Rex Heuermann's ex says their two children 'cry themselves to sleep'

Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann’s estranged wife says her two children ‘cry themselves to sleep’ after his arrest – and reveals their Long Island home has been left a wreck by cops’ 12-day search

  • Asa Ellerup, 59, was married to Rex Heuermann for over 20 years and they have two children: a daughter, Victoria, 26, and special needs son Christopher, 33
  • On Monday Ellerup told The New York Post their children were crying themselves to sleep after his July 13 arrest for the murder of three sex workers
  • Ellerup said investigators had turned their home upside down during their 12-day search of the property, but she had nowhere else to live 

Accused serial killer Rex Heuermann’s two children ‘cry themselves to sleep’, their mother has said – describing their horror at his alleged deeds and their shock at finding their home turned upside down by investigators.

Asa Ellerup, 59, filed for divorce from Heuermann on July 19 – less than a week after his arrest.

Heuermann was arrested on July 13 and charged with the murder of three sex workers whose bodies were found on a Long Island beach in 2010.

Ellerup was away from home when the women are believed to have been killed.

The couple have two children – a daughter Victoria Heuermann, 26, who worked at her father’s Manhattan architecture firm, and a son Christopher Sheridan, 33, who has special needs.

Ellerup on Monday said they had all been left traumatized by the events of the past few weeks, and stunned by the state of their house after police spent 12 days searching for evidence.

Asa Ellerup, 59, said on Monday that the family had been left in shock by her estranged husband Rex Heuermann’s arrest on July 13

Ellerup is seen with her son Christopher Sheridan. She said the 33-year-old, who has special needs, was ‘so distraught and doesn’t understand’

Victoria Heuermann, 26, worked at her father’s architectural firm

Ellerup and the two adult children have moved back into the Massapequa, Long Island, home

She said that after her home was turned upside down and taken apart, she does not have a bed to sleep in.

‘I woke up in the middle of the night, shivering,’ she told The New York Post.


‘My children cry themselves to sleep. I mean, they’re not children. They’re grown adults but they’re my children, and my son has developmental disabilities and he cried himself to sleep.’

Victoria Heuermann told relatives she was feeling ‘not human’.

Ellerup’s lawyer, Bob Macedonio, explained: ‘She meant what they’ve done to them and the family is not even human. They were just complete animals. They treated them like animals.’

Heuermann, 59, was arrested on July 13 and charged with the murder of three women, found in 2010 at a beach near his home

The home of Rex Heuermann was first searched by police after his arrest on July 13

Police remained on the scene for 12 days

New York State Police officers are seen carrying a vast array of evidence out of Rex Heuermann’s home in Massapequa Park, NY, on July 17

Ellerup said she was shocked at the state of her house after the police left.

‘I had three cats. Litter boxes were a strew, thrown on top of everything. My pictures were thrown all over the place,’ she said.

‘My couch was completely shredded. I don’t even know if there’s any parts to the couch.

‘There was a Pelican case in my house which had clothes in it, and inside of a Pelican case they have foam. I was able to take two pieces of foam and put it together so I could lay down.

‘My backyard, I can’t even explain it.

‘I had a greenhouse and I like planting seeds and my greenhouse, they it, they lifted it up. They stuck it, it’s high. You know, they threw it on top of a whole bunch of stuff. It’s a $3,000 greenhouse.’

She said her son’s guitar was broken, and her daughter’s Dungeon and Dragons cards taken.

The locks were changed, so the family needed to get new keys.

They are now making a list of the damage, and speaking to the district attorney’s office.

The suspect’s house sits directly north of Gilgo Beach across the South Oyster Bay  

An aerial view of the area near Gilgo Beach and Ocean Parkway on Long Island

The first victim, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, was discovered by Suffolk County Police on December 11, 2010. The body of Megan Waterman, 22, was found two days later

Maureen Brainard-Barnes was 25 years old when she went missing (left). Amber Lynn Costello was 27 years old. Their bodies were found near Barthelemy’s the same day

Ellerup, who was married to Heuermann for over 20 years, said that she had no choice but to live in the house.

‘It’s the only thing I got,’ she told the paper.

‘We did get another chair out from the basement and upstairs so me and my son can sit and talk. He’s so distraught and doesn’t understand, and as a mother, I have no answers for him.

‘But I said, ‘We’re together. ‘That’s really what matters right now. That you and me are sitting here together and we will get through this.”

Macedonio said Ellerup was ‘blindsided’ by her husband’s arrest.

‘She was in complete shock. Completely caught by surprise,’ the lawyer said.

Heuermann is due back in court on Tuesday for a brief hearing.

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