The Candyman - Dean Corll and the Houston Mass Murders

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The Candy Man- Dean Corll and the Houston Mass Murders

Victims:
1. Billy Baulch, 17
2. Billy Ridinger-survived
3. Danny Yates, 14
4. David Hilligiest, 13
5. Donald Waldrop, 15
6. Frank Anthony Aguirre, 18
7. Gregory Malley Winkle, 16
8. Homer Garcia, 15
9. James Dreymala, 13
10. James Glass, 14
11. Jeffrey Konen, 18
12. Jerry Waldrop, 13
13. John Sellars, 17
14. Johnny Delone, 16
15. Joseph Lyles, 17
16. Mark Scott, 17
17. Marty Jones, 18.
18. Michael 'Tony' Baulch, 15
19. Randall Harvey, 15
20. Rhonda Williams -survived
21. Richard Kepner, 19
22. Ruben Watson, 17
23. Steven Sickman, 17
24. Tim Kerley-survived
25. Wally Jay Simoneaux, 14
26. Willard 'Rusty' Branch, Jr. , 17
27. Charles Cary Cobble, 17
28. Richard Hembree, 13

Facts:
Dean Coril was a 33-year-old electrician living in Houston, Texas, who with two teen accomplices was responsible for kidnapping, torturing, raping and murdering at least 27 young boys in Houston in the early 1970s. Dean Corll was an electrician for Houston Power and Light, but most of Henley's friends knew him as the Candy Man, so named because he had labored for years in the candy manufacturing plant that he and his mother had once owned. Corll was famous for giving away candy to the kids. Coril had an odd choice of friends, who were mostly young male teens. Two, who were particularly close to Coril, was a 14-year-old boy named Elmer Wayne Henley and a 15-year-old boy named David Brooks. The three spent much time hanging around at Coril's house or driving with him in his van. That was until August 8, 1973, when Henley shot and killed Coril at his home. While in police custody, Henley began to tell about his relationship with Coril. He said Coril paid him $200 or more for each boy that he could lure to Coril’s house. After searching Coril's house, the police discovered a bedroom that looked as if it was designed for torture and murder. There was a board with handcuffs attached, ropes, sex toys and plastic covering the carpeted floor. Coril was furious when Henly brought his young girlfriend, Rhonda Williams over to the house with another friend, Tim Kerley. The group drank and did drugs until they fell asleep. When Henley awoke, his feet were bound and Coril was handcuffing him to his torture board. His girlfriend and Tim were also bound with electrical tape over their mouths. He managed to convince Corll to free him by promising to participate in the torture and murder of his friends. Once free, he went along with some of Corll's instructions, including attempting to rape the Rhonda Williams. Corll meanwhile, was trying to rape Tim, but the young boy fought so much Corll, frustrated, left the room. Henley immediately went for Corll's gun which he left behind. When Corll returned, Henley shot him six times, killing him. Over the next few days, Henley readily talked about his part in the deadly activity in Corll's house. He led the police to where many of the victims were buried. The first location was a boatshed Corll rented in southwest Houston, stall # 11. There police uncovered the remains of 17 of the boys Corll had murdered. Ten more bodies were found at various other burial sites in or near Houston. Altogether there were 27 bodies recovered. Henley confessed to knowing about Corll's brutal crimes and also participating in murdering one of the boys. Brooks told police that he had no knowledge of the crimes. When tried, Brooks was found guilty of one murder and sentenced to life in prison. Henley was convicted of six of the murders and sentenced to six 99-year-terms. Because Henley acted in self-defense, he was not convicted of killing Corll.

The Crime Scene:
Around 8:30 a.m. that Wednesday morning, the Pasadena, TX, police department got a telephone call from a hysterical Wayne Henley. Patrolman A.B. Jamison raced over to the address, 2020 Lamar Drive, a green and white frame house. Three...
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