Rex Heuermann , The Suspect in Gilgo Beach Killing

Mr.Heuerman, who was arrested Thursday night in Midtown, was arrested Friday on three counts of first-degree murder and ordered held without bail after making a brief appearance in Suffolk County Court. His lawyer said outside court that Mr. Heuerman denied the murders.

If Mr. Heuerman is convicted of these crimes, he would join the list of serial killers who live twice as long, another extremely easy one. John Wayne Gacy was an architect in Illinois. Richard Cottingham, aka the Torso Killer, was a computer technician for a New Jersey insurance company.
In a video interview conducted in his relatively unremarkable office on Fifth Avenue, posted on YouTube last year, Mr. Heuerman — tall and heavy, with 1970s-style hair in a toupee and wearing a blue shirt with a pen in his pocket — comes across as a recognizable character: scrappy, street smart Nu Yawkar, I-got guy.

“I get phone calls when what should have been routine activity suddenly isn’t routine,” he tells interviewer Antony Amira.

According to his resume and the website of his firm RH Consultants & Associates, Mr. Heuerman’s clients included American Airlines, Catholic Charities and the city’s own Department of Environmental Protection He repeatedly represented his clients on the Landmarks Preservation Commission of the city and said hundreds of successful applications were credited to city agencies.

Brooklyn real estate manager Steve Kramberg, who worked with Heuerman for nearly 30 years, called him “a jewel to be handled, very knowledgeable.” Mr. Heuermann was a “very goofy guy, a little on the nerdy side” who worked long hours and was available day and night, Mr. Kramberg said. But he was also a devotee.


A yearbook photo of Mr. Heuermann from Berner High School in Massapequa.