Their marriage was marred by frequent quarreling, and the couple divorced in , four years after the birth of their younger son, Stanley. Air Force after the divorce, in order that her sons could retain contact with their father. As a result of this diagnosis, Corll was ordered to avoid P.
Their divorce was decreed on amicable grounds and both boys maintained regular contact with their father. From the earliest days of the family candy business, Corll was working day and night while still attending school. This route often involved West traveling to Houston, where much of the product was sold.
As had been the case in his childhood, Corll was also considered somewhat of a loner, although he is known to have occasionally dated girls in his teenage years. In a logistical move shortly thereafter, he and his family moved to the northern outskirts of Houston so that the family candy business could be closer to the city where the majority of their product was sold. Corll's family opened a new shop, which they named Pecan Prince  in reference to the brand name of the family product.
In , at the request of his mother, Corll moved to Indiana to live with his widowed grandmother. Corll lived in Indiana for almost two years, but returned to Houston in to help with his family's candy business, which by this date had moved to Houston Heights.
He later moved into an apartment of his own above the shop. Dean was appointed as vice-president of the new family firm,  with his younger brother Stanley being appointed secretary-treasurer. Military in August U. According to official military records, Corll's period of service in the army was unblemished. Other acquaintances noted subtle changes in Corll's mannerisms when in the company of teenage males after he had completed his service in the army and returned to Houston, which led them to believe he may have possessed homosexual tendencies.
As had been the case in his teenage years, Corll increased the number of hours he devoted to the candy business to satisfy an increasing demand for his family's product. Corll was known to give free candy to local children, : The company also employed a small work force, and he was seen to behave flirtatiously towards several teenage male employees.
Brooks initially became one of Corll's many youthful close companions; the youth regularly socialized with Corll and various teenage boys who congregated at the rear of the candy company.
He also joined Corll on the regular trips he took to south Texas' beaches in the company of various youths, and later harked to the fact that Corll was the first adult male who did not mock his appearance. In , when he was 15, Brooks dropped out of Waltrip High School  and moved to Beaumont to live with his mother.
Whenever he visited his father in Houston, he also visited Corll, who allowed him to stay at his apartment if he wished to. Later the same year, Brooks moved back to Houston and, by his own later admission, began regarding Corll's apartment as his second home. All of his victims were males aged 13 to 20, the majority of whom were in their mid-teens. Most victims were abducted from Houston Heights, which was then a low-income neighborhood northwest of downtown Houston.
With most abductions, he was assisted by one or both of his teenaged accomplices: Several victims were friends of either or both of Corll's accomplices; others were individuals with whom Corll had himself become acquainted prior to their abduction and murder,   and two other victims, Billy Baulch and Gregory Malley Winkle, were former employees of the Corll Candy Company. This enticement was typically an offer of a party or a lift, and the victim would be driven to his house.
Once manacled, the victims would be sexually assaulted, beaten, tortured and—sometimes after several days—killed by strangulation or shooting with a. Their bodies were then tied in plastic sheeting  and buried in one of four places: Konen vanished while hitchhiking with another student from the University of Texas to his parents' home in Houston;  he was dropped off alone at the corner of Westheimer Road and South Voss Road near the Uptown area of Houston. Corll likely offered Konen a lift to his parents' home, which Konen evidently accepted.
At the time of Konen's disappearance, Corll lived in an apartment on Yorktown Street, near the intersection with Westheimer Road. The body was buried at High Island Beach. Forensic scientists subsequently deduced that the youth had died of asphyxiation caused by manual strangulation and a cloth gag that had been placed in his mouth. The body was buried beneath a large boulder,  covered with a layer of lime , wrapped in plastic, naked, and bound hand and foot, suggesting he had also been violated.
Both youths were tied to opposite sides of Corll's torture board and subsequently raped, strangled and buried in a boat shed Corll had rented on November Between March and May , Corll abducted and killed three further victims; all of whom lived in Houston Heights and all of whom were buried towards the rear of the rented boat shed.
In each of these abductions, Brooks is known to have been a participant. One of these three victims, year-old Randell Harvey, was last seen by his family on the afternoon of March 9 cycling towards Oak Forest ,  where he worked part-time as a gas station attendant.
Harvey was also driven to Corll's Mangum Road apartment, where he was subsequently killed by a single gunshot to the head. As had been the case with parents of other victims of Corll, both sets of parents launched a frantic search for their sons. One of the youths who voluntarily offered to distribute posters the parents had printed offering a reward for information leading to the boys' whereabouts was year-old Elmer Wayne Henley—a lifelong friend of Hilligiest.
The youth pinned the reward posters around the Heights and attempted to reassure Hilligiest's parents that there may be an innocent explanation for the boys' absence. Brooks persuaded Haney to attend a party at an address Corll had moved to on San Felipe Street the previous month.
David Brooks later stated he had assisted Corll in the abduction and murder of two youths during the time Corll resided at this address, including one youth who was killed "just before Wayne Henley came into the picture.
The identity of both of these two victims remains unknown. Henley was likely lured to Corll's address as an intended victim. According to Henley, the first abduction he participated in occurred during the time Corll resided at Schuler Street; an address Corll moved to in February Brooks later claimed that Henley became involved in the abductions while Corll resided at the address he had occupied immediately prior to Schuler Street. If Henley's statement is to be believed, the victim was abducted from the Heights in February or early March In the statement Henley gave to police following his arrest, the youth stated he and Corll picked up "a boy" at the corner of 11th and Studewood,  and lured him to Corll's home on the promise of smoking some marijuana with the pair.
At Corll's residence—using a ruse he and Corll had prepared—Henley cuffed his own hands behind his back, freed himself with a key hidden in his back pocket, then duped the youth into donning the handcuffs before observing Corll bind and gag him. Henley then left the youth alone with Corll, believing he was to be sold into the sexual slavery ring. Aguirre agreed and followed the trio to Corll's home in his Rambler. Inside Corll's house, Aguirre smoked marijuana with the trio before picking up a pair of handcuffs Corll had left on his table.
In response, Corll pounced on Aguirre, pushed him onto the table and cuffed his hands behind his back. In a interview, he claimed to have attempted to persuade Corll not to assault and kill Aguirre once Corll and Brooks had bound and gagged the youth.
However, Corll refused; informing Henley that he had raped, tortured and killed the previous victim he had assisted in abducting, and that he intended to do the same with Aguirre. Despite the revelations that Corll was, in reality, killing the boys whom he and Brooks had assisted in abducting, Henley nonetheless became an active participant in the abductions and murders.
Within one month, on April 20, , he assisted Corll and Brooks in the abduction of another youth; a year-old named Mark Scott. Scott—who was well known to both Henley and Brooks—was grabbed by force and fought furiously against attempts by Corll to restrain him, even attempting to stab his attackers with a knife. However, Scott saw Henley pointing a pistol toward him and, according to Brooks, Mark "just gave up.
Delome then pleaded with Henley, "Wayne, please don't! Both youths were buried at High Island Beach. Ridinger was tied to the plywood board, tortured and abused by Corll. Brooks later claimed he persuaded Corll to allow Ridinger to be released, and the youth was allowed to leave the residence.
On another occasion during the time Corll resided at Schuler Street, Henley knocked Brooks unconscious as he entered the house. Corll then tied Brooks to his bed and assaulted the youth repeatedly before releasing him.
After vacating the Schuler residence, Corll moved to an apartment at Westcott Towers, where, in the summer of , he is known to have killed a further two victims. The first of these victims, year-old Steven Sickman, was last seen leaving a party held in the Heights shortly before midnight on July Bunton was shot twice in the head and was also buried in the boat shed.
Neither youth was named by either Brooks or Henley as being a victim of Corll, and both youths were only identified as victims in That evening, Simoneaux is known to have phoned his mother's home and to have shouted the word "Mama" into the receiver  before the connection was terminated.
The following morning, Hembree was accidentally shot in the mouth by Henley. Several hours later, both youths were strangled to death and subsequently buried in a common grave inside Corll's boat shed directly above the bodies of James Glass and Danny Yates.
The following month, a year-old Heights youth named Richard Kepner disappeared on his way to a phone booth. Kepner was strangled and buried at High Island Beach. Altogether, a minimum of 10 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 were murdered between February and November ; five of whom were buried at High Island Beach, and five inside Corll's boat shed.
Within two weeks of moving into this address, he had killed a year-old named Joseph Lyles. Lyles was known to both Corll and Brooks. He had lived on Antoine Drive — the same street upon which Brooks resided in In addition, around the time of Lyles' murder, Henley had temporarily moved away from Houston to Mount Pleasant in an apparent effort to distance himself from Corll.
These facts may account for this sudden lull in killings. Four victims killed by Corll and his accomplices in were buried at this location Nonetheless, from June, Corll's rate of killings increased dramatically, and both Henley and Brooks later testified to the increase in the level of brutality of the murders committed while Corll resided at Lamar Drive. Henley later compared the acceleration in the frequency of killings and the increase in the brutality exhibited by Corll towards his victims to being "like a blood lust", adding that he and Brooks would instinctively know when Corll was to announce that he "needed to do a new boy", due to the fact that he would appear restless, smoking cigarettes and making reflex movements.
Less than two weeks later, a year-old named Raymond Stanley Blackburn was abducted, strangled and buried at Lake Sam Rayburn. According to Henley, these three abductions were the only three that occurred after his becoming an accomplice to Corll, in which David Brooks was not a participant. Henley himself later buried both youths' bodies in the boat shed.
Dreymala was abducted by Brooks and Corll while riding his bike in Pasadena and driven to Lamar Drive upon the pretense of collecting empty glass bottles to re-sell.
David Brooks later described Dreymala as a "small, blond boy" for whom he had bought a pizza and in whose company he had spent 45 minutes before the youth was attacked. Kerley—who was intended to be Corll's next victim—accepted the offer.
The two youths arrived at Corll's house, where they sniffed paint fumes and drank alcohol until midnight before leaving the house to purchase sandwiches. Henley exited the vehicle and walked towards the home of year-old Rhonda Williams, a friend of his, who had been beaten by her drunken father that evening, and who had decided to temporarily leave home until her father became sober.
The trio then drove towards Corll's Pasadena residence. The three teenagers began drinking and smoking marijuana, with Henley and Kerley also sniffing paint fumes  as Corll watched them intently. After approximately two hours, Henley, Kerley, and Williams each passed out. The shooting[ edit ] Henley awoke to find himself lying upon his stomach and Corll snapping handcuffs onto his wrists.