Scott Camp Kill
On June 12, 1977, a group of girl scouts arrived at a place called Mayes County, Oklahoma, in the famous Camp Scott camp. On their first night, a terrible storm hit the camp, which made everyone huddle in their tents, waiting for the storm to subside. The next day, the bodies of three girl scouts, aged 8 to 10 years, were found nearby in the forest. They were raped and murdered.
A few months before this incident, one of the camp counselors returned to her tent after a training session, and saw that the things in the tent were scattered, and someone carried her donuts. Inside the box in which the donuts were lying, she found a note.
Tent number 7
In it, a strange visitor wrote that he would like to kill three people from the same tent. The counselor did not attach any importance to this note. It was a place where terrible stories were told in front of a bonfire, and jokes were constantly arranged. She just threw away the note.
Only two months later, the threat mentioned in the note was implemented.On June 13, Carla Emery, the 18-year-old leader, went to the shower when she discovered the corpse of 10-year-old Doris Denis Milner. A towel and a rope were screaming around the girl's neck, and she was undressed below the waist. Nearby, she discovered two more bodies, 8-year-old Laurie Lee Farmer and 9-year-old Michelle Guise.
Victims of crime: Michelle Guise, Doris Milner, Laurie Farmer.
Both of these girls had their mouths sealed with black tape and their bodies placed inside sleeping bags. Doris was strangled, and Michelle and Laurie were beaten to death. All three bodies were pulled out of the tent, and transferred to the forest for a distance of more than one hundred yards (150 m.) From the camp.
All the girls lived in the town of Broken Arrow, a suburb of Tulsa, in Oklahoma, and all three of them moved into tent number 7 on the night of the murder.
The killer began an immediate hunt. Boards of wooden tent flooring were delivered to the laboratory. It was clearly visible on them that someone had unsuccessfully tried to wash and clean them of blood with the help of towels.
Not far from the place where the bodies were found, they found a red flashlight, with a piece of newspaper inside it, a nylon rope, a roll of electrical tape, and several pairs of glasses.
Police dogs K-9 were brought to the scene, with the help of which they began to scour the nearby territory.It became clear that the killer first walked past the tents of the counselors before reaching the girls. Not far from the camp was discovered a cave in which there was a newspaper.
City sheriff and witnesses examine corpses
A piece of this newspaper was found earlier in the flashlight. Photos of two women were also found in the cave. It turned out that the photographs of these women were taken by the prison guard, who in his spare time worked as an amateur photographer, and were stolen by a fugitive prisoner, Gene Leroy Hart. Jean Leroy Hart had escaped from prison four years earlier, and was still on the run.
He kidnapped two pregnant women (they both wore glasses), drove them into the woods, where he tied up and raped. With a piece of adhesive tape, he covered his respiratory tract and left him to die, thinking that they would suffocate. But women were able to free themselves and run away, which later led to the arrest of the criminal.
Sheriff's assistants organize the search
On April 6, 1978, Gene Leroy Harta was tracked down and arrested in the village of Bunch, in Oklahoma. He was charged with the murder of three girls, but the jury, 6 men and 6 women, could not find irrefutable evidence of his guilt, and he was acquitted.Despite this, the local sheriff argued that a thousand percent sure of Hart's guilt.
Since Hart was a runaway prisoner, he was returned to prison. The convicted rapist waited 305 years in Oklahoma County Prison from his initial 308 years. A year later, he died of a heart attack in the prison yard, where he practiced with heavy weights all day. Until his death, he denied his guilt in the murder of girls.
Gene Hart in transferring to court
Two families filed a five million dollar lawsuit against the Magic Empire Council, the owner of the camp, for negligence. In the lawsuit, they referred to the note and to the fact that the killer took 86 yards (78 meters) from the tent counselors to the girls' tent. However, they lost the court.
In 2008, a DNA test was carried out using materials taken from the crime scene. The researchers said the results were “uncertain” because the samples were too old.
The case of the murder of girls is still not closed, although it is not being investigated. Scott's camp has been working for more than half a century, but after that terrible tragedy it was closed forever.