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New charges against suspected Gilgo Beach killer Rex Heuermann, including dismemberment: Live

New charges threaten against suspected serial killer Rex Heuermann from Gilgo Beach

Suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann has been charged with the brutal murders of two more women.

Heuermann, 60, was back in court Thursday morning, charged with the dismemberment murder of 20-year-old Jessica Taylor in 2003 and 28-year-old Sandra Costilla in 1993.

“We know that criminals in general … their modus operandi can change over the course of their lives,” Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said Thursday. “With the original four individuals, there was no dismemberment, but with Ms. Taylor, there was.”

The Manhattan architect has already been charged with the murders of Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy, Amber Lynn Costello and Maureen Brainard-Barnes – known as the “Gilgo Four” – in 2009 and 2010.

The charges come days after investigators with the Gilgo Beach Task Force completed a second search of Heuermann's Massapequa Park home and a search of an area in Manorville where the remains of two women, Taylor and Valerie Mack, were found in the early 2000s. Mack is not part of Thursday's new indictment.

Heuermann has been held without bail since his arrest on July 13 and has pleaded not guilty to the four original murder charges.

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New indictment significantly changes the scope of the alleged crimes

New charges filed today against suspected Gilgo Beach killer Rex Heuermann significantly expand the timeline of his alleged crimes.

Now he is facing new charges: in 2003, 20-year-old Jessica Taylor was killed by dismemberment, and in 1993 he fell victim to 28-year-old Sandra Costilla.

Heuermann is now accused of crimes that took place over thirty years ago.

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney says this new timeline changes “nothing” for prosecutors.

“It underscores what we already knew, which is that we are dealing with an individual who carefully planned and executed six separate murders,” Tierney told reporters Thursday morning.

Katie Hawkins6 June 2024 16:50

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“Astronomically high number”: Prosecutor states probability that hair found on victims belongs to the suspect

Ray Tierney, district attorney for Suffolk County, New York, said an examination of biological samples found on Jessica Taylor and Sandra Costilla's bodies showed they likely belonged to suspected Gilgo Beach killer Rex Heuermann, which is why his office filed charges this morning.

A male hair was found on Costilla's body, which the laboratory said probably matched Heuermann or a person with his DNA profile.

“It was 4.347 times 10 to the power of 332 more likely to have come from a person genetically identical to Rex Heuermann than from an unrelated person,” Tierney said of the results. He called it an “astronomically large number.”

A man's hair was also found on Taylor's body. This sample was also examined and it turned out that it probably came from Heuermann or “someone who matches the defendant's DNA profile.”

Tierney said of the game result: “This number is 1.837 times 10 to the power of 603 … This number doesn't exist, it's that big.”

Katie Hawkins6 June 2024 16:30

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District Attorney confirms new charges against suspected Gilgo Beach killer

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney confirmed to reporters that his office had filed two new murder charges against Rex Heuermann.

“Each and every one of these allegations must be proven in court, and we look forward to doing just that,” Tierney said Thursday morning.

“We never forget that this case is about the victims and their families and that we want to hopefully give them some closure,” he said.

Katie Hawkins6 June 2024 16:14

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District Attorney holds press conference

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney will speak to the media at 11 a.m. local time.

His comments come after he accused suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann of the murders of Jessica Taylor and Sandra Costilla, who were killed over 20 years ago.

Katie Hawkins6 June 2024 15:59

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Lawyer for the victims' families comments on new charges

Attorney John Ray, who represents the victims' families, said suspect Rex Heuermann “acted under the illusion that he was untouchable … undetectable.”

“He didn't believe the things he listed would ever be found because they were buried in his electronic devices that he had deleted long ago,” Ray told reporters Thursday morning. “What he didn't realize was the sophistication of modern electronic data discovery, and that's what these things have changed.”

“These women need to be represented too, and you will find over time that there are many more of them,” Ray said.

Heuermann was charged Thursday with the murder of Jessica Taylor and Sandra Costilla, who were killed more than 20 years ago.

Andrea Cavallier, Katie Hawkins6 June 2024 15:40

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New murder charge followed second major search of Rex Heuermann's house

Suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann has now been charged with the murders of Jessica Taylor and Sandra Costilla, who were killed over 20 years ago.

This came just days after investigators with the Gilgo Beach Task Force completed a second search of Heuermann's Massapequa Park home, as well as a search of an area of ​​Manorville where the partial remains of Taylor – and Valerie Mack – were found more than two decades ago.

Taylor's torso was found near Halsey Manor Lane in Manorville, about a mile south of Mack's remains near the Long Island Expressway. Newsday reported. Mack's death, however, is not part of the new charges, sources told the newspaper.

In April of this year, investigators from the Gilgo Beach Task Force spent nine days searching the Manorville area where Taylor and Mack's remains were discovered, as well as Heuermann's home.

An initial search of the house in July lasted 12 days and turned up more than 200 firearms, including dozens stored in a basement vault. Investigators also tore up a wooden deck, dug up the backyard with an excavator and used special equipment to search for buried items.

Katie Hawkins6 June 2024 15:16

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Suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann charged with murdering two more women

The former Manhattan architect, who was first arrested in July 2023, has already been charged with the murders of Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy, Amber Lynn Costello and Maureen Brainard-Barnes – collectively known as the “Gilgo Four” – in 2009 and 2010 after their remains were found in burlap sacks along Ocean Parkway.

Katie Hawkins6 June 2024 14:55

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There is no trace of the accused serial killer’s wife and daughter in court

There is no trace of Rex Heueremann’s estranged wife and daughter in the courtroom today.

Robert Macedonio, lawyer for Heuermann’s wife Asa Ellerup, spoke with Newsday after inspecting the condition of the property in Massapequa Park following the search that preceded the arraignment expected today.

“It seems like the focus was in the basement,” Macedonio said. “There doesn't seem to be much unrest in the bathrooms [and] Bedroom.”

Andrea Cavallier6 June 2024 14:41

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New charges expected against suspected Gilgo Beach killer

The 60-year-old will appear before State Supreme Court Judge Timothy Mazzei on Thursday morning.

Follow live coverage of the hearing.

Katie Hawkins6 June 2024 14:34