- Heurmann’s wife and kids are set to make at least $1 million for a docuseries
- Asa Ellerup and her adult children are to take part in a Peacock/ NBC series
- They will be shadowed by film crews through Heuermann’s serial murder trial
The family of accused serial killer Rex Heuermann are set to receive upwards of $1 million for participating in an upcoming Peacock/ NBC documentary about their shattered life.
The estranged wife of the suspected Gilgo Beach Serial Killer, Asa Ellerup, and their two adult children, Victoria and Christopher, have reportedly sold their life rights to the streamer, after Heuermann’s alleged crimes have left them facing a ‘bleak existence.’
Sources told NewsNation that the trio are in the middle of filming the docuseries, where they will be shadowed through Heuermann’s upcoming trial for the murders of three sex workers.
‘They will be filmed throughout the trial and after the trial’s outcome,’ an insider said. ‘The family will tell their entire story and everything about their life (with Heuermann) exclusively to the (documentary filmmakers).’
Rex Heuermann’s estranged wife Asa Ellerup (left) and son Christopher (right) are set to take part in a Peacock/ NBC docuseries about the investigation into the suspected serial killer, where they will reportedly be paid at least $1 million
Victoria Heuermann seen clearing boxes from the family home in Massapequa, New York on November 10, 2023
Manhattan architect Rex Heurmann (seen in his July mugshot) has been charged with three murders and is the prime suspect in a fourth
Film crews have been seen trailing the family as they attended Heuermann’s arraignment hearing this week, with the accused killer remaining behind bars until his as-yet-unscheduled trial.
He will stand trial for the murders of Amber Lynn Costello, 27, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, and Megan Waterman, 22, whose remains were found on Gilgo Beach in Long Island, New York between 2010 and 2011.
He is also the prime suspect in the killing of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, with at least six other sets of remains found along the stretch of coastline over a decade ago.
Ellerup filed for divorce less than a week after Heuermann was arrested in July.
The family’s lawyers are also expected to take part in the series about the killings and the aftermath of Heuermann’s arrest, and will reportedly be paid handsomely for their time as well.
Robert Macedonio, Ellerup’s lawyer, is set to receive a $400,000 payday for his involvement, while Vess Mitev, who represents their Victoria and Christopher, is said to have netted a $200,000 deal.
Although the devastated family is reportedly taking home a hefty sum, they may see it as their best way to pay the bills after becoming ‘unhireable’ since Heuermann’s arrest in July.
Speaking to NewsNation’s Ashleigh Banfield, Mitev said the family’s ‘existence now is bleak and as hardscrabble as you can imagine.’
He dismissed any indication that the family are looking to capitalize on Heuermann’s alleged crimes for profit, adding: ‘There’s no Mercedes, there’s no luxury vehicles.
‘There’s no you know, European clothes. In fact, one of the things that they’re trying to get back (are) vintage jackets and clothes that they need for the winter. This is no joke this is, this is not hyperbole.’
Ellerup (right) filed for divorce from Heuermann less than a week after Heuermann’s arrest in July. She is seen with daughter Victoria in their attorney’s office on July 31
Film crews were spotted shadowing the family this week as Heuermann was in court for a pre-trial hearing
Those who knew Heuermann have given varying descriptions, with some seeing him as a successful but cumbersome Manhattan architect while others saw him as a creepy loner
Heuermann, who has lived for decades across a bay from where the remains were found, is charged with killing (L to R): Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello
In the weeks after her husband’s high-profile arrest, Ellerup was forced to rely on a GoFundMe set up by the daughter of the ‘Happy Face Killer’, Keith Jesperson, to pay her bills.
The fundraiser has so far raised $56,000, a small fraction of her alleged Peacock/ NBC payday.
Heuermann’s alleged victims’ families have also criticized the fundraiser, claiming they never saw similar support when they lost their loved ones.
The family’s dire straights has also seen Heuermann’s daughter Victoria, who worked at her father’s architecture firm, become unemployed, alongside the accused serial killer’s son Christopher.
Her involvement with Peacock/ NBC comes as Netflix has also reportedly ordered a three-part documentary on the Gilgo Beach murders to be created by Liz Garbus, the producer behind royal doc ‘Harry and Meghan’.
The Peacock/ NBC series is said to be planned to be held in production until Heuermann’s unscheduled trial is over.
Attorney John Ray, who represents families of two alleged victims, has claimed that Ellerup had knowledge of the killings – however police have not indicated any link and have not said she is under suspicion
Ellerup reportedly recently visited the Manhattan architect in jail for the first time, and has been seen attending court to ‘see for herself what is presented in court.’
In August, she was accused by attorney John Ray, who represents two of the Gilgo Beach murder victims, of being involved in the grisly killings.
Police have not indicated any link involving Ellerup or the couple’s children with the murders, however Ray claims to have witnesses who he says can confirm her presence when Heuermann would bring home sex workers.
He said that her alleged presence when he would do so suggests she may have had knowledge of the killings, a claim refused by Macedonio who said his client and her children are not under any suspicion by investigators.
Macedonio said Ellerup was not in the region at the time her husband was allegedly carrying out the killings, and says she is expecting to be battling breast and skin cancer for the next year while Heuermann’s case moves through the courts.
When Heuermann was arrested in July, forensics teams were seen combing through the family’s home and digging up the backyard.
Ellerup’s attorneys have since filed a notice of claim against the District Attorney’s office claiming they damaged the family’s property in their search.
Forensic investigators comb through Heuermann’s home on July 16, where they seized a number of items including firearms and a fridge
New York state police removed a massive haul of weapons from suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann’s Long Island home
Ellerup has filed a notice of claim against the AG’s office claiming her home was damaged in the search
Cops have released a laundry list of ‘red flags’ that they say led them to Heuermann as a suspect, with the first piece of evidence being a Chevrolet Avalanche owned by him that was linked to the murder of Costello by a witness.
According to documents filed in Suffolk County court, investigators were then able to link that car to Heuermann’s cellphone records, which tied him to locations related to the murders, which eventually led them to obtain a DNA sample.
Cops say that Heuermann used Melissa Barthelemy’s phone to make taunting phone calls to her family from the victim’s phone, calls that were made steps from his Manhattan office.
Following the identification of Heuermann as the owner of the Chevrolet, cops issued over 300 subpoenas, search warrants and other legal processes to obtain further evidence.
After the decade-long hunt for the killer seemingly ended this year, he remains a suspect in at least one more murder as authorities continue their investigations into him.