The mother of one of the Gilgo Beach murder victims says she hopes alleged killer Rex Heuermann “suffers” at the hands of other inmates behind bars.
Lynn Barthelemy took a vengeful tone when discussing the alleged murderer of her daughter Melissa, feeling “death is too good” for the “devil” Manhattan architect.
‘Let her get what the girls got,’ he said. nbc newsadding that a painless death would be an ‘easy’ way out of the consequences of heinous crimes.
The Barthelemy family suffered unrelenting anguish as Melissa’s killer repeatedly taunted them about her death, but when cops traced the calls to Heuermann’s Manhattan office, the mother said: “I always knew the phone calls were going to be clue”.
His comments came after Heuermann’s dramatic arrest in Manhattan on Thursday night for the murders of three victims found on Gilgo Beach in 2010 and 2011. As many as 11 sets of remains were discovered on the beach.
Lynn Barthelemy, the mother of Gilgo Beach murder victim Melissa Barthelemy, said “death is too good” for her daughter’s killer.
Lynn’s daughter, Melissa, disappeared in 2009 and her body was found the following year.
Rex Heuermann is shown in one of his Tinder profile photos. Police traced the fictitious email account he used in the profile and his phone number for the case.
Heuermann’s arrest came after a decade-long manhunt for the infamous “Gilgo Beach serial killer,” and police admitted Friday they acted out of fear he might strike again.
He has been charged with the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, who disappeared in 2009, as well as Megan Waterman and Amber Costello.
Despite having the alleged killer in custody, Lynn Barthelemy said it’s little comfort given the anguish her family has endured for 14 years.
“Our family has suffered every day,” he said. I would like him to suffer at the hands of other inmates.
After Melissa’s murder, the killer made taunting phone calls to her family mocking her death and describing sexually assaulting and murdering her.
But the psycho move may have led investigators to the killer, as they were able to trace the calls to a location in midtown Manhattan near Heuermann’s old office.
“I always knew that phone calls were going to be key,” Barthelemy added.
Heuermann pleaded not guilty to the murders following his arrest.
Barthelemy said he expects Heuermann to “suffer” because his family has suffered “every day.”
Shannan Gilbert’s sister (pictured) said they were “overwhelmed” by the news that her killer may have been caught after more than a decade. He disappeared in May 2010 and his remains were found in December 2011. Heuermann has not been charged with his murder.
As many as 11 sets of remains were found on or near Gilgo Beach, and while Heuermann has only been charged with three murders, the families of those found believe his killer may have been eventually caught as well.
Sherre Gilbert, the sister of Shannan Gilbert, whose decomposed remains were found in December 2011, said she was “overwhelmed” by the news.
“It has been a long time coming and I have never given up hope that justice will one day be served,” he said in a statement to NBC News.
“The suspect deserves to rot in prison for the rest of his life,” he continued.
“He destroyed many lives, so while it won’t bring our loved ones back, it does help one less monster off the streets and never be able to hurt anyone else.”
John Ray, a lawyer for the families of Shannan Gilbert and another victim, Jessica Taylor, said he hoped the arrest meant “the dam has broken.”
Although he said the arrest brings a “sigh of relief,” he said he believes Heuermann is not responsible for the 11 murders and that there is “undoubtedly” another suspect.
A map showing where the victims’ remains were located along the barren stretch of Ocean Beach Parkway in Gilgo Beach, located on the south shore of Long Island.
Heuermann was arrested after a decades-long search for the infamous Gilgo Beach serial killer. He has pleaded not guilty
Prosecutors allege that other evidence linking Heuermann to the murders include:
- His wife’s DNA was found on three of the victims’ bodies.
- One of his own hairs was found on the body of one of the victims.
- Calls made from a burner phone to the victims were traced back to his office.
- A call made to one of the victims’ sisters after their deaths was traced to her office.
- His Tinder profile with photos of him was linked to the burner’s phone number.
- Their personal phones were always ringing in the same areas as the suspects.
- His Chevrolet truck was a match to the suspect vehicle seen by a witness.
- Matches the physical description of ‘ogre’ as a man seen with a victim
- Heuermann conducted graphic searches for child pornography and sexual torture
- She also Googled updates on the case, searching for “why couldn’t law enforcement trace the calls made by the Long Island serial killer?”
The arrest came as investigators admitted they pounced on Heuermann out of fear he might kill again.
The suspected serial killer had been tracked since last year, and cops had planned to continue the operation to build their case.
However, they decided to step in and make the arrest in the interest of “public safety,” Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney told reporters.
Tierney cited a number of red flags, saying Heuermann “continued to patronize sex workers,” was using fake IDs and disposable phones, and had permits for a staggering 92 firearms.
“Which of course made us very nervous,” said Tierney, who has led a secret investigative task force focused on Heuermann since spring 2022.
Prosecutors say a large body of evidence connects him to the murders, including DNA recovered from a pizza crust Heuermann dropped that matched genetic material found on the women’s remains.
He has denied the crimes he faces and is due back in court on August 1.