The crimes, which became known as the Houston Mass Murderscame to forex after Henley fatally shot Corll. Corll was also known as the Candy Man and the Pied Piperbecause he and his family had owned and operated a candy factory in Houston Heightsand he had been known to give free candy to local children.
At the time of their discovery, the Houston Mass Murders were considered the worst example of serial murder in American history. Their marriage was marred by frequent quarreling, and the couple divorced infour years after the birth of their younger son, Stanley. Corll was a shy, serious child who seldom socialized with other children, but who at the same time displayed concern for the well-being of others. As a result of this diagnosis, Corll was ordered to avoid P.
Their divorce was decreed on amicable grounds and both boys maintained regular contact with their father. From the earliest days of the family candy business, Corll was working day and night while still attending school. This route often involved West traveling to Houston, where much of the product was sold. From toCorll attended Vidor High Schoolwhere he was regarded as a well-behaved student who achieved satisfactory grades.
As had been the case in his childhood, Corll was also considered somewhat of a loner, although he is known to have occasionally dated girls in his teenage years.
Inat the request of his mother, Corll moved to Indiana to live with his widowed grandmother. He later moved into an apartment of his own above the shop. Dean was appointed as vice-president of the new family firm. The company also employed a small work force, and he was seen to behave flirtatiously towards several teenage male employees. His father lived in Houston and his mother had relocated to Beaumonta city 85 miles km east of Houston.
Inwhen he was 15, Brooks dropped out of high school and moved to Beaumont to live with his mother. Whenever he visited his father in Killer, he also visited Corll, who allowed him to stay at his apartment if he wished to. Between andCorll is known to have killed a minimum of 28 victims.
All of his victims were males aged 13 to 20, the majority of whom were in their mid-teens. Most victims were abducted from Houston Heightswhich was then a low-income neighborhood northwest of downtown Houston. With most abductions, he was assisted by one or both of his teenaged accomplices: Elmer Wayne Henley, and David Owen Brooks.
Once manacled, the victims would be sexually assaulted, beaten, tortured and—sometimes after several days—killed by strangulation or shooting with a caliber pistol. David Brooks led police to the body of Jeffrey Konen on August 10, The body was buried at High Island Beach.
Forensic scientists subsequently deduced that the youth had died of asphyxiation caused by manual strangulation and a cloth gag that had been placed in his mouth. Between March and MayCorll abducted and killed three further victims; all of whom lived in Houston Heights and all of whom were buried towards the rear of the rented boat shed. In each of these abductions, Brooks is known to have been a participant.
On August 17,Corll and Brooks encountered a 17-year-old acquaintance of Brooks named Ruben Watson Haney walking home from a movie theater in Houston. Brooks persuaded Haney to attend a party at an address Corll had moved to on San Felipe Street the previous month. In SeptemberCorll moved to another apartment in the Heights Columbia St. David Brooks later stated he had assisted Corll in the abduction and murder of two youths during the time Corll resided at this address, including one youth who was killed "just before Wayne Henley came into the picture.
The identity of both of these two victims remains unknown. According to Henley, the first abduction he participated in occurred during the time Corll resided at Schuler Street; an address Corll moved to in February David Brooks later claimed that Henley became involved in the abductions of the victims while Corll 2015 at the address he had occupied immediately prior to Schuler Street.
In a interview, he claimed to have attempted to persuade Corll not to assault and kill Aguirre once Corll and Brooks had bound and gagged the youth.
However, Corll refused; informing Henley that he had raped, tortured and killed the forex victim he had assisted in abducting, and that he intended to do the same with Aguirre.
Despite the revelations that Corll was, in reality, killing the boys whom he and Brooks had assisted in abducting, Henley nonetheless became an active participant in the abductions and murders. Within one month, on April 20,he assisted Corll and Brooks in the abduction of another youth; a 17-year-old friend of his named Mark Scott. Scott was grabbed by force and fought furiously against attempts by Corll to secure him to the torture board, even attempting to stab his attackers with a knife.
However, Scott saw Henley pointing a pistol toward him and, according to Brooks, Mark "just gave up. According to Brooks, Henley was "especially sadistic" in his participation in the murders committed at Schuler Street. Before Corll vacated the address on June 26, Henley assisted Corll and Brooks in the abduction and murder of a further two youths named Billy Baulch and Johnny Delome.
Both youths were buried at High Island Beach. During the time Corll resided at Schuler Street, the trio lured a 19-year-old named Billy Ridinger to the house.
Ridinger was tied to the plywood board, tortured and abused by Corll. Brooks later claimed he persuaded Corll to allow Ridinger to be released, and the youth was allowed to leave the residence. On another occasion during the time Corll resided at Schuler Street, Henley knocked Brooks unconscious as he entered the house.
Corll then tied Brooks to his bed and assaulted the youth repeatedly before releasing him. After vacating the Schuler residence, Corll moved to an apartment at Westcott Towers, where, in the summer ofhe is known to have killed a further two victims.
Bunton was shot twice in the head and was also buried in the boat shed. Neither youth was named by either Brooks or Henley as being a victim of Corll, and both youths were only identified as victims in Less than two months after the murder of Roy Bunton, on October 2,Henley and Brooks encountered two Heights youths named Wally Jay Simoneaux and Richard Hembree. The following morning, Hembree was accidentally shot in the mouth by Henley.
The following month, a 19-year-old Heights youth named Richard Kepner disappeared on his way to a phone booth. Kepner was strangled and buried at High Island Beach. Within two weeks of moving into this address, he had killed a 17-year-old named Joseph Lyles.
Lyles was known to both Corll and Brooks. These facts may account for this sudden lull in killings. Henley later compared the acceleration in the frequency of killings and the increase in the brutality exhibited by Corll towards his victims to being "like a blood lust", adding that he and Brooks would instinctively know when Corll was to announce that he "needed to do a new boy", due to the fact that he would appear restless, smoking cigarettes and making reflex movements.
Less than two weeks later, a 20-year-old named Raymond Blackburn was abducted, strangled and buried at Lake Sam Rayburn. On August 3,Corll killed his last victim, a 13-year-old boy from South Houston named James Dreymala. David Brooks later described Dreymala as a "small, blond boy" for whom he had bought a pizza and in whose company he had spent 45 minutes before the youth was attacked.
David Brooks was not present at the time. Henley exited the vehicle and walked towards the home of 15-year-old Rhonda Williams, a friend of his, who had been beaten by her drunken father that evening, and who had decided to temporarily leave home until her father became sober. At approximately 3 a. After approximately two hours, Henley, Kerley, and Williams each passed out.
Henley awoke to find himself lying upon his stomach and Corll snapping handcuffs onto his wrists. Kerley had also been stripped naked. Corll agreed and untied Henley, then carried Kerley and Williams into his bedroom and tied them to opposite sides of his torture board: Kerley on his stomach; Williams on her back. Both Kerley and Williams had awakened by this point. Kerley began writhing and shouting as Williams, whose gag Henley had removed, lifted her head and asked Henley, "Is this for real?
Henley fired three additional bullets into his lower back and shoulder as Corll slid down the wall in the hallway outside the room where the two other teenagers were bound. Corll died where he fell, his naked body lying face towards the wall. Henley suggested to Kerley and Williams that they should simply leave, to which Kerley replied, "No, we should call the police. I just killed a man! The three teenagers were sitting on the porch outside the house, and the officer noted the caliber pistol on the driveway near the trio.
Henley told the officer that he was the individual who had made the call and indicated that the body of Dean Corll was inside the house. The officer returned to the car and read Henley his Miranda rights. I have to get it off my chest! Henley recounted the events of the previous evening and that morning; explaining that he had shot Corll in self-defense.
Henley gave a verbal statement stating he had initially believed the boys he had abducted were to be 2015 into a Dallas-based organization for "homosexual acts, sodomymaybe later killing", but soon learned Corll was himself actively killing the victims procured. Henley admitted he had assisted Corll in several abductions and murders, and that he had actively participated in the torture and mutilation of "six or eight" victims prior to their murder.
Henley was quite insistent, however, and upon his recalling the names of three boys—Cobble, Hilligiest and Jones—whom he stated he and David Brooks had procured for Corll, the police accepted that there was something to his claims, as all three teenagers were listed as missing at Houston Police headquarters.
David Hilligiest had been reported missing in the summer of ; the other two boys had been missing for just two weeks. Moreover, the floor of the room where the three teenagers had been tied was covered in thick plastic sheeting. Police also found a plywood torture board measuring 8 by 3 feet by m with handcuffs in each corner. The rear windows of the van were sealed by opaque blue curtains.
The pegboard walls inside the rear of the van were rigged with several rings and hooks. Inside this crate were several strands of human hair. Police began digging through the soft, shell-crushed earth of the boat shed and soon uncovered the body of a young blond-haired teenaged boy, lying on his side, encased in clear plastic and buried beneath a layer of lime. Police continued excavating through the earth of the shed, unearthing the remains of more victims in varying stages of decomposition.
All of the victims found had been sodomized and most victims found bore evidence of sexual torture: pubic hairs had been plucked out, genitals had been chewed, objects had been inserted into their rectumsand glass rods had been shoved into their urethrae and smashed. The 13th and 14th bodies unearthed bore identification cards naming the victims as Donald and Jerry Waldrop.
As with the two bodies found the previous day, both victims had been tortured and severely beaten, particularly around the head. On August 13,both Henley and Brooks again accompanied the police to High Island Beach, where four more bodies were found, making a total of twenty-seven known victims — the worst killing spree in American history at the time.
The macabre record of number of known victims attributed to a single murder case set 2015 the Houston Mass Murders was only surpassed in by John Wayne Gacywho murdered 33 boys and young men and who admitted to being influenced by Corll and his accomplices. Everett Waldrop, the father of Donald and Jerry Waldrop, complained that shortly after his sons had disappeared inhe had informed police an acquaintance had observed Corll burying what appeared to be bodies at his boat shed.
In response, the police performed a perfunctory search around the shed, before dismissing the reports as a hoax. You know your boys are runaways. After listening to over 6 hours of testimony from various people, on August 14, the jury initially indicted Henley on three murder charges and Brooks on one count.
By the time the Grand Jury had completed its investigation, Henley had been indicted for six murders, and Brooks for four. Henley was not charged with the death of Dean Corll, which was ruled self-defense.
The youths were then forced by Corll to fight each other with the promise that the youth who beat the other to death would be allowed to live. After several hours of each youth beating the other, Jones was tied to a board and forced to watch Charles Cobble again be assaulted, tortured and shot to death before he himself was again raped, tortured and strangled with a venetian blind cord. His defense attorney, Will Gray, cross-examined several witnesses but did not call any witnesses or experts for the defense.
However, Judge Noah Kennedy ruled the written statements given by Henley on August 9, as admissible evidence. The defense also contended the evidence provided by the State "belonged to Dean Corll, not Elmer Wayne Henley.
He tells you he was a cheerleader if nothing else. You know he was in on it. The jury deliberated for just 90 minutes before they reached a verdict. He showed no emotion as the sentence was passed, although his wife burst into tears. As Corll had been killed immediately prior to his murders being discovered, the true number of victims he had claimed will never be known. All of these victims had been killed by either shooting, strangulation or a combination of both. In JuneDr. The two bodies that Henley had insisted were still buried on the beach may have been those of Mark Scott and Joseph Lyles.
In light of developments relating to the identifications of victims, the body of Mark Scott still lies undiscovered at High Island and the victim Joseph Lyles was only found by chance in Had the search for bodies continued, the two victims would have likely been discovered. You get close to evil like that, no matter how long ago it was, and it never leaves you. Corll stated he was burying spoiled candy to avoid contamination by insects.
He subsequently cemented over the floor. He was also observed digging in waste ground that was later converted into a car park. Former employees of the Corll Candy Company also recalled that Corll had forex of clear plastic of precisely the same type used to bury his victims. Moreover, colleagues at the Houston Lighting and Power Company—where Corll had been employed since —would also state that, from the earliest days of his employment, Corll had repeatedly retained coils of used nylon cord which would otherwise have been discarded.
This brand of cord was the same type used to strangle and bind the killer of many of his victims. These details, alongside the fact two additional bones were found with the 26th and 27th victims discovered, indicate a minimum of two and possibly four more unknown victims.
The body was found buried near the entrance to the boat shed between the bodies of Ruben Haney and Steven Sickman, whereas the bodies of the victims killed between December and May were found buried at the rear of the shed. In Marcha Mr. The couple identified two of the men as Corll and Henley. The third individual had long, blond hair — like Brooks. As the couple watched the trio, one of the men whom they later identified as Henley advanced upon the car with such a menacing expression that the couple felt compelled to drive away.
However, police were again unwilling to extend the search. Henley himself has stated that the picture must have been taken after he had acquired a Polaroid camera in — although he is adamant that he has no idea who this boy is.
Of the 16 individuals depicted within the films and photos, 11 of the youths appeared to be among the 21 victims of Dean Corll who had been identified by this date. The discovery of the material in Houston in subsequently led to the arrest of five individuals in Santa Clara, California. March 17, "Horror still haunts families" Montreal Gazette UPI. Harvest of Horror: Mass Murder in Houston.
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