The family of suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer is getting $1 million from the documentary deal, report says
the Gilgo Beach serial murderReports say the suspect’s family is set to make more than $1 million from a documentary in the works.
He has also been named the prime suspect killing Maureen Brainard Barnes – who was last seen alive in early June 2007 in New York City.
The documentary is being worked on on Peacock, a streaming network owned by NBCUniversal. According to NewsNation.
Mr. Heuerman’s estranged wife, Asa Ellerup, and their two adult children, Victoria and Christopher, have reportedly sold their life rights to the documentary.
His lawyers are also reportedly receiving money to participate in the documentary.
The four victims, known together as the “Gelgo Four”, all worked as sex workers and disappeared after going to meet a client.
Their bodies were found in December 2010 a quarter of a mile apart, bound with belts or duct tape and some wrapped in burlap – all dumped along Gilgo Beach.
In all, the remains of 11 victims were found along Long Island’s beaches in 2010 and 2011, raising fears that one or more serial killers were present.
The case began in May 2010 when Shannan Gilbert, a young woman sex worker, disappeared after leaving a client’s home on foot near Gilgo Beach. She called 911 for help, saying she feared for her life and was never seen alive again.
While searching for Gilbert in a dense forest near the beach, police found human remains. Within days, four victims were found.
By the spring of 2011, the number of victims had risen to 10.
Gilbert’s body was subsequently found in December 2011. Her cause of death has been widely disputed with authorities long claiming that it was not linked to the serial killer or killers, but that she died of accidental drowning while fleeing a client’s home.
However, an independent autopsy commissioned by her family concluded that she died of strangulation and her family still believes she was murdered.
No charges have been filed in relation to the other victims who were also found along the beaches.
Court records show Mr. Heuerman was linked to the “Gilgo Four” murders through information about his pickup truck, a stash of cellphones, “sadistic” Internet searches and phone calls taunting the victims’ families.
His DNA was also found on one of the victims, while his wife’s hair was found on three of the four women linked to him, according to prosecutors.
Investigators continue to work to determine whether Mr. Heuerman is also linked to any of the other victims – while law enforcement officials across the country investigate the cold case murders for any possible connections.
The Independent I have reached out to Peacock for comment.