From time immemorial, humanity is drawn to mysticism and all kinds of secrets. Even when a clue is discovered, they try not to notice it, because it is a shame to part with the legend. However, there are riddles that even fans of the "Bermuda Triangle" will not like.
They do not return from here
I-45 is the so-called interstate in the United States with a length of just under 460 km, located in the state of Texas. It is the shortest of the major interstate lines and is the only major interstate line in one state.
One of its sections runs near one of the oil fields in the area of the city of League City. One mile away from the road begins an area where girls and young women are strongly advised not to go. 10 hectares of land were named "Texas Killing Fields".
On June 17, 1971, a 13-year-old disappeared in the town of Alvin Colet Wilson... The girl walked to her house from the highway, but she never got to it. For several months, the police checked various versions of the disappearance of Colette, but to no avail.
14-year-old disappeared in Galveston on July 1 Brenda Jones... The girl was found murdered the very next day and the incident was considered the work of local street gangs. True, it did not work to get on the trail of the criminal.
On August 4, 1971, two girls disappeared in Galveston at once - a 14-year-old Rhonda Johnson and 13 year old Sharon Shaw.
On October 28, 1971, a 19-year-old woman from Houston was added to the list of the missing Gloria Gonzalez... On November 17, the dismembered corpse of the unfortunate woman was found on the banks of the Addik reservoir. Twelve days later, in the immediate vicinity of the discovery of the remains of Gloria Gonzalez, they found what remained of Colette Wilson. The killer literally tore the schoolgirl to pieces.
After the terrible finds, there was no doubt that a maniac was operating in the area.
Gas station process
15-year-olds disappeared on the same day with Gloria Gonzalez in Galveston Maria Johnson and Debbie Eckerman.
At least five of these murders were highly likely to have been the work of the same perpetrator - extremely brutal and extremely self-confident.
In 1972, police detained a gas station employee Michael Selfpreviously convicted of sex crimes. The man was accused of the massacre of Rhonda Johnson and Sharon Shaw. After a while, Self confessed to the crime and took part in an investigative experiment at the place where the bodies were found. But before the townsfolk had time to breathe a sigh of relief, the solution of the crime was questioned. Self announced that he gave his testimony under torture. He claimed that he was beaten, cigarette butts extinguished on his skin, and strangled with a plastic bag.
Despite this, Self was sentenced to life in prison. Skeptics noted that he could not commit many of the murders purely physically, and in other cases there were inconsistencies that made them doubt the version of the investigation.
Meanwhile, the disappearances of the girls continued. In September 1974, the 14-year-old disappeared Georgia Gere and 12 year old Brooks Bracewell... They left the store on I-45 and were never seen again. The remains of the victims can be found and identified only in 1981.
In total, between 1971 and 1977, the bodies of 11 murdered girls were found in the area of the so-called "Texas Killing Fields".
In all these murders in 1998 he confessed Edward Harold Bell... In the 1970s, League City Police was known as an exhibitionist who displayed his genitals to girls. Despite being detained more than a dozen times, Bell was considered harmless. Until he killed a former Marine in 1978 Larry Dickens... He found him for another lewdness and tried to stop what was happening, but the exhibitionist flew into a rage, having dealt with the Marine.
Bell managed to escape. He fled from justice for 16 years, until he was arrested in Panama and extradited to the United States. For murder, he was sentenced to 70 years and after a while began to confess that he raped and killed women in the 1970s.
However, nothing, except his own words, could confirm Bell's involvement in the massacres on the "Texas Killing Fields". As a result, until his death in 2019, no formal charges were brought against him.
A new generation of maniacs?
In the 1980s, a new wave of murders began. In 1983-1985 23-year-old disappeared Heide Villareal-Fay, 16 year old Laura Miller and 30-year-old Audrey Cook... The bodies of all three were found in almost the same place, while Audrey was not identified until 2019.
Neither Self, who was in prison, nor Bell, who fled abroad, could have been involved in these crimes. Most of those working on the case believed that the murders of the 1980s had nothing to do with what happened in the 1970s. At the same time, it was impossible to exclude the possibility that a real criminal, who did not come to the attention of the police, continued his dirty work.
To get out on the trail of the murderer again did not work. In the 1990s, 34-year-old Donna Prudhomme, 14 year old Lynette Bibbs and 15 year old Tamara Fisher, 13 year old Crystal baker, 12 year old Laura Smither, 20 year old Kelly Cox, 17-year-old Jessica Kane.
In total, there are at least 30 murders of girls and young women aged 12 to 34 years.
There is an assumption that the "Texas Killing Fields" became a favorite place not for one, but for several maniacs, acting both in parallel and at different times. In addition, a number of reprisals were most likely committed by "classic" criminals who settled some personal scores with the dead or attacked with the intent of robbery.
"If you scream, no one will hear you"
Producer Amy Mann, who presented the police drama Fields in 2011, whose plot is tied to the “Killing Fields,” described the territory in this way: “Ideal to kill someone and not be caught. In fact, you can see League City from here. But if you scream, no one will hear you. And if you run, there is nowhere to run from here. "
This, perhaps, is the solution to the mystery - a deserted territory where you can hide a corpse so that it may not be found for many months, or, more likely, for many years. Such a place simply could not fail to attract criminals. And the more gloomy legends circulated about the "Texas Killing Fields", the more atrocities were committed there.
In recent years, due to the fact that the possibilities of DNA examination have expanded significantly, several high-profile crimes have been solved in the United States at once, over which they have been unsuccessfully fought for decades. Perhaps it will come to the "Texas Killing Fields"