The latest unknown victim of the Candyman serial killer has been seen in a new photo, 50 years after the discovery of a mass grave
A new sketch of the last known victim of the infamous “Candy Man”. serial killer Dean Corll has been released 50 years after his discovery in a mass grave.
For decades, the young man whose body was found mutilated in brightly colored swimming trunks and belted was known as “Swimsuit Boy” or “John” Houston Doe” — but officials are now hopeful that the new scheme can finally return his name to the victim.
Face avatar released by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Last week, on the 50th anniversary of this day, many bodies were found in mass graves on August 9, 1973.
Corll, infamously nicknamed “Candy Man” because he was known to give out free candy to children at his parents’ candy store, terrorized youth in the Houston area in the early 1970s.
Between 1970 and 1973, Corll and his accomplices David Owen Brooks, 17, and Elmer Wayne Henley, 18, kidnapped, tortured, raped, and murdered at least 28 men, ages 13 to 20. Known as the “Houston Mass Murders,” there were far more than 28.
The remains of the victims were found after Henley led Houston police to the boat storage shed, where 17 bodies were found wrapped in plastic or sheets and buried under a layer of lime. Dean Corll: The True Story of the Houston Mass Murders: Historical Killers and Serial KillersBy Jack Rosewood.
On August 8, 1973, one day before the bodies were found, Henley shot and killed 33-year-old Corll with a . 22 Killer pistol, allegedly as he was shouting: “I can’t go on any longer! I can’t make you kill all my friends!”, Texas Monthly mentioned.
Henley has admitted direct involvement in six of the murders, and is serving six consecutive 99-year prison terms with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He will be eligible for parole in October 2025 at the age of 70.
Brooks died from COVID-19 in 2020 at a Galveston hospital while serving a life sentence.
Over the past 50 years, investigators have been able to identify 27 known Corll victims, giving all of “The Lost Boys” a name – with one exception – John Doe 1973.
The latest attempt to identify the final victim of ’70s horror was revived this year after the Corll House was demolished in February. Officials said at least eight victims were shot dead in that house.
John Doe, who police believe was white possibly Hispanic and was between 15 and 18 when he was killed, was one of 17 bodies found in the boat shed, according to the NCMEC website.
He was found with “Catalina” swim trunks strapped in red, turquoise, gold, and navy blue stripes. The shorts also had the letter “C” with the gold wings on the silver buckle.
The victim was wearing a long-sleeved 1970s-style khaki T-shirt tied at the front, with a large red, white and blue peace symbol and the letters “USA”.
Also found were dark blue shorts, a knotted leather ankle bracelet, and 12-inch brown leather cowboy boots that had the word “NEOLITE” on the heel.
It was later determined that the young man had a mild form of spina bifida, according to the NCMEC.
They “remain hopeful that this young man’s family and friends are still looking for him,” said Carol Schweitzer, superintendent of the Forensic Services Unit at the National Center for Missing Children.
“This young man’s friends and colleagues will be in their late 60s and early 70s, and we hope these new images will reach them and help bring them the one lead needed to solve this case,” Schweizer said in a statement.
“He may have siblings, cousins, classmates, neighbors or friends who always wondered what happened to him. They will be friends and colleagues of this young man in his late 60s and early 70s, and we hope these new photos will reach them and help bring them the one lead needed to solve this case.” “.
Anyone with information on “John Doe 1973” is asked to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science, case reference number ML73-3356.