U NT I US
& OUR COMMUNITY Houston, texas
POST REPORTS & PRINTS MISLEADING
& OFFENSIVE COPY
It is most fortunate for the public
who rely on the newspapers for
information as to what is happening in our city and state that all
reporters are not as backward
and ignorant as those employed
by THE HOUSTON POST.
Pete Wittenberg covering the
Wayne Henley story for THAT
paper has and does repeatedly
use the phrase "homosexual murder ring". Is this man accurate
in his reporting - does he know
that one psychopath and two mixed-
up young boys do not in any form
constitute a "ring".
Kathy Lewis being a follower
of the above Pete Wittenberg was
not original in her story, the
POST EXCLUSIVE where Brad
Yates, one of the victims brothers
told her that Corll passed out
calling cards. In this article she
also used some inaccurate and
not original phrases -- "Corll
was the alleged ringleader of the
'homosexual murder ring'".
The following letter was sent
to the HOUSTON POST:
The HOUSTON POST
Houston, Texas 77001
Att: Pete Wittenberg
Once again in today's Post you
have used the phrase "homosexual
murder ring" in your report on the
The term "ring" applied thus
generally refers to persons engaged in criminal activity in some
degree of organization and with
specific intent of monetary gain.
To use the term in describing the
actions of one lone psychopath
with two mixed-up teens as accomplices is a bit unrealistic.
Even more intolerable is your
continued reference to it as a
homosexual ring. Such a psychopathic pattern is most assuredly
just as rare and just as intolerable to homosexuals as to everyone
The phrase "homosexual murder ring" as applied to the Dean
Corll killings is sensationalistic;
but it is inaccurate, misleading,
and offensive to your thousands
of homosexual readers. Since you
will no doubt be covering the trials
for some time, please consider rewording of your background material.
Thanks for your consideration.
Should we continue to support
a big time newspaper using a 1950
approach for headlines, through
careless wording, misleading concepts, and terms which have been
regulated in their meaning?
The term homosexuality has
Psychiatric Association to "Sexual Orientation Disturbance" --
The HOUSTON POST approach
to this story - which is of national
interest is to bait the public, sway
a jury selection, and to pre-judge
a trial case.
Does Dean Corell represent
homosexuals or a mad man? Is
the POST advocating a 1950 McCarthy witch hunt? Should all left
handers, shadowless people, and
heterosexuals that vear from the
norm be exterminated before they
can lay their eggs and hatch a
new generation of sex-thrill
Is Dean Corll representative of
the American heterosexual broken
Come on HOUSTON POST! Tell
us what are you trying to say. Do
you want to classify this tragic
story as typical of anything we
want to call American, Texan,
or Houston? What group do you
want Corll to represent? Should
he represent any group at all?
YOU printed it! Don't you have an
Should the homosexual stand by
after the strides a few have made
for ALL in the past FEW years
and continue support of an award
family of our current Lt. Govenor
of this great state, and remain
HENLEY TRIAL STARTS
Pretrial hearings into the Houston Mass Murders began Jan. 14,
1974 int the court of Dist. Judge
William M. Hatten. Defense attorneys apparent tactic is to show
Henley made statements in the case
without the benefit of an attorney
to counsel Him.
The multiple slayings came to
light when Henley admitted killing Dean Corrl the night of Aug.
8, 1973 during a paint sniffing
and sex party. Henley claimed he
killed Corrl in self defense & the
district attorney's office has supported this claim.
Henley is accused in six of the
multiple slayings of 27 teen age
boys. Mrs. Mary Henley was the
first witness. Her son was unable
to speak rationally and was "going to pieces." she said.
Henley's lawyer asked a delay
in his murder trial, but Dist. Atty
Carol Vance said he opposes any
postponements. Jury selection is
scheduled to begin Jan 28. An
early witness, Ed. Pegelow, one
of Henley's lawyers testified that
Pasadena police prevented him
from talking with Henley while they
completed an interview with him.
Henley's statements are crucial
because there are no witnesses to
the slayings other than the accused.
Pasadena Detective David
Mullican testified Wednesday.
Henley gave his statements voluntarily and claimed he was "relieved to get it off his chest"
David OwenBrooks, 18,afriend
of Henley, charged in four of the
slayings, took the witness stand
Thursday 1.18 but would only give
Will Gray Attorney for Elmer
Wayne Henley said that Henley
will probably testify Wed 1,23.
The diagnosis of homosexuality
as an illness has been the cornerstone of oppression for a tenth
of our population. It has forced
many gay women and men to think
of themselves as freaks. It has
burdened their families and friends with fear and guilt. It has
been used as a tool of discrimination in the private sector, and
in the civil service, military, immigration and naturalization service
health services, adoption and child
custody courts. It is the rationale
for perpetuating the sodomy laws
of 43 states. In a single stroke,
the Dec. 15 Psychiatric Assn.
vote would wipe out this oppressive
Though the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (1966), the
National Assn. for Mental Health
(1970) and the American Psychological Assn. (1972) have stated
that homosexuality is not an illness, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the APA is the
official nomenclature followed by
all medical groups in North America, including the American
Medical Assn. Though the APA
view will be noted in the world
nomenclature (ICDA), a worldwide
change is not expected due to opp
osition from Soviet-bloc psychiatrists.
The substitute category (Sexual
Orientation Disturbance) has been
designed to prevent a few psy-.
chiairists who make careers of
•' changing " homosexuals, from
being drummed out of their profession. But the shift in diagnosis is certain to affect the prac- -
lice of a majority. And gay people
themselves, no longer pressured
into believing themselves sick, are
likely to stage a "consumer boycott" of these psychiatrists who
continue to deal with sexual orientation as a "problem".
The APA position on sodomy
law repeal should be a stimulus
to action by state legislatures,
particularly following this year's
similar statement bythe American
Bar Assn., and earlier recommendations by the American Law Institute, the National Institute for
Mental Health and others. The
APA appeal for civil-rights legislation should spur states and mini-
cipalities to follow the example
set in the past three years by San
Francisco, Berkeley, Seattle, Columbus. Toronto. Washington D.C.
AND Ann Arbor and East Lansing,
Freud said that homosexuality
■cannot be categorized as an illness," but his followers borrowed
tne prevailing cultural views, and
the first semi-official nomenclature called homosexuality "psychopathic personality with pathologic
sexuality." This description per-"
sisted until 1968, when gay people
were shifted to a new category,
"Sexual Deviation." Research was
done exclusively on pati3nts in psychiatric treatment.
The breakthrough came with the
Kinsey studies of 1948 and 1953,
which indicated that 25% of our -
population has adult homosexual
experience and 10% are predominately gay. There were alotmore
gays than anyone imagined and I
there was no statistical correlation between homosexuality and
Then came the zoologists and
anthropologists like Ford and
Beach (1051), who demonstrated
that homosexual behavior is
common among all animal species,
and that 64% of non-Western societies treat homosexuality as
"normal and socially acceptable"
for at least some of the population. Could all these people be
Dr. Evelyn Hooker's contribution (1957) was to compare a group
of non-patient homosexuals with a
control group of heterosexuals.
No correlation between homosexuality and mental illness was found,
and all non-patient studies since
have produced similiar results.
The Gay movement has forced
the psychiatric profession to look
hard at this research, and then to
examine the social consequences
of the illness label. In 1964, the
Mattachine Society of Washington,
under the leadership of Dr. Frank -
lyn Kameny, issued a strong statement on gay mental health. Kam-