Title: Suspect in Gilgo Beach Killings: Unveiling a Life of Chaos and Control

Meta Description: Explore the shocking life of Rex Heuermann, a meticulous architectural consultant turned alleged serial killer. Discover the eerie details of his unsettling behavior and the painstaking investigation that led to his arrest after 15 years.

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Suspect in Gilgo Beach Killings: Unveiling a Life of Chaos and Control

A person silhouetted in a window behind a picket fence. Crime scene investigators scoured the home of Rex Heuermann, a house avoided by neighbors. Credit…Johnny Milano for The New York Times

Andy NewmanNate Schweber By Andy Newman and Nate Schweber July 15, 2023 Updated 8:29 a.m. ET

Discover the shocking truth behind Rex Heuermann, the suspect in the Gilgo Beach Killings, as we delve into his life of chaos and control. Uncover the unsettling details of his behavior that left his Massapequa Park neighbors discomfited. Read on to learn how a careful cover-up allowed him to evade capture for nearly 15 years.

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At his office near the Empire State Building, Rex Heuermann was a master of the meticulous: a veteran architectural consultant and a self-styled expert at navigating the intricacies of New York City’s building code. He impressed some clients and drove others crazy with his fine-toothed directives.

At home in Massapequa Park on Long Island, while some neighbors saw Mr. Heuermann as just another commuter in a suit, others found him a figure of menace. He glowered at neighbors while swinging an ax in the front yard of a low-slung, dilapidated house that parents cautioned their children to avoid on Halloween. He was kicked out of a Whole Foods for stealing fruit.

“We would cross the street,” said Nicholas Ferchaw, 24, a neighbor. “He was somebody you don’t want to approach.”

On Friday, Suffolk County prosecutors said that residents of Massapequa Park had a serial killer living in their midst. They accused Mr. Heuermann, 59, of leaving a quarter-mile trail of young women’s bodies on the South Shore of Long Island in what came to be known as the Gilgo Beach Killings. Yet he was so careful in covering his tracks, they said, that it took them nearly 15 years to arrest him.

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Mr. Heuermann’s friends and clients in the real estate business were flabbergasted.

His neighbor Mr. Ferchaw said, “I wasn’t surprised at all — because of all the creepiness.”

Mr. Heuermann, who was arrested in Midtown on Thursday night, was charged Friday with three counts of first-degree murder and ordered held without bail during a brief appearance at a courthouse in Suffolk County. His lawyer said outside the courthouse that Mr. Heuermann denied committing the killings.

The Gilgo Beach Serial Killings After a decade of investigation into multiple murders believed to have been carried out by a serial killer on Long Island, a suspect has been arrested. Human Remains: The case began in 2010, with the retrieval of four female bodies on a desolate stretch of Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach. It was only the first of several grisly discoveries: In all, remains of nine women, a man, and a toddler were found in the area. Profiling the Killer: For years, the authorities were unable to identify a suspect. But from our interviews with experts and criminologists in 2011, a possible portrait of the serial murderer emerged. A New Police Chief: After years of stasis, the arrival of Commissioner Geraldine Hart at the Suffolk County Police Department seemed to propel the investigation forward. If convicted of these crimes, Mr. Heuermann would join the ranks of serial killers who led double lives, the other one quite mundane. John Wayne Gacy was a construction contractor in Illinois. Richard Cottingham, known as the Torso Killer, was a computer operator for a New Jersey insurance company.

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In a video interview posted on YouTube last year and conducted at his entirely unremarkable-looking office on Fifth Avenue, Mr. Heuermann — tall and heavyset, sporting a toupee-like 1970s haircut and a blue dress shirt with a pen peeking from the pocket — comes across as a recognizable character: the scrappy, street-smart Noo Yawker, the I-got-a-guy guy.

According to his résumé and the website of his company, RH Consultants & Associates, Mr. Heuermann’s customers included American Airlines, Catholic Charities, and the city’s own Department of Environmental Protection. He represented clients before the Landmark Preservation Commission many times and claimed credit for hundreds of successful applications before city agencies.

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Steve Kramberg, a property manager in Brooklyn who worked with Mr. Heuermann for about 30 years, called him “a gem to deal with, highly knowledgeable.” Mr. Heuermann was “a big goofy guy, a little bit on the nerdy side” who worked long hours and was available day and night, Mr. Kramberg said. But he was also devoted to his wife, who Mr. Kramberg said had health problems, and to his elderly mother.

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In Massapequa Park, a tightly gridded village of neat homes with manicured lawns, Mr. Heuermann, the son of an aerospace engineer, lived in the house that he grew up in and tinkered with furniture in his father’s old workshop. A man who went to high school with him said he was bullied as a teenager but sometimes fought back. In 1990, he married an executive at an office supply company. He has a daughter who works at his firm.

Mr. Ferchaw recounted several run-ins with his neighbor, none pleasant. There was the time he said hello to Mr. Heuermann as he was cutting wood, and Mr. Heuermann responded by silently glaring back between chops of his splitting maul. Other times he would be seated beside his stacked wood on the porch watching an old television.

Mike Schmidt, who has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years, has a friend who lives behind Mr. Heuermann. Sometimes Mr. Schmidt would visit his buddy, have a few beers in the backyard, look out at the sagging Heuermann house, “and say ‘He probably has bodies there.’”

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