Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect's wife says children ‘cry themselves to sleep’

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Asa Ellerup, 59, said her two children are crying themselves to sleep after her estranged husband was arrested and their home raided (Image: MEGA)
Asa Ellerup, 59, said her two children are crying themselves to sleep after her estranged husband was arrested and their home raided (Image: MEGA)

The Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect's estranged wife has said her two children "cry themselves to sleep" following Rex Heuermann's shocking arrest, which left their Long Island home a wreck inside.

59-year-old Asa Ellerup said after investigators spent 12 days ripping apart her Massapequa Park home in their search for evidence that she has been left riddled with anxiety. Speaking to the New York Post she said the damage to her home is so bad, she doesn't even have a bed to sleep in.

Ms Ellerup said because of her "anxiety" she "woke up in the middle of the night, shivering". She is seeking a divorce from prominent architect Heuermann, 59, after he was arrested outside his Manhattan office on July 13.

"My children cry themselves to sleep," she said. "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."

Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect's wife says children ‘cry themselves to sleep’ rriddqixxiqezinvPolice spent 12 days searching their Massapequa Park home (AP)

She said her daughter, Victoria Heuermann, has expressed feeling "not human" in the wake of her father's arrest and the subsequent turmoil the family has faced. Ms Ellerup's lawyer, Bob Macedonio, further explained: "She meant what they've done to them and the family is not even human.

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"They were just complete animals. They treated them like animals."

Ms Ellerup said that, despite the unlivable conditions her house has been left in, "It's the only thing I got. 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 what really matters right now. That you and me are sitting here together and we will get through this'."

Ms Ellerup along with her son Christopher Sheridan, 33, who has developmental needs, and her 26-year-old daughter, Victoria Heuermann, were suddenly forced out of their home after Heuermann was arrested and charged on July 13 with the three cold-case killings.

Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect's wife says children ‘cry themselves to sleep’Asa Ellerup outside her home she shared with Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann (Zuma Press/PA Images)

Heuermann is facing thee counts of murder in connection with the deaths of three women whose bodies were discovered in December 2010, he is also the prime suspect in a fourth killing in the group of victims who became known as the 'Gilgo Four'. Heuermann has been charged with the murders of Ambler Lynn Costello, 27, from North Carolina, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, from New York state, and Megan Waterman, 22, from Maine. He is the prime suspect in the death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 24 from Connecticut.

The four women's bodies were discovered wrapped in burlap in the brush alongside Ocean Parkway, near Gilgo Beach in Long Island, in December 2010 during a search for 23-year-old Shannan Gilbert, who was last seen at the nearby gated Oak Beach community. Melissa's body was discovered first, on December 11, 2010, with Megan, Maureen and Amber all found just two days later on December 13. All four women had been strangled, according to medical examiners.

Mr Macedonio said Ms Ellerup was "blindsided" by her husband's arrest. He said: "She was in complete shock. Completely caught by surprise."

Police from Suffolk County and the state spent almost two weeks combing through the ranch-style home in Massepequa Park, even digging up the back garden with reports of a secret soundproof room in the basement, looking for body parts of "trophies" from the brutal murders.

Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect's wife says children ‘cry themselves to sleep’Rex Heuermann, 59, was arrested outside his Manhattan office on July 13 (Getty Images)

Last week, police packed up and left, allowing Ms Ellerup and her children to return to their home for the first time. Pictures from inside the home show the extent of the search, with boxes strewn about and piled up, a piece of the bathtub cut out and a chunk of the floor tile missing.

"[The police] walked up, they went into the vehicles, and out the door they went," said Ms Ellerup. "Out. They left. And when I got into the house I might have had a few steps of walking space between my front door and the kitchen.

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"I had three cats. Litter boxes were a strew, thrown on top of everything. My pictures were thrown all over the place. My couch was completely shredded. I don't even know if there's any parts to the couch."

She continued: "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.

Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect's wife says children ‘cry themselves to sleep’Ms Ellerup said police trashed her home (AP)

"My backyard, I can't even explain it. I had a greenhouse and I like planing seeds and my greenhouse, 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".

Mr Macedonio even claimed police had changed the locks on the house, forcing the family to get new keys. Ms Ellerup said investigators even trounced on Victoria's Dungeons & Dragons Magic cards, some of which are valuable, and broke her son's guitar.

According to Mr Macedonio, the family is still trying to take stock of the damage to their home. He said: "WE just got back from the residence. We're making an itemised list of all things.

"Since she just returned home we don't know the extent of the damage or what's missing. We'll be in touch with the DA's office."

Heuermann is due back in court on Tuesday, August 1, for what's expected to be a brief hearing. He pleaded not guilty on July 14, with authorities saying he has yet to receive a single visit in jail from his family.

Fiona Leishman

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