Dean Corll

Dean Corll
Corll in 1973
Dean Arnold Corll

(1939-12-24)December 24, 1939
DiedAugust 8, 1973(1973-08-08) (aged 33)
Cause of deathGunshot wounds to left chest and back[1]
Other namesThe Candy Man
The Pied Piper
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Parent(s)Arnold Edwin Corll
Mary Emma Robinson
Span of crimes
CountryUnited States

Dean Arnold Corll[2] (December 24, 1939 – August 8, 1973) was an American serial killer who abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered at least 28 teenage boys and young men between 1970 and 1973 in Houston, Texas. He was aided by two teenaged accomplices, David Owen Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley. The crimes, which became known as the Houston Mass Murders, came to light after Henley fatally shot Corll. Upon discovery, it was considered the worst example of serial murder in U.S. history.[3][4]

Corll's victims were typically lured with an offer of a party or a lift to a succession of addresses in which he resided between 1970 and 1973. They would then be restrained either by force or deception, and each was killed either by strangulation or shooting with a .22 caliber pistol. Corll and his accomplices buried 17 of their victims in a rented boat shed; four other victims were buried in woodland near Lake Sam Rayburn; one victim was buried on a beach in Jefferson County; and at least six victims were buried on a beach on the Bolivar Peninsula. Brooks and Henley confessed to assisting Corll in several abductions and murders; both were sentenced to life imprisonment at their subsequent trials.

Corll was also known as the Candy Man and the Pied Piper, because he and his family had previously owned and operated a candy factory in Houston Heights, and he had been known to give free candy to local children.[5]

  1. ^ Moore, Evan (August 8, 1993). "The Horror Remains 20 Years Later, Memories of Dean Corll Haunt Survivor". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Bardsley, Marilyn. "Dean Corll". Crime Library. Archived from the original on December 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  3. ^ "Residents of Houston Curbing Murder Talk". The Beaver County Times. UPI. August 16, 1973. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference Bovsun2008 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ Gurwell, John K. (1974). Mass Murder in Houston. Galveston, Texas: Cordovan Press. p. 73.