A former Long Island bodyguard who used to date accused Gilgo Beach killer Rex Heuermann said he “enjoyed” talking about his victims.
In an interview with the New York Daily NewsNicole Brass, 34, said about a decade ago, when she was “dating” Heuermann, he would discuss the relatively recent, unsolved murders.
“He asked me if I’m a real crime fan… We talked briefly about other serial killers, then he said, ‘Have you heard of the Gilgo Beach murders? That’s when it got really weird.”
heuerman he then attempted to lure the escort, who at the time was on the brink of an opiate addiction, back into a private relationship.
heuerman he was arrested last week and charged with the murders of three of the eleven eleven victims who were found along a desolate stretch of land near Gilgo Beach on Long Island.
Suffolk County prosecutors say they hope to charge him in connection with at least one of the other murders. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Former escort Nicole Brass, 34, discussed her date with Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann, who excitedly recalled telling him details about the mysterious murders in 2015.
Heuermann, 59, is accused of killing three of the 11 Gilgo Beach victims. He is currently being held in the Suffolk County Jail without bond.
She said she met Heuermann through a website similar to BackPage, an escort site. He wanted to meet her in a hotel room near Massapequa Park.
“At the time, I was in my early 20s and an addict and I wasn’t really thinking about safety. He was thinking of getting money. So he would go on dates with rich guys and ask them to pay me for my time.’
Brass said that a gathering of just the two of them didn’t sit well with him, so he asked to go to dinner instead.
He said he would get a room. I didn’t feel comfortable not meeting in public or in an area I wasn’t familiar with, so I convinced him to meet me in Port Jeff,” she said.
They met at Steamroom, a seafood restaurant in Port Jefferson, where they chatted across the table.
“At first, he seemed totally normal. She was talking about her work and seemed very normal, until she brought up the Gilgo Beach murders,” she said.
‘He brought [the Gilgo Beach murders] get up on your own.
She said the accused killer became more animated when talking about the mysterious murders, bringing up several details that Brass, who had been following the cases, had not heard.
He was following the case and he mentioned one of the girls he hadn’t heard of yet. It seemed like she was talking about it from experience, not from a point of view,” she said.
Suffolk County Police and police recruiters search an area of the beach near where human remains were found more than a decade ago.
A general view of Gilgo Beach on July 18, 2023 in Babylon, New York
An aerial shot of Heuermann’s Massapequa home, where box trucks and investigators have been stationed in recent days while evidence is collected.
Brass spoke about being incredibly disturbed by the conversation she had with Heuermann in 2015. “He didn’t seem like someone who felt bad when he talked about the victims. He seemed like someone who really wanted to brag about what he did, but couldn’t,” she said.
He added that the Manhattan architect seemed to lack empathy for dead women and was almost elated by their deaths.
“He didn’t seem like someone who felt bad when he talked about the victims. He seemed like someone who really wanted to brag about what he did, but he couldn’t,” Brass said.
“When he spoke, something in his body language changed, the look in his eyes changed, and it seemed like talking about the victims was nice to him.
“When he talked about it, it was almost like he was picturing it in his head and going into what he was saying.”
The former escort said she found the experience extremely unsettling and moved to finish dinner as quickly as possible.
“The way he talked about it was really weird, and it gave me the worst feeling. He was so scared at the end. I didn’t try to keep the dinner going long after that,” he recalled.
After the meal, Heuermann tried to convince Brass to leave his car in the parking lot and meet him at the room he had reserved. She said that he was upset when she refused.
‘He was like, leave your car; come in mine He was very convinced that he left my car. Looking back, he didn’t want to have to kill somebody and get rid of his car,” he said.
An inlet to Gilgo Beach captured on July 18, 2023. Nearby, Rex Heuermann allegedly buried close to a dozen victims over the years.
Crime scene investigators continue to work nearly 24 hours at Heuermann’s Long Island home.
New York State Police soldiers stand guard as law enforcement officers search Heuermann’s home
Several years later, Brass told a friend of her fiancé’s about the unpleasant encounter.
The friend, Francis Donoghue, confirmed Brass’s story to the Daily News, saying Heuermann’s arrest last week was “quite shocking.”
“To have it verified that way, it’s actually quite an amazing thing.”
Brass said he never contacted authorities about his suspicions about Heuermann because he was on probation at the time for a felony drug offense.
‘I’m a criminal and I had a record and I didn’t want to get involved with the police. I think he went after girls who were addicted or had a history, or anyone less likely to talk to the police.
‘When I saw that he was arrested, I was almost relieved, but I also thought: holy shit, he was right,” she said. “Maybe I should have talked to the police, but I knew they wouldn’t listen to me.”