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How Cops Used a PIZZA CRUST to Catch Rex Heuermann

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 | By Richard Ahern The mystery surrounding the infamous Gilgo Beach serial killings took an unexpected twist when a discarded pizza box became a critical piece of evidence.

A man named Rex Heuermann, an architect working in Manhattan, tossed the box containing a leftover crust into a trash can. This simple act may have linked him to a series of horrific crimes.

Unknown to Heuermann, he was under surveillance by law enforcement. Court documents revealed that officers swiftly collected the discarded pizza box for forensic analysis.

The analysis led to a significant discovery. According to prosecutors, the mitochondrial DNA from the crust matched a profile from a male hair found on a burlap bag. This wasn’t just any bag — it was one associated with the body of Megan Waterman, one of the victims in the Gilgo Beach killings.

Subsequently, Rex Heuermann became the prime suspect and was charged with six counts of murder related to the killings.

Heuermann, a resident of Massapequa, now stands accused of being the perpetrator behind the Gilgo Beach serial killer’s heinous acts. The victims were sex workers whose bodies were dumped along remote Long Island beaches.

In a recent court appearance, the 59-year-old pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder. These charges pertain to the deaths of Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy, and Amber Costello.

One more name lingers — Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Although Heuermann is a prime suspect in her death, charges related to Brainard-Barnes’ case are yet to be filed.

The investigation involved more than just pizza crusts — over 300 subpoenas and search warrants were issued, along with rigorous cell phone data analysis. These methods collectively led to Heuermann’s charges and brought us closer to possibly solving a decade-long mystery.

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