Gilgo Beach serial killer to be charged with murder of 4th woman

 January 15, 2024

Suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann will appear in court next week to face charges in the murder of a fourth woman after her remains were found in a marsh.

Heuermann has already been charged with the killing of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in burlap at Gilgo Beach. Prosecutors long held him as the prime suspect in the murder of the fourth victim, and now he will officially be charged.

So far, he has pleaded not guilty to the murders of Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy, and Amber Costello.

He will likely also plead not guilty to the murder of the fourth victim, Maureen Brainard-Barnes.

However, this is far from the end of the Gilgo Beach murder saga. There are still six other victims who prosecutors suspect were killed by Heuermann, but they have yet to connect him directly to their deaths.

He will appear on Tuesday, when a grand jury is expected to return an indictment charging him with the murder of Brainard-Barnes. Should he be proven guilty, Heuermann will likely never spend another day as a free man.