Serial Killer- Dean Corll & the Houston Mass Murders
Dean Corll was known as the Candy Man, the Corll family business being a Corll Candy Co./store. In 1973 police received a call from a teenager named Elmer Wayne Henley who was very upset, saying he had just killed Dean Corll. Police ruled it a justified self-defense shooting. But Henley wasn’t finished talking, he told police that Dean was a killer and had a warehouse full of bodies.Well, police, of course, didn’t believe him.Not until Henley took them to the boat warehouse and they started digging.First one body, then two, after they had finished digging in 3 areas there were 27 bodies.In 1973 this was the biggest Serial Killer case in US history.The term Serial Killer hadn’t been coined yet so this was called The Houston Mass Murders. 27 had beaten Juan Corona’s body count by 1 corpse.This was before Bundy, before Gacy, so most U.S. citizens had no idea people like Dean Corll existed. Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks were 2 teenagers who had befriended Corll and acted as "procurers" of boys for Corll to torture,rape and murder. Henley committed at least 6 of the murders. Even though Henley was a killer I have to thank him. He did the world a service by taking Dean Corll out of it. If he hadn’t then 27 might’ve been a drop in the bucket. He might not have ever been stopped.