Asa Ellerup, the wife of Long Island Serial Killer suspect Rex Heuermann, is set to feature in a multi-part documentary series produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s G-Unit Film & Television, Texas Crew Productions, and New York Post, as confirmed by a Peacock spokesperson.
The documentary series will follow Ellerup through Heuermann’s impending trial, a move that has stirred controversy and upset some families connected to the infamous Long Island Serial Killer case. Shannan Gilbert’s sister, Sherre, expressed disappointment and frustration, criticizing the media for buying stories that re-victimize and exploit the families and victims of serial killers.
Shannan Gilbert, a se*x worker, disappeared in 2010, leading to the discovery of Heuermann’s suspected victims: Amber Costello, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Megan Barthelemy, and Megan Waterman. While Gilbert’s death was deemed an accident, Heuermann faces charges in connection with the other victims.
A Peacock spokesperson clarified that Ellerup was not paid for her participation but received a licensing fee for the use of her archival materials. Importantly, she has no creative control over the project, and the money she receives cannot go to Heuermann or be used for his defense.
Attorney John Ray, representing the family of Shannan Gilbert, criticized Ellerup’s involvement as “reckless beyond words.” Ellerup’s attorney, Bob Macedonio, stated that she is trying to adjust to her “new normal” since Heuermann’s arrest in July. Macedonio emphasized Ellerup’s effort to rebuild her life and provide stability for her children.
Rex Heuermann, an architect and married father of two, faces charges in the deaths of Barthelemy, Waterman, and Costello. He is also a prime suspect in the death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes. The victims, all online escorts, went missing between 2007 and 2010, with their bodies discovered along Ocean Parkway in Long Island in December 2010.
Heuermann was allegedly linked to the killings through burner phones, a piece of his hair found at a crime scene, and a Chevrolet Avalanche registered to him seen at the time of one victim’s disappearance. Authorities revealed his alleged obsession with the case, including searching for articles about the task force investigating the murders.