Your Content obtained a hunting permit issued to suspected serial killer Rex Heuermann by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, and experts tell Your Content Heuermann’s Alaskan expeditions raise red flags.
Heuermann had been under intense scrutiny for approximately a year prior to his arrest outside his Midtown Manhattan office. Authorities decided to move in ahead of schedule due to growing apprehension about his potential to harm again.
In a conversation with Your Content, Karen Conti, a prominent attorney based in Chicago, provided her expert perspective on the possible actions and strategies often employed by serial killers.
“Serial killers conduct their killings in a comfort zone usually tied to a home anchor.” Conti told Your Content. “Heuermann had a timeshare in Las Vegas and planned to retire in South Carolina where his brother lived.”
Conti was referring to Craig Heuermann, the younger sibling of Rex, is a felon known for his involvement in the tragic death of a police captain under the influence of cocaine in 1988. As reported by Fox News Digital, the 57-year-old currently resides in Chester, South Carolina. According to a local resident, Craig Heuermann often mentioned that his brother is on the verge of retiring.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game told Your Content that Heuermann obtained a hunting permit on September 7, 2012, and renewed it sometime thereafter. The license was registered to his Massapequa Park home in New York.
Conti says it’s unlikely Heuermann drove to Alaska—likely flying instead as he never suspected getting caught for the heinous murders.
“I don’t think Heuermann would have driven to Alaska.” Conti continued. “He would not have thought he was going to ever be apprehended. If he wasn’t caught at his home base, he was probably more confident of his ability to avoid detection elsewhere.”
Conti, who represented notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy in his death row appeals, says areas Heuermann frequented could’ve evolved into ‘anchors’ for new ‘comfort zones.’
“Those places could have become anchors for him.” Conti said.
“Sometimes serial killers do kill outside their comfort zones if their confidence increases or to avoid detection near the place of their initial killings.”
“I truly believe investigators are actively looking at similar crimes in areas Heuermann frequented to try to determine if he committed other murders.”
John Wayne Gacy, an infamous American murderer and sexual offender, was responsible for the brutal rape, torture, and murder of a minimum of 33 young males in Norwood Park Township, in the vicinity of Chicago, Illinois. His eerie alias, the Killer Clown, was derived from his earlier public engagements as a clown performer, before the unveiling of his heinous acts.
Conti reveals she had beliefs that her client, Gary, traveled to remote areas of the country under the guise of working on ‘construction’ projects.
“John Gacy traveled to remote areas of the country supposedly to do construction work.
“I have always suspected he committed additional murders in those locations. However, there was no national database at the time to analyze this possibility.” Conti concluded.
Dr. Scott Bonn, who accurately forecasted twelve years ago that the serial killer terrorizing Gilgo Beach was probably an educated, professional Caucasian male with a family residing on the South Shore of Long Island, shared with Your Content that Heuermann might possibly have journeyed extensively. However, such behavior would set him apart from the typical patterns observed in most serial killers.
“There have been serial killers who traveled extensively—Israel Keyes—Ted Bundy. But most serial killers, even prolific serial killers, operate in a local comfort zone,” Dr. Scott Bonn told Your Content.
“But to the extent that he’s traveling far and wide—it’s possible, but it would make him quite atypical among serial killers.
Dr. Bonn, who has delved deep into the psyche of the world’s most notorious serial killers and shared his intriguing findings in his acclaimed book, posits that Heuermann could represent an unusual deviation from the norm in the realm of serial killers, a phenomenon that is seldom observed.
“They want to be the master of their domain which is why it’s usually not far from home.” Dr. Bonn concluded.
“The Alaska Department of Public Safety does not confirm the existence of our active law enforcement investigations until they are closed by investigation, indictment, or arrest.” Alaska State Troopers Communications Director Austin McDaniel told Your Content.
“Nothing would surprise me.” Connecticut-based criminal defense attorney Norm Pattis told Your Content. “The motives and means of alleged serial killers are endlessly fascinating.”
Authorities are meticulously examining evidence collected during the search of two storage units in Amityville, near Massapequa Park, an area where Heuermann has spent his entire life. His residence, which he has occupied since the 1980s, is also under forensic scrutiny, as investigators systematically removed items since his arrest.
The series of murders on the South Shore of Long Island sparked concerns of a serial killer in 2010 when the first body was found. Over the course of a year, the remains of seven more women, a man, and a toddler were discovered in the same general area. The varying conditions of the victims and the history of the wooded areas along Ocean Parkway suggested the possibility of multiple killers.
Additional Reporting By: Nik Hatziefstathiou