For 30 years he thought his neighbor was ‘creepy’. Then he realized he’s the Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect | EUROtoday

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For 30 years, he simply thought his neighbor was “creepy”.

Then he realized he was the Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect.

It was virtually precisely one yr in the past at this time when police got here knocking on the door of FDNY firefighter Etienne de Villiers’ dwelling.

At first, officers simply requested him to maneuver his automobile, and wouldn’t reveal any clues as to the massive police presence alongside the quiet road in Massapequa Park, Long Island, he instructed The Daily Beast.

He then turned on the information and couldn’t consider what he noticed.

“I went outside and said, ‘Rex is the Gilgo killer?’” de Villiers instructed the outlet. “The guy looked at me and said, ‘That’s why I can’t talk.’”

On July 13 2023, investigators swooped on Manhattan architect and married father-of-two Rex Heuermann and arrested him for a string of murders that had terrorized the Long Island group of Gilgo Beach for the previous decade.

Heuermann was initially charged with the murders of three ladies: Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy and Amber Costello.

In January, he was additionally charged with the homicide of a fourth sufferer Maureen Brainard-Barnes.

Rex Heuermann appears in court in June after being charged with two murder
Rex Heuermann seems in courtroom in June after being charged with two homicide (AP)

The 4 ladies, collectively generally known as the “Gilgo Four”, all labored as intercourse employees and disappeared between 2007 and 2010 after going to fulfill a shopper. Their our bodies have been present in December 2010 inside one-quarter mile of one another, sure by belts or tape and a few wrapped in burlap – all dumped alongside Gilgo Beach.

Then, this June, Heuermann was charged with two extra murders – the 2003 homicide of Jessica Taylor and the 1993 homicide of Sandra Costilla. Taylor’s partial skeletal stays have been present in a wooded space of Manorville in 2003, earlier than additional stays have been discovered alongside Ocean Parkway in 2011. The physique of Costilla, who not like the opposite victims was not working as a intercourse employee on the time, was present in a wooded space in North Sea in 1993.

These newest costs allege that the suspected serial killer started preying on victims greater than three a long time in the past, with Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney revealing that the case – and potential costs – are removed from over.

It’s a brand new, stunning timeframe that now has his next-door neighbor reflecting on their interactions all these years in the past.

De Villiers instructed The Daily Beast that he and his spouse Patricia had moved in subsequent to Heuermann in 1995 – two years after he allegedly murdered Costilla and one yr earlier than he married his spouse Asa Ellerup.

He recalled how, not lengthy after they moved in, Patricia had instructed him their new neighbor was “creeping her out”.

De Villiers stated that Heuermann, who had lived within the property his entire life, would peer over the fence at her and attempt to make small discuss whereas she was sunbathing.

Accused Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann was charged in June 2024 with the brutal murders of Sandra Costilla and Jessica Taylor (left and right)
Accused Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann was charged in June 2024 with the brutal murders of Sandra Costilla and Jessica Taylor (left and proper) (Suffolk County DA/Remembering Jessica Taylor Facebook web page)

“Every time she’s out there and I’m at the firehouse working, Rex would hang over the fence, talking to her,” de Villiers stated.

“She finally told me that he was creeping her out.”

Initially, de Villiers stated he requested him politely to cease, however Heuermann allegedly continued, main the firefighter to confess he “literally threatened the guy”.

De Villiers stated he was stunned by Heuermann’s calm response.

“Not only did he stop, he didn’t get mad,” he stated. “He didn’t come back at me, which kind of surprised me. He said, ‘I won’t do it no more,’ and he backed off immediately. So I went, ‘okay.’”

After that, he stated their relationship was pleasant.

Though they didn’t hang around socially, de Villiers stated he was just about the one individual within the neighborhood who would converse to Heuermann.

But now, Heuermann’s habits in the direction of his spouse has taken on new which means.

During the most recent search of Heuermann’s dwelling this spring, prosecutors stated they uncovered a twisted planning doc on a deleted onerous drive by which the accused serial killer methodically plotted his kills.

Prosecutors allege it features a “targets” record, with the outline: “Small is good.”

Suffolk County police outside the home of Rex Heuermann during the latest search in May
Suffolk County police outdoors the house of Rex Heuermann in the course of the newest search in May (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

De Villiers instructed The Daily Beast that he now thinks how this descriptor may match his “petite” spouse.

“It’s scary now, when you stop and think that the girls all look like my wife,” he says.

While Heuermann is now charged with the murders of six ladies, there are six different victims tied to the Gilgo Beach serial killer case that stay unsolved.

In complete, 11 victims’ stays have been discovered alongside the shores of Long Island in 2010 and 2011 after Shannan Gilbert vanished in mysterious circumstances on leaving a shopper’s home close to Gilgo Beach, sparking a police search.

During the search, police found a set of human stays. Within days, 4 victims had been discovered and by spring 2011, the variety of victims rose to 10.

Gilbert’s physique was then present in December 2011.

Until this June, Costilla’s homicide was by no means thought of to be the work of the Gilgo Beach serial killer.