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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 8, August 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date August 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
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Transcript VOLUME 4 NO. 8 AUGUST, 1973 U NT I US .OMMUNITY HOUSTON. TEXAS TWO BOYS CHARGED WITH MURDER BOTH BOYS POINT FINGER AT CORIL'S SEX-MURDER PARTIES OVER TWO YEARS S. Harbers Elmer Henley 17, Tim Kerley 19 and Ronda Williams 15 went to the home of Dean orll Tuesday night for a glue sniffing party. Corll had been host to several of these parties and was very much into having sex with young boys. The trio sniffed glue until they were unconscious, while they were out Corll bound and gagged Tim and Ronda. When he started to handcuff the Henley boy it brought him around. Corll then told him that he was going to kill all of them. Corll then dragged Henley to the kitchen of the small frame house in Pasadena, where according to the boy he "sweet talked" Corll into releasing him in order to help in killing the other two. They returned to the room where the two were bound to a special plywood frame which had holes cut in it for hands and feet. There Corll told Henley to sexually assault the girl while he was sexually assualting Kerley. The boy went to the bathroom for some lubricant and on returning picked up the gun from the table. The boy says that Corll came at him and he shot him. He then released his friends and called the police. The Henley boy then took the police to a boat shed in southwest Houston where 17 bodies of young boys were found to be bur- ried. Who was this man who murdered these boys? Did the Henley boy help him kill them? Was the Henley boy the only one who helped Corll find, torture, murder, and burry these boys? According to police the boys were mostly from the northwest side of Houston and many were friends or neighbors of Henley's. • According to Henley's statement Corll had offered him $1500 for each boy he recruted, helped kill and bury. Henley says that there are more bodies burried at High Island and Lake Sam Raburn, near Lufkin. The total goes as high as 25 or 30, and stretches over a period of at least wo or more years. Corll "liked children and was around them every chance he got," said people who knew him. He would take them for rides in his van and evidently picked up some of his victims hitch-hiking. Corll was employed by Houston Light and Power as an electrician at the Hiram Clark generating stat ion. He was thirty three and sensitive about his age. He has lived in Houston since 1951 and w as brought up by his mother. The house in Pasadena was given to him by his father and he had lived there for three months. His neighbors thought him a clean cut man with quiet habits. The mother of the Henley boy talks of Corll as a friendly person who treated her boy like his own son. Identification of the bodies found so far has been dificult and parents with missing boys are anxiously waiting to see if their search is over. At press time only three of the bodies have been identified. Early Thursday David Brooks, 18, also of Houston came forward and told the police that he and Henley had participated with Corll in at least thirty tourture killings. The list of suspects in the killings. The list of suspects in the killings now has three names on it, but police are reluctant to say if this is all of the people who took park in the killings. The pattern seems to be an indication that over the two year period each victim was a young boy and each one had his hands tied behind his back. I have seen the burial sight and it is hard to believe that the remains were once living people. As more bodies are found the pattern is the same and this is leading police to the judgment that Corll, Henley, and Brooks were responsible for the murders. The striking thing is that this trio got away with killings for two years and were only caught because of the actions of one (Corll) who got too weird. Houston police receive many missing children reports. Something like this happens and in the words of Police Chief Short, "it is a sad thing, but it happened,'' and their is little we can do about it. The victims were all young boys and were sexually assaulted in the course of their torture, this fact points up a strange conclusion perhaps these boys were looking for something different, cheap thrills, but the ready availability of these boys tends to lead one to believe that they wanted to be hurt. As the investigation goes on more and more loose ends are being tied up the only question is just how these boys let themselves get in a position where their lives were taken, and why? The Fire Upstairs In reviewing all information about the New Orleans fire the NUNTIUS received from ONE LETTER Vol. XV111 No. 6 the most complete recap of all and therefore pass it on to you who do not receive this monthly letter from ONE) Still more about the New Orleans fire? Why? Does not continued sitting through the ashes of the tregedy run the danger of sounding like "injustice collecting" and masochistic self-indulgence? To ask the question implies that all ONE Members have ready access to such publications as have given coverage to the New Orleans story. Many Members do not, nor has all the information reprinted in these pages been covered else where. The principal reason for continuing to discuss the whole affair is to see what can be learned from it. For instance, how many gay bars are there around the country which are in such violation of the fire laws as to present comparable hazards? Do those who operate them very much care? For that matter, how many people would really welcome the sort of fire inspections and official surveillance that ordinary businesses regularly undergo for safety and insurance purposes?Onebarpack- ed to the hilt was cleared by the police on the stated complaint of overcrowding, then allowed to refill up to its approved capacity. Wor<J then went out through the underground, "They're after the (name omitted)." Business fell off and before long it closed its off and before long it closed doors for good. Which way do we want it? There are, believe it or not, people who are so anti-bar as to claim that gay bars merely foster the neuroses of those who go there and encourage them in putting off making adjustments putting off making adjustments in their lives to the question of what homophile living is all about. While wishing no one any harm, they would argue that people who frequent these bars simply reap the natural consequences of their behavior; that to waste emotion upon them is either sloppy sentimentality or the condoning of their self-destructive behavior and no kindness to anyone. To call such attitudes smug and judgemental says merely that one subscribes to a different set of value judgements and illustrates the vast differences in attitude to be found throughout what is referred to as Our Community. Another attitude which some would call unfeeling and unfair runs, "Wouldn't you know that something like this would happen itiin a town which gave Jim Garrison to the world?'' Unfeeling or not, it begins to nudge close to some very touchy questions. Such as can anyone feel really safe, however supposedly sophisticated a city may claim to be? Does, not past experience indicate that Society is like some sleeping animal which when rudely ing animal which when rudely awakened is entirely capable of turning suddenly into a wild beast? Should we be astonished at this? Did not many of the quoted remarks and actions of city and ecclesiastical officials smack all too clearly of ill-concealed dis- aidn, intolerance and even some "they got what they well deserved" feelings? It would be very easy to take pious platitudes from some, an official's retraction of implusive statements and the few genuine expressions of good will as evi- PAGE 10
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