Convicted BTK serial killer Dennis Rader has laid out the similarities between himself and newly-arrested Gilgo Beach homicide suspect Rex Heuermann.
Mr Heuermann, a 59-year-old father of two, was taken into custody final week and charged with three counts of first-degree homicide and three of second-degree homicide over the deaths of slain intercourse staff Melissa Barthelemy, Amber Costello and Megan Waterman. He has pleaded not responsible.
The girls’s our bodies have been present in 2010 inside one-quarter of a mile of one another within the Long Island group of Gilgo Beach in New York state. Twenty-four-year-old Maureen Brainard-Barnes’ stays have been additionally discovered within the neighborhood — Mr Heuermann has not been charged with Brainard-Barnes’ homicide however is the prime suspect within the investigation.
Now Rader, who’s serving ten life sentences in a most safety Kansas jail after he confessed in 2005 to killing 10 folks over a span of three a long time, has referred to as Mr Heuermann “a clone of me.” Rader gave himself the title of the BTK killer as a result of he sure and tortured his victims earlier than killing them.
“I was arrested age[d] 59. Married, two kids,” Rader wrote in a letter despatched to Fox News Digital. “Husband, dad longtime a serial killer, stalker, used electronic devices, lives in a neighbourhood undetected.”
Earlier this week, Rader’s daughter Kerri Rawson advised The Independent that she’s “heartbroken” for Mr Heuermann’s household.
“And so your next thought, for me, is: Does he have a family? That’s a question, and so you’re looking through media, and all of a sudden, you’re reading, okay, he has a wife, he has kids,” Ms Rawson stated.
“And then, for me … it’s like I almost get ripped again, like emotionally torn – because you’re so glad that they’ve caught somebody and got him before he could hurt anybody else, but you’re heartbroken for this family.”
Mr Heuermann’s spouse Asa Ellerup filed for divorce on Wednesday, simply 5 days after his arrest. In an announcement to The Independent, Ms Ellerup’s legal professional stated the household’s was devastated.
“As you can imagine, our client and her family are going through a devastating time in their lives,” legal professional Robert Macedonia stated. “The sensitive nature of her husband’s arrest is taking an emotional toll on the immediate and extended family, especially their elderly family members.”
Mr Heuermann lived in Massapequa Park, the place the victims have been final seen, whereas his structure consulting agency is positioned close to the realm in Midtown Manhattan the place taunting calls have been made to the ladies’s households. He first got here onto investigators’ radar final yr, when a witness recognised his automobile, whereas DNA proof and a forensic evaluation of his cellphone data and on-line searches have additional tied him to the crime, police stated.
Records additionally present that a number of on-line accounts below fictitious names linked to Mr Heuermann have been used for unlawful actions. Mr Heuermann allegedly used these accounts and burner telephones to contact girls for prostitution companies, in addition to making chilling on-line searches.
The searches reportedly included sadistic, torture-related pornography, baby pornography and disturbing content material.
Former NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce advised ABC’s Good Morning America that regulation enforcement companies throughout the tri-state space of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and even nationwide are additionally reviewing chilly instances that Mr Heuermann could also be tied to.
Las Vegas and South Carolina police are additionally reviewing unsolved instances within the areas the place Mr Heuermann owns properties.