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|Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:13 am
|Prospective victims had to be young and good looking. Corll,
Henley and Brooks would recruit them individually or as a trio.
They planned regular parties with alcohol and marijuana. What
was so astonishing was that Henley and Brooks recruited their
friends, childhood friends of many years, knowing full well that
these friends would be tortured and murdered. Some of the boys
had been castrated; another's penis had been chewed; some had
been beaten or kicked to death.
By the end of the second day of the investigation, the body
count had risen to 17. Both Henley and Brooks were told to make
a list of every boy that they remembered as a victim. Henley,
who never stopped talking, told police that several boys were
buried near Lake Sam Rayburn and on the High Island beach. A
trip was planned immediately to those sites. Several bodies were
discovered fairly soon, but since it was late in the day,
further digging had to wait until the following day.
Over the coming days, 17 bodies were found in the boat shed and
before the investigation was completed, the bodies of 27 boys
had been unearthed — making the serial murder case the largest
in U.S. history, beating the existing record of Juan Corona's 25
As the digging and discovery of bodies wound down, the evidence
against Henley and Brooks increased. The future of the two young
men did not appear bright.
Wayne Henley delivered justice to Dean Corll on August 8, 1973,
when he shot him in self-defense. Wayne and David Brooks had
been planning to kill Corll because they were afraid of him and
afraid that he had gone crazy. They had always considered
themselves potential victims and worried that they might not see
it coming fast enough to escape. Also, Dean had been acting very
strangely and they feared that his increased need for new
victims and intensified savagery with the latest victims posed a
threat to their collective security.
Despite their confessions of murdering and torturing a number of
victims, neither Henley nor Brooks were likely candidates for
the newly defined Texas guidelines on capital punishment. The
Legislature did not provide that murder committed during just
any felony could be punishable by death — only kidnapping,
robbery, burglary, forcible rape and arson.
In 1974, Wayne Henley was convicted of murder in the deaths of
six boys and was sentenced to six consecutive 99-year terms. In
1975, David Brooks was convicted of murder in the death of one
15-year-old boy and was sentenced to life.
Every three years by law, they come up for a parole hearing, but
each time it is rejected. Mr. & Mrs. Walter Scott, whose son was
murdered in the serial murder case, attends each parole review
to ensure that the parole board does not forget their crimes,
which topped the list of the worst crimes in the past 100 years
in Houston history.
Wayne Henley has taken up art in prison and paints flowers and
other nonviolent subjects. The offering of his paintings and
other personal items on e-Bay has caused a stir of protest in
the city of Houston and elsewhere. Unlike some states, Texas
does not have a "Son of Sam" law that prevents criminals from
profiting from books, paintings, etc. that become popular
because of criminal notoriety.
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