or not it’s this animal — or another person,” Harrison mentioned in an unique interview with The Post.
Harrison, the NYPD’s former chief of division, has been hailed for revamping the Suffolk County Police Department and lighting a fireplace underneath the dormant Gilgo Beach investigation after 13 years of frustration.
“There’s some extra work that must be accomplished,” he mentioned.
Who is Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann?
A suspected serial killer has been arrested over the notorious Gilgo Beach murders in Long Island, The Post can verify.
Rex Heuermann, 59, a married dad of two and architect at a New York City agency, has a house on 1st Avenue in Massapequa Park, sources advised The Post.
His arrest is tied to the “Gilgo Four,” 4 ladies — Melissa Barthelemy, 24, Megan Waterman, 22, Amber Lynn Costello, 27, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25 — discovered wrapped in burlap inside days of one another in 2010.
The physique of Barthelemy was first discovered alongside Ocean Parkway on Dec. 11, 2010, sparking fears of a serial killer within the space.
By spring 2011, the variety of our bodies had climbed to 10, together with eight ladies in addition to an unidentified man and toddler.
Heuermann’s arrest comes after Suffolk County’s new police commissioner created a particular Gilgo Beach Homicide Investigation Task Force in February 2022.
Meanwhile, video emerged Saturday of Heuermann’s arrest Thursday night time.
The accused killer will be seen strolling obliviously down a Midtown Manhattan sidewalk, a messenger bag slung over his shoulder, according to footage obtained by WABC.
Suddenly, plainclothes officers will be seen stepping in entrance of and surrounding the architect, hustling him into custody.
The takedown occurred near his Fifth Avenue workplace.
A couple of blocks away, on the Gardenia Deli at Eighth Ave. and thirty first St., proprietor Hassan Alborat mentioned Heuermann was an everyday who was final in his store about three weeks in the past.
“It’s disgusting,” Alborat mentioned of the accusations in opposition to the daddy of two. “He by no means discuss rather a lot, simply purchase a sandwich, generally soda or water . . . Thank God they acquired him.”
Scouring household dwelling
On Long Island, authorities pored over Heuermann’s ramshackle Massapequa Park dwelling for a second day.
“We’re simply going by means of his home seeking to see if there’s any proof. If he has any trophies,” a police supply advised The Post.
In the road outdoors, a throng of onlookers filmed investigators as they emerged with gadgets that ranged from the mundane — a cat scratch pole, a framed image, an empty bookcase — to the creepy: a child-sized collector’s doll with lengthy blond braids and a colourful costume, entombed in an elaborate glass show cupboard.
Law enforcement officers clad in powder blue caps, white jumpsuits and blue rubber gloves dotted the property, sifting the area for additional clues.
Former mayor Rudy Giuliani bizarrely turned up at the scene as well, grinning from the passenger seat of a darkish SUV that drove alongside the suspect’s block, and requested an officer how shut he may get to the alleged killer’s dwelling.
Apparently sad with the response, the ex-prosecutor stayed in his automotive and drove off. He didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Heuermann appeared in court docket Friday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to 3 counts of first-degree homicide and different costs associated to the deaths of the three ladies over 10 years in the past. The life-long suburbanite, who was impassive in court docket, was additionally named the prime suspect within the fourth killing.
A lawyer for Heuermann didn’t instantly reply to a message searching for remark.
Additional reporting by Larry Celona and Khristina Narizhnaya.