Accused Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann was so obsessed with showing off his hunting skills to a female colleague that he stalked her to a cruise ship, the frightened former co-worker says.
“Going out shooting, hunting, that was [Heuermann’s] passion,” Muriel Henriquez told CBS’ Erin Moriarty in an upcoming “48 Hours” special about her former boss, who was arrested in July for the decade-old murders of at least three young women on Long Island.
Heuermann, 59, a married father of two and a Manhattan architect, once demanded to know where Henriquez was going to be during his 40th birthday cruise, she said.
“[I told him], ‘I’m going to be in the middle of the ocean and you won’t find me in the middle of the ocean.’ And he said, ‘Oh, yes, I can,'” Henriquez said.
On the second day of their trip, “There was a white envelope under my door. …It was a note from [Heuermann]”Henríquez said.
“The note said, ‘I told you I could find you anywhere,’” he said.
Rex Heuermann, 59, a married father of two and a Manhattan architect, was arrested in July for murders that occurred three years ago.Getty Images
The haunting message is doubly chilling following Heuermann’s arrest last summer for the strangulation murders of Amber Lynn Costello, Megan Waterman and Melissa Barthelemy.
The three women were found wrapped in burlap on Ocean Parkway near Gilgo State Park, just minutes from the Heuermann family home on Long Island, in December 2010.
The burlap was indicative of “a hunter,” an expert tells Andrews in a preview of the next installment of “48 Hours.”
Heuermann was captured on Google Street View in Manhattan in June 2022.Google Maps
The boastful suspect tracked down one of his employees even when she was on a cruise, he says.Gerard Bottino/SOPA Images/Shutterstock
When investigators tore apart his family’s dilapidated home in Massapequa Park after his arrest, they unearthed a concrete-lined weapons vault.
Shortly before his arrest, police made a breakthrough when DNA extracted from Heuermann’s discarded pizza dough was linked to a sample taken from material found on Waterman’s body.
“I’m very confident that Mr. Heuermann is our subject,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison told Newsday a month after the arrest.
Harrison declined to comment on whether Heuermann was looking to kill again before he was taken into custody, but the top cop reiterated that he believed the South Shore native “was someone who ruined families, someone who is a predator, someone who destroyed lives.
Neighbors crowd around Heuermann’s home in Massapequa Park, LI, after news of his arrest broke.BACKGRID
“Will Rex Heuermann be responsible for the other bodies on Ocean Parkway? “Time will tell,” the official added.
Heuermann is being held in Suffolk County after pleading not guilty to multiple counts of first- and second-degree murder.
In the two months since his arrest, police in Nevada and South Carolina have reportedly investigated the possibility that he preyed on women in their jurisdictions.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a “direct comparison” of Heuermann’s DNA and genetic material found with the body of Victoria Camara, 17, who was found dead in 2003.
Heuermann owned a timeshare in Las Vegas since about 2004 and traveled to the area infrequently, records indicate.