Guest Post: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders
Written by RedHanded podcast
Case File Overview
On the very first night of camp, as the tents shook against a raging thunderstorm, dark events would unfold like a twisted campfire story come to life. And by morning three young girls would be dead, molested and murdered in the middle of the night.
On June 12, 1977 three girls–Denise Milner age 10, Michelle Guse age 9 and Lori Lee Farmer age 8–slept in tent 8 of ‘Kaiawa’ camp: none would survive the night.
Murder victims Michelle, Lori, and Denise
The next morning their dead bodies were found out by the treeline of the forest, 100 ft (30.5 m) from their tent. Lori and Michelle had died from blunt force trauma to the head, but Denise had died from ligature asphyxiation. Reports suggested that both Denise and Michelle had been molested, but with Lori it was hard to tell if anything sexual had happened.
40 years later this brutal crime still remains unsolved. What really happened to the murdered Oklahoma Girl Scouts?
Case File Theories
With strange discoveries made at the campsite, curses and deaths, supernatural links were growing and hysteria hit its peak.
Spooky, dark woods of Mayes County
Gene Leroy Hart
Gene Leroy Hart
Evidence found in a nearby cave would lead police to track down escaped, convicted rapist Gene Leroy Hart.
Note found on a nearby cave wall
Hart was eventually caught and stood trial for the murders of Michelle, Lori and Denise.
Shockingly, despite vast amounts of circumstantial evidence, he was found not guilty.
DNA from the case has been re-examined twice over the past four decades, but there has never been a conclusive match to Hart or anyone else.
Who do you think murdered Denise, Michelle, and Lori?
The fact that this crime remains unsolved is truly shocking.
Given what happened that night, it seems likely that this was the work of more than one man.
So even if Hart, who died in prison two months after the trial, was involved, he did not commit these heinous murders alone.
This means there is still potentially a killer on the loose in the dark woods of Mayes County.
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“Murder of 3 Oklahoma Girl Scouts remains unsolved after 40 years” – New York Daily News article
“12 Facts About The Unsolved Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders” – Ranker article
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