Could this be another victim of the Houston serial killers?
There is a story today running on KTRK-TV that suggests there could be another victim of Dean Corll, David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley who, so far, remains unidentified. I have known about this “story” for over a month and my source is not the one in the KTRK story. My source is a girl who grew up in the Heights near Wayne Henley and has been visiting him in a Texas prison for several months. Donna*, unlike Josh Vargas who is the subject of Ted Oberg’s report, does not want her real name used. She is not seeking fame she is simply wanting the story of Wayne Henley to be told. And what is that story?
The picture above was pulled from Wayne Henley’s belongings, stored in the back of an old school bus in North Texas. Josh Vargas, who is a “muderabilia” collector and filmmaker has access to Henley’s things. Vargas has also been meeting with Henley at the TDCJ’s Michael Unit where Henley is serving life. Unlike Vargas, Donna has become troubled by what she has been hearing firsthand from Elmer Wayne Henley. **I honestly do not know how Wayne can sleep….I have said this to his face. Now I sit and find myself in deep mourning for the people who were taken….it’s impossible not to…..I am a much changed woman….I feel I have been deceived by people whom I trusted.
Donna sent me the picture that is posted above: I know its grainy….but you can see the cuffs and Deans “tool box” the look on this boys face haunts me. This was in Wayne’s things and he flipped when told about it….dont let these people downplay it. This boys family deserves to know. One of the things that bothers Donna is that Josh Vargas is a “collector” of “murderabilia”. The first time I saw it was at Josh Vargas apartment right after he went and got a bunch of Wayne’s things, and he proudly put stuff on display. He is proud of this piece as he is a “collector”. I wanted to know what happened to Johnny Ray Delome and the Baulch brothers…..
Is the real motive for releasing the picture above a subliminal promotion for Vargas new movie or are there more victims. Donna says she fears there are more victims. Many more victims. Wayne Henley was simply the last person who procured boys for Dean Corll but there were others who procured, others who Corll killed. Henley has told Donna that “there are more people on the beach, which will likely never be found after 40 years.” As for Vargas movie about the Houston Mass Murders, Henley has cooperated in the project and there are letters. Someone subpoena Josh to give up the letters…..there is the whole ugly truth. I know what I know from both Wayne and Josh.
Here is what keeps Donna awake at night: I know that more bodies should be looked for at the lakehouse……..I know that Dean had tried to kill Wayne at least twice prior to 8-8-73……I know that David and Wayne spoke of killing Dean…..I know that David wanted to “get some girls” to which Dean flatly refused…..I know that Billy Ridinger was more involved than what he fesses….I know that Wayne tried to get away, which is why he left and went to Mount Pleasant, upon his return is the first time Dean tried to kill him and that is when he started threatening Wayne with his little brothers….I know that David helped with the torture of at least 2 of the boys……I KNOW that David knows more!!!!!!
I know it is an absolute truth to say that Dean taught Wayne how to react….and it had to be swiftly and greatly….I know Wayne was engaged to Lisa Reid at this time…..I know that Wayne told his Momma prior to killing Dean, what was going on….I don’t think she believed him, but she sure did know that the boatshed was off Hiram Clark… I am not a collector, nor a groupie, movie maker or book writer. I simply offered him friendship. He has apologized and cried to me about Johnny, Billy, Tony, and Frank. I told him that his apology was appreciated, but I am having a hard time accepting it and that I thought it would be best if he apologized to the family.
I was told the first person he killed was Mark Scott, which was Dean’s way of having Wayne “prove” himself to him. I know that the only bodies that Wayne helped bury in the boatshed were Charles and Marty and that Dean had locked him in that boatshed overnight as he was burying them….. I know that Dean had a vendetta for the Baulch brothers…..he would get tired of someone and then decide they were a liability and “fix their asses” as he would often say. Dean had a definite set of rules as I stated prior…#1 they would never be out numbered. So if they took one boy, there were two, if they took two boys then there were three.
Everything had to be organized. I asked Wayne specifically about Frank Aguirre (who was indeed Wayne’s friend as well as Rhonda’s fiancee) I said, “Wayne, you knew they had Frank…you left and went home and cried..all it would have took was one phone call to the police and they would have shown up and so many more lives would have been saved”. He cried and told me he has had 40 years to think of that. I know that one boy, I do believe Wayne told me was Homer Garcia, was shot in the head and chest and that Dean forced him to put him in the bathtub and made Wayne watch the boy bleed to death.
And about other procurers? One of the most disturbing things is that since Mark Scott was a procurer prior to Wayne, he knew what his fate would be….they left him cuffed to the board overnight and somehow Mark got the knife and went after Dean, even cutting him on the stomach and the when Wayne came in with the gun, he gave up….that’s when Dean tried to teach Wayne how to strangle people….the whole time, Mark was making the signal with his fingers of a gun to his head as if begging to be shot…..Wayne says that towards the end, if Dean could have had a boy a day would have been his dream….he was so sucked into his madness.
David and Wayne came up with scenarios which angered Dean, he would never go after a boy if they were out numbered, however, Dean himself was a predator…..this is when he would get small boys….I saw some clothes in Wayne’s things that Josh had and one was a cut off pair of shorts which looked like they would fit either a VERY young or extremely small boy….I saw the wooden finger that was in Frank Aguirre’s car that was always on his dash…..Wayne wanted that destroyed, it has not been, but I am not at liberty to say who has it. The significance of the wooden finger is that the finger was on Frank Aguirre’s front dash of his car. After Frank disappeared they had dismantled the car but for some reason Wayne kept the wooden finger. When he was told about the finger, he FLIPPED out and wanted it destroyed IMMEDIATELY. This piece was NOT destroyed…..but he was told it was…
Perhaps, one of the most chilling parts of my conversation with Donna was what she says about meeting with Wayne Henley: When I sit and talk with Wayne, if it were not for the fact we speak behind the glass and on a phone, it would almost seem like visiting an old friend. He comes out smiling and always makes a point to address me first, no matter who I am with. He is well versed in current events, which he likes to discuss…we talk sports….he asks my opinion on everything now…..much to Josh’s chagrin…..Josh Vargas has scanned letters to his computer between he and Wayne….these are question and answer sheets….Josh is into the macabre, so he asks questions I would never think of…..Wayne told me that Dean had stressed to him that no matter what you do, enjoy what you do….after awhile as Wayne slipped closer to insanity he did enjoy causing pain….I was speechless to hear this….but yet he comes across very gentle and kind.
The first boy that Wayne helped procure was Rusty Branch. He did not kill Frank or Rusty, but yet he remembers 13 faces…..which tell me more are there…..he had mentioned that there is a very good possibility there are more at Rayburn, and at High Island. But, in all honesty, after all these years and hurricanes, etc, erosion, there is a good chance none of these boys will be found…..except at Rayburn! And also in the lot where the candy shop was…..Dean had a room in this candy shop where he would retreat when he seemed anxious…..there was also plastic sheeting in this room….he said it was to bury candy…..
For the record, I believe Donna. I trust in what she is saying. I find it hard to understand how anyone could look into the eyes of a monster and not be affected and make no mistake, Wayne Henley is a monster. Normal people do not torture and murder their friends. Donna says there is more. Much more: There are too many people who are still wondering, hurting, and the not knowing can destroy lives….the police most definitely need to take closer looks…I would love to see the look on David Brooks face if he saw the picture….I want to know where are the other pictures….all the boys were photographed.
Donna says there is plenty of evidence that suggests there could be more victims: I do not doubt that there will be more in the rest of Wayne’s stuff that is being stored in an abandoned school bus on his brother’s property…..and Josh has LOTS of boxes…..these are all Wayne things prior to his arrest…. Donna remains concerned about Josh Vargas motives. Wayne knows only the notoriety brought on by this cult following he has. When he speaks of “collectors” and “groupies” he seems disgusted by it, and yet he continues to associate himself with them. We talked about this a great deal….even the woman he married (who’s motives I question) has asked him to distance himself from these people. I had to tell him, “my God, Wayne, these people are selling dirt from Deans grave and from the places you guys took victims!”
I have struggled over doing this story much as Donna has struggled telling it. At the end of the day, it comes down to this and this is what I told Donna. I am not interesting in doing a story to cause more misery for those lost. That serves no one. On the other hand, I, like you, want to share anything that can help bring closure and perhaps cause the police to revisit this case. I suspect that the HMM is the biggest case in the history of the United States and NO city wants to be known for that so once they made the cases they could…they just stopped. If there is a shred of truth in any of this…any of it…investigators must look in the places where there could be more victims and a good place to start would be in Wayne Henley’s belongings.
*Donna is not the real name of my source who has asked for anonymity because she has been threatened.
**Words in italics are quotes from “Donna.”
“This is what a police state looks like,” they shouted at Houston Police officers responding to a noise complaint in the 2300 block of Wheeler Avenue on Jan. 2. Maybe this is what anarchy looks like. Their website says that the Houston Free Thinkers is a group created to “give a voice to the people of Houston regarding issues, and crimes that the government, the mainstream media and corporations seek to suppress.” Those issues include, but are not limited to “the Federal Reserve scam; health dangers such as fluoride, aspartame and genetically modified organisms; 9/11 truth; the growing police state and erosion of civil liberties.”
The Free Thinkers believe those issues connect to show that countries all over the world are being hijacked by a “hidden elite to create a one-world government, a New World Order.” Micah Jackson said there were several hundred people at a free concert when HPD was called out for a noise complaint. When police officers arrived, several people at the party pulled out cell phone cameras, and now say their videos show HPD went too far. Derrick Broze, one of the group’s leaders, says he was unjustly arrested for unlawful behavior and spent 15 hours in jail. “They brought excessive force for a sound complaint. They could have just brought an officer or two and talked it out, Broze said.
Instead, Broze said they not only arrested him, but detained his friend Micah Jackson. That’s when one HPD officer pulled out a shotgun and chambered a round. Many people heard it click. There were a lot of people yelling at the police and questioning their authority. “He was like get back. I was just hoping no one else would get in trouble,” Jackson said. HPD has promised a thorough investigation but neighbors told KHOU-TV the action by the officers was warranted. “The police were just trying to calm them down, and get the noise down and they (the civilians) were getting out of control,” said Afua Hassan. “It was a ton of people, and it was about 9 when I got home. It was loud. I had a red cone protecting my parking space at my home, but someone moved it,” said resident Queen Anderson Neighbors and party organizers said there were at least 150 people that had gathered that night.
Readers my blog know that I can be critical of the Houston Police Department when they are out of line but having watched the video I have come to the conclusion that HPD showed tremendous and appropriate restraint at the obvious baiting by the Free Thinkers. The only yelling in the video is from the conspiracy theorists who immediately began yelling at the police, creating a disturbance trying to create a media event. The Free Thinkers did succeed in creating a media event but also succeeded in looking like idiots.
Argentina going up against the British Empire over a handful of islands at the southern tip of the world is akin to David v. Goliath. On 2 April 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, a remote UK colony in the South Atlantic. The move led to a brief, but bitter war. Argentina’s military junta hoped to restore its support at a time of economic crisis, by reclaiming sovereignty of the islands. It said it had inherited them from Spain in the 1800s and they were close to South America. The UK, which had ruled the islands for 150 years, quickly chose to fight. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said the 1,800 Falklanders were “of British tradition and stock”. A task force was sent to reclaim the islands, 8,000 miles away. In the fighting that followed, 655 Argentine and 255 British servicemen lost their lives, as did three Falkland Islanders.
Tensions over the Falkland Islands have been increasing ahead of the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s invasion in 1982. The latest escalation was prompted by the decision of Mercosur, a South American trading bloc, to close its ports to ships flying the Falkland Islands flag in December. When British Prime Minister David Cameron then accused Argentina of “colonialism”, the Argentine Senate passed a motion condemning his comments. There were also demonstrations – with the Union flag burning – outside the British embassy in Buenos Aires. Then the Royal Navy announced that it was sending the destroyer HMS Dauntless to the South Atlantic, off the Falklands. The British government said the move was routine, but it will do little to ease tensions in the region.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner speaks in front of a map of the Falkland Islands Tuesday in Buenos Aires.
The status of the islands, known as the Malvinas in Argentina, is still a very sensitive issue for Buenos Aires. In the capital, it is common to see posters highlighting the country’s claim to the islands. Many Argentine cities also have monuments to the war, in which more than 600 soldiers died. It is not uncommon either to see youngsters with tattoos of a Falklands map in the colours of the Argentine flag. At a political level, feelings are no less intense. National politics may be extremely polarized, but there is consensus between the government and the opposition over the country’s claim to the islands. “It is the centrepiece of Argentina’s foreign policy,” says Jorge Battaglino, lecturer in international relations at Torcuato di Tella University in Buenos Aires.
Analysts agree that commemorations of the war will be more prominent this year than ever before. Some say this is because it is the 30th anniversary. But it also coincides with a change of tack by the government, which is pushing more forcefully for talks with the UK. Britain insists it will not open negotiation on the Falklands, as most islanders wish to retain British sovereignty. Pollster Ibarometro says support among Argentines for the country’s claim to the islands is traditionally at about 65-70%, but that Mr Cameron’s comments boosted that to nearly 74%. Ibarometro’s director Pablo Lopez also says that there is growing support for the government’s more aggressive approach. “Since 2009, backing for the government’s strategy has jumped from about 40% to 67%,” he says.
A military government was in power in Argentina at the time of the 1982 invasion. It was a time of social unrest, and the state was leading its so-called “dirty war” – a crackdown on left-wing activists which left an estimated of 30,000 people dead. Yet support for the war was high. For years, this has complicated the issue for Argentines, who have tried to disassociate support for the Falklands from support for the military dictatorship. “People today have managed to separate both views,” says sociologist Vicente Palermo. “The Malvinas are seen as a national cause, regardless of whether there was a war over the islands sparked by an unpopular military government.”
Britain has held the islands since the 1830s, but Argentina insists it has a prior claim. “It is an old national cause, and the military took advantage of this popular feeling to try to maintain their grip on the country,” says sociologist Atilio Boron. “The war only managed to delay the possible start of negotiations between Argentina and Britain,” he adds. After the war, Argentina suffered decades of internal economic and political strife, but the relative calm of the past decade has allowed foreign policy to come to the fore. The election of Nestor Kirchner as president in 2003 marked an increase in Argentina’s efforts to claim the islands, and the government has since actively sought support from other nations in the region and the UN.
Mr Kirchner and his wife Cristina – the current president – grew up in the Argentine Patagonia, in the south of the country, where the issue runs high because of the relative proximity to the disputed territory. There is some debate in Argentina as to whether this explains the government’s interest in the issue. Some, like Mr Palermo, say that the official position is just an accurate representation of public opinion. He says President Fernandez may also be using the Falklands to deflect attention from domestic issues. Not everyone agrees. “Why would the president do that? She has just been re-elected with strong support, the economy is growing and her popularity is high,” says Mr Battaglino. “It is David Cameron who is trying to deflect attention from domestic issues,” says Mr Boron. “The UK’s economy is no better than Argentina’s. It was not Buenos Aires that had social unrest and riots last year, but London,” he adds.
The Argentine government believes the recent support from other countries in the region to their claim to the islands may have improved the prospects of Britain agreeing to open negotiations on the issue. But so far, from the Foreign Office in London, there has been no indication of any change in the British stance.
‘No negotiations’ on Falklands, Britain vows
Britain on Wednesday dismissed a complaint from Argentina about the “militarization of the South Atlantic” as tensions rise over the Falkland Islands, over which the two countries fought a war 30 years ago. “The people of the Falkland Islands are British out of choice,” the British Foreign Office said in a statement. “They are free to determine their own future, and there will be no negotiations with Argentina on sovereignty unless the Islanders wish it.” It was responding to a warning from Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner that her country would file a protest at the United Nations. “I have instructed our chancellor to formally present before the U.N. Security Council and the U.N. General Assembly this militarization of the South Atlantic, which implies a great risk for international safety,” she said during a speech in Buenos Aires. “We’re going to file a protest,” Fernandez added.
Speculation in recent days had been that she would cut the Falklands air link to the South American mainland by banning the airline LAN Chile from using Argentinian airspace to fly to the islands from Chile. The Saturday flights are the only scheduled air service to the Falklands and carry fresh food as well as passengers. The president made no such announcement in her speech Tuesday. Argentina already bans Falklands ships from its ports, an action joined by other South American and Caribbean nations. “I guess we were all kind of relieved that there wasn’t anything particularly concrete. It seems to be another burst of hot air really — and to that degree — we’re relieved,” said John Fowler, a journalist and Falkland Islands resident.
Britain and Argentina fought a war over the Falkland Islands, which Argentina calls Las Malvinas, in 1982. Though Britain won the war, expelling an Argentinian military force, Argentina claims the territory, which has been under British rule since 1833, as its own. Britain maintains that the 2,500 residents of the Falklands have the right to determine their allegiance, and so far that has been staunchly British. “The UK has no doubt about our sovereignty over the Falklands. The principle of self-determination, as set out in the UN Charter, underlies our position,” the Foreign Office said. British Prime Minister David Cameron said residents have a right to decide. “We support the Falklands’ right to self-determination, and what the Argentinians have been saying recently I would argue is actually far more like colonialism, because these people want to remain British, and the Argentinians want them to do something else.”
Addressing Cameron directly in her speech, Fernandez said: “I simply want to ask the prime minister of England to give peace a chance.” Tensions between London and Buenos Aires were raised even higher this month when Britain sent Prince Williamto the Falklands as a military helicopter pilot. The prince’s deployment comes as Britain is making other moves to support its 1,700 personnel at the Mount Pleasant military complex in the Falklands. “We are having what in game theory is called tit-for-tat … I don’t see an end in sight right now, but I’m sure that war is not the end,” Federico Merke, a professor of international relations at San Andres University, said after the president’s speech. So why, besides supporting the Falklands’ inhabitants, does Britain want to hang on to the islands? The answer may lie in the lucrative fishing grounds around the islands as well as a growing oil drilling industry.
Argentina, of course, has economic interests as well, but analysts say the current standoff has much to do with internal politics. “The government is being squeezed from lots of different areas, so one way to distract from the economic problems facing the country is to raise the Malvinas issue,” said Mark Jones, an expert in Latin American politics at Rice University in Texas. “It’s one of the few issues outside football that you can get universal consensus on.”
Fergal Keane BBC News
In taking a complaint to the UN the Argentine side knows that Britain, as a permanent member of the Security Council, can ultimately veto any critical resolution.
Before the speech there had been speculation that Ms Fernandez might signal an end to the important air link between Chile and the Falklands which must use Argentine air space – a move that would have created significant practical difficulties for the islanders.
That she chose not to, illustrates that Argentine tactics are not about achieving any kind of immediate practical effect, but are focused instead on a longer-term campaign of diplomatic attrition.
Distraction from economic issues? Probably a reality for both sides but the facts are this. The Argentine military is no match for the British Navy and the United Nations is not going to put forth any binding resolution that makes Britain hand these islands over to a government in Buenos Aires that is barely stable. It’s just not going to happen. Perhaps, just maybe, both countries can agree to let the islanders decide for themselves and we can send Jimmy Carter down to hold elections that will be binding. Maybe.