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.