‘He had a fascination with those girls’: Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect hired petite women who looked like his alleged victims at architecture firm before making them perform menial tasks, ex-worker claims

‘He had a fascination with those girls’: Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect hired petite women who looked like his alleged victims at architecture firm before making them perform menial tasks, ex-worker claims

  • Rex Heuermann, 59, was arrested and charged with murdering three women
  • An ex-worker at his firm claimed that he would hire women who looked like them
  • He claimed Heuermann would then be ‘very demeaning to women, not very nice’

The Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect hired petite women who looked like his alleged victims at his architecture firm, an ex-worker has claimed.

The staffer, who only revealed his name as ‘Eric’, claimed Rex Heuermann would get the women to do menial tasks such as making coffee and moving his car.

He claimed the 6ft 4in, 59-year-old murder suspect would try to demean them around the office and that he had a ‘fascination’ with them.

Heuermann has been arrested and charged with the murder of three of the ‘Gilgo Four’, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello.

Heuermann, 59 has been arrested and charged with the murder of three of the ‘Gilgo Four’, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello, whose bodies were found on the Long Island beach in 2010

Police were seen searching the property for 'trophies' Friday that may be linked to the victims

Police were seen searching the property for ‘trophies’ Friday that may be linked to the victims

Drone photos of the backyard of Heuermann's Massapequa Park home on Friday

Drone photos of the backyard of Heuermann’s Massapequa Park home on Friday

A cat is removed from the home of Heuermann in Massapequa Park on Friday afternoon

A cat is removed from the home of Heuermann in Massapequa Park on Friday afternoon

Former staffer Eric told the New York Post: ‘It was almost like he had a fascination with those girls that he was working with.’

He claimed Heuermann would be ‘very demeaning to women, not very nice’ and force them to do gopher work like grabbing coffee and moving his car.

Eric, who worked ‘on and off’ for the alleged killer from the 1990s, also claimed Heuermann once told a fellow staffer to do ‘months’ of research on NYC strip clubs.

‘He always had this sinister look in his eyes,’ Eric said, adding that Heuermann would often brag about his collection of firearms.

The ex-employee, who showed emails proving he worked for Heuermann, called him a man who would hide behind his expertise. 

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

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 was a very good person at blending in and being a regular, nerdy guy about his topic. And that was his kind of cover,’ Eric said.  

Eric was not, however, surprised that the ‘cheap’ Heuermann was arrested, noting he ‘always had this sinister look in his eyes.’ 

Heuermann was arrested and charged last week in the killings of three of the ‘Gilgo Four,’ a group of women whose bodies were discovered near Gilgo Beach on Long Island in 2010.

He pleaded not guilty to the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello.

The architect lived in a ‘dungeon-like’ home just 18 miles away from the beach with his wife Asa Ellerup, adult daughter and stepson – who police say were away when the murders took place. 

Heuermann is also the lead suspect in the 2007 disappearance and subsequent murder of the fourth woman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, though he has not yet been charged in the case.

He is also being investigated for the murders of six other women whose bodies were found near Gilgo Beach in 2011.

Detectives are now looking into unsolved murders across the country to see if they are linked to Heuermann. 

Police were seen searching his property for ‘trophies’ that may be linked to the victims for a seventh day on Thursday. Investigators are also looking at his time share in Las Vegas and a property he owned in South Carolina.

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