Prosecutors have alleged that Rex Heuermann, a 59-year-old architect, is linked to the murders of three women, whose bodies were found more than a decade ago near Gilgo Beach, New York. Despite appearing as a quiet family man, police accuse Heuermann of murdering the women and dumping their remains about 45 miles east of Manhattan. His neglected home, which contrasts sharply with the well-kept houses in his neighborhood, was searched extensively by officers who retrieved many pieces of evidence, including boxes, cabinets, and toolboxes.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison mentioned a large collection of weapons found in Heuermann’s basement. It remains unclear whether these were acquired legally. Furthermore, investigators seized a number of toolboxes that the architect, in an unsettling interview before his arrest, had once mentioned his fondness for using a hammer, one of the tools in these boxes, for “persuasion”.
Over 200 firearms were found in his house, linked to Heuermann’s enthusiasm for duck hunting. The District Attorney disclosed that the burlap material in which the victims were found is commonly used in duck blinds.
Many of Heuermann’s neighbors reported seeing him regularly as he traveled to and from Manhattan via the Long Island Rail Road. Heuermann, who had grown up in and later bought the house from his mother, now faces six murder charges for the deaths of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello.