The suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann kept a torn, stained shirt and handcuff keys in a workshop at his Long Island home, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
A fleet of forensic investigators are combing through the 59-year-old architect’s ‘dungeon-like’ Massapequa Park home for a sixth day.
DailyMail.com spotted one investigator carrying a note listing some of the evidence found inside. Among the items on the list were a rope kept in a vault, a torn man’s shirt with a stain in a bag and handcuff keys in a shelf underneath a work bench.
It’s unclear when those specific items were cleared from the home or whether they were tied to the investigation, but officers have been searching the property for ‘trophies’ that may be linked to the victims.
Police on Sunday removed a massive haul of more than 200 weapons from the home. And over the past few days, a range of items including a child-sized blonde doll kept in a wooden case, a cat and Playboy magazines have been taken out.
Investigators have also been searching two storage units connected to Heuermann and on Wednesday several boxes were spotted outside one. Blue tarp and white tents have been erected outside the unit to close off the scene.
A fleet of forensic investigators are combing through the 59-year-old architect’s ‘dungeon-like’ Massapequa Park home for a sixth day
The suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann kept a torn, stained shirt and handcuff keys in a workshop at his Long Island home
Among the items on the list were a rope kept in a vault, a torn man’s shirt with a stain in a bag and handcuff keys in a shelf underneath a work bench
Boxes belonging to Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann were spotted outside one of his storage units
Investigators have been searching the units for days, and have erected tarp and tents to close the scene off
Heuermann was dramatically arrested on Thursday night in Midtown Manhattan outside his Fifth Avenue firm, 13 years after the discovery of four bodies along Gilgo beach, all wrapped in camouflage burlap sacks. In total, the bodies of 11 people, including a toddler, have been found along that same stretch.
He is charged with murdering three of the Gilgo Beach victims – Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello. He has pleaded not guilty.
He is also considered the prime suspect in the death of a fourth woman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, whose body was bound and hidden in thick underbrush along a remote beach highway, and authorities have not ruled out charging him with more murders.
At a press conference after Heuermann’s arrest on Friday, Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said cops investigating him over the course of a year cited a number of red flags, saying that he ‘continued to patronize sex workers,’ was using false IDs and burner phones, and had permits for an astonishing 92 firearms.
Neighbors have previously said that the suspected serial killer had always been creepy, leading some adults to instruct their children to avoid the suburban home.
One neighbor, Etienne Devilliers, on Wednesday said that Heuermann peeked over their fence to look at his wife sunbathing when they first moved in.
He said that at first he thought Heuermann was ‘just being friendly’, but a conversation between the two men afterward was ‘unpleasant’, although after the incident he was always ‘friendly and pleasant’.
‘He stopped, he didn’t argue with me. In the middle of the conversation he would say “me, being 6ft4, 200lbs”. The guy was odd but never violent,’ he said.
He described Heuermann’s wife as ‘equally as odd’ and was ‘very isolated’ and mostly kept to herself.
Devilliers said on Friday morning after Heuermann’s arrest he was woken by cops who asked him to move his cars.
‘I really feel bad for the children,’ he said.
Heuermann, 59, was taken into custody dramatically in the street on Thursday night at around 8.30pm on suspicion of some of New York state’s most horrific and prolific unsolved murders
Melissa Barthelemy, top left, Amber Costello, top right, Megan Waterman, bottom left, and Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Authorities on Long Island are vowing to continue investigating the Gilgo Beach murders after charging an architect in the deaths of three of the 11 victims
He added that he knew Heuermann had guns and he often spoke about them. And although he supports the Second Amendment, ‘some people get carried away and this guy was over the edge’.
Devilliers also recalled once seeing a few men carrying a heavy object that turned out to be a safe door into the home.
‘He told me back then that that “this is to protect my guns”.’
The retired firefighter said that most of the people living on their street were police officers.
‘For something like this to happen under our nose is very shocking.’
Another Massapequa resident who lives three blocks away said that Heuermann was often seen on the Long Island Rail Road commuting to the city.
‘I’ve seen him on the train, he has a distinct look – he’s not a little guy,’ Ricky Tavella said.
‘It’s extremely sad. I can’t stand that this guy’s home is in my neighborhood.’
Tavella said that Massapequa Park is mostly comprised of cops and firefighters, and ‘it’s all blue-collar workers around here.’
Bob Robert, whose brother-in-law went to school with Heuermann, described him as ‘very shy’.
‘He thinks it’s crazy, he saw him around the neighborhood,’ he said.
New York State Troopers removed hundreds of guns from a ‘walled off vault’ inside Heuermann’s home over the weekend
Among items of evidence seized from Heuermann’s home earlier this week was what looked like a hand grenade
Old issues of Playboy were removed from the house this week and put into evidence vans
A guitar was another of the items removed from the house on Tuesday
The investigation into Heuermann now spans at least three states, including South Carolina where he owns property and Nevada where he owned a condo in Sin City.
Last week, police seized a rare first-generation Chevy Avalanche at the home of his younger brother Craig in rural Chester. Exclusive DailyMail.com pictures show the truck being examined by New York State investigators before it began its journey north on Tuesday.
Cops linked the Avalanche to the murder of Amber Costello, one of the sex workers whose body was found in December 2010. She had gone missing three months earlier.
A witness had seen the vehicle in Costello’s driveway.
DailyMail.com understands Heuermann sold the vehicle to his brother who has regularly been driving it on the roads around his 18-acre compound in Chester, South Carolina.
Land registry documents revealed that Rex Heuermann purchased $154,000 worth of land in Chester in 2021, with neighbors saying he had planned to create a ‘compound’ with his brother who lives in the high security property.
Etienne Devilliers on Wednesday said that Heuermann peeked over their fence to look at his wife sunbathing when they first moved in. He said that at first he thought Heuermann was ‘just being friendly’, but a conversation between the two men afterward was ‘unpleasant’
Forensic investigators continue to comb through Heuermann’s property
Neighbors told DailyMail.com that Craig was often seen driving the vehicle around the area, filling the back with wood and other items to board up holes in his property.
One added that he would brag ‘how fast he could get to New York’.
Neighbors described Craig, 57, as ‘crazy’ and ‘a nut’, with one expressing concern for any ‘bodies being buried’ on the property, which is posted with No Trespassing signs – one of which warns ‘No Warrant, No Entry’.
They said: ‘You hear all sorts of things, gun shots in the middle of the night and heavy machinery. It does make you wonder.
‘No one knows why they bought the land really. They have been trying to make a military-style compound from what Craig said. He hunts on his land too.’
The Chevrolet Avalanche that led police to Heuermann was pictured outside his Long Island home on Bing and Google Earth images. A similar car had been described by witnesses to Amber Costello’s disappearance
Heuermann’s rare first-generation Chevy Avalanche was seized by cops in rural South Carolina and is now making its way back to New York
DailyMail.com understands Heuermann sold the vehicle to his brother who has regularly been driving it on the roads around his 18-acre compound in Chester, South Carolina
Craig Heuermann was driven away from his home on Tuesday
DailyMail.com obtained exclusive pictures of Craig Heuermann leaving his property on Tuesday morning, though it is unclear where he went.
He was seen getting into a black vehicle and leaving the property, breaking his cover since his brother pleaded not guilty to the murders on Friday.
The construction worker left New York for the Carolinas after being convicted for negligent homicide in the death of Housing Authority Police Captain Winnion Buskey, 51.
He crashed through the central median of a local highway near Rex’s Long Island home while going over 60 miles per hour in 1988.
Buskey was pronounced dead on the scene, while Craig Heuermann was hospitalized with facial lacerations before being taken into custody.
The judge in the case cited police records saying Heuermann was in an ‘intoxicated and coked-up’ condition at the time.
Craig Heuermann pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated and was jailed.
Neighbors confirmed the vehicle seized by cops was regularly driven by Craig, as court documents showed Rex was the registered owner of the vehicle at the time of the murders.