Gilgo Beach & Freeway Killer Have Eerily Similar Personalities: Ability to ‘Compartmentalize Lives’ is Serial Killer Hallmark
July 19, 2023
Hollywood, CA—Headlines are filled with news about the Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann, who was arrested and charged last week for the murders of three women. A resident of Massapequa Park, Long Island, not far from where the remains of 11 bodies were found at Gilgo Beach, he will probably be charged for a fourth murder as investigations continue. A 2010 cold case that was revisited by a dedicated task force, it turned out a 2011 law enforcement “possible suspect” profile hit the mark in many ways.
Vonda Pelto, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and co-author of Without Redemption, a historical biography of Freeway Killer Bill Bonin, was struck by how some of Rex Heuermann’s personality traits matched up to Bonin, and other serial killers she dealt with. Pelto, who had many sessions with Bonin at LA Men’s Central Jail, was not surprised by Heuermann’s ability to “hide in plain sight” for over a decade.
“Like Bonin, and other serial killers, he was able mask his true personality, keeping it in a walled off space in his mind. After committing horrible crimes, they can still be all things to all people, Bill Bonin was a master at being this type of chameleon,” Pelto commented. “Heuermann did the same thing, he used his veneer of success and intensity, combined with being a physically intimidating, to keep people at arm’s length and seal up his secrets.”
While Bonin’s reign of terror was short compared with that of Heuermann, they both preyed on a vulnerable set of people who might not be missed: sex workers. For Bonin it was hustlers on the streets of Hollywood, for Heuermann the shady world of on call female escorts in New York.
During the Bonin murder sequences in Without Remorse: Creation & Deeds of Freeway Killer Bill Bonin, His Five Accomplices & How One Who Escaped Justice, his absolute and total contempt for hustlers was on full display. Pelto, who dealt with over a dozen of the worst serial killers in history, is sure that Heuermann feels the same about the women he murdered, not viewing them as worthy of the time of day let alone being allowed to live!
More news of Heuermann is going to flow out as friends, neighbors, associates and maybe family members talk about their dealings with him.
Without Redemption is currently a best seller on Amazon in three True Crime categories: Forensics Biographies & Memoirs, Biographies of Serial Killers and Biographies & Memoirs of Criminals. It has sold copies throughout Europe and in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and all over the United States.