In Long Island, New York, the suspect in the Gilgo Beach serial murders appeared in court Tuesday following his arrest last month. Fifty-nine-year-old Rex Heuermann is accused of murdering three women. He has also been named as the prime suspect in a fourth murder. He has pleaded not guilty. This is Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney.
Raymond Tierney: “The victims went missing between July 2010 and September — I’m sorry, July of 2007 and September of 2010. And in December of 2010, they were — their bodies were recovered. They were buried in a similar fashion, in a similar location, in a similar way. All the women were petite. They were — they all did the same thing for a living. They all advertised the same way.”
The four victims were Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello. The bodies of another seven people, including a man and a toddler, were also found in the same time period. The family members of the four women have accused police and the media of failing to pursue justice for their loved ones because they were sex workers. Rex Heuermann is an architect who worked in Manhattan. Following his arrest, authorities searched his Massapequa Park home, where they found an arsenal of 279 weapons.