The podcast Late Edition: Crime Beat Chronicles will feature the Tulsa World's coverage of the Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders.
The stories on the anniversary of the Girl Scout murders at Camp Scott were excellent, excellent, excellent (Camp Scott series, June 11-16).
Reporter Tim Stanley explains why and how he approached writing about the deaths of Lori Farmer, Denise Milner and Michele Guse at a Girl Scout camp four decades ago. He started with the families.
June 13, 1977, remains one of the darkest days in Oklahoma history. On that morning, the bodies of Denise Milner, 10, Lori Farmer, 8, and Michele Guse, 9, were found under a tree near Camp Scott in Locust Grove. It was a day that changed the lives of three families and touched every person in Oklahoma.
The anticipated trial furthered divisions among Hart supporters and those convinced of his guilt, and by the time it finally kicked off in March 1979, emotions were running high, with national media attention only adding to it.
Did the killer or killers of three Tulsa-area Girl Scouts in June 1977 actually announce the crimes two months before they were committed? "It's just hard to know," said the woman who found the note.
At the time a 7-year-old Girl Scout, the woman behind campscottmurders.com said the murders shook everyone, adults and children alike. "We were 30 miles away, but it felt pretty much next door," she said. "At 7, it was like the boogie man was right outside — like the boogie man was going after Girl Scouts."
Questions lingered over whether justice was served, and even advancing DNA technology has not, to date, brought conclusive answers. But a new round of testing is currently being done, paid for by private funds donated by Mayes County residents.
"None of us knew whether he did it or didn't. ... We were shocked that they didn't have any more (evidence) than what they had," one juror said a year after Gene Leroy Hart was acquitted. Hart died two months after the verdict, maintaining to the end his innocence in the Girl Scout murders.
"I was expecting something civilized, I guess," Bettye Milner said. "I thought it would be about facts. It was like watching a movie, like everybody was performing. It was like the one who gave the best performance was the winner."
U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch sentenced Terry Nichols, 43, to life in prison for his role in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City.
A former Tulsan says a film he
’s planning will not "sensationalize" but rather solve the 1977 murders of three Girl Scouts in Mayes County, as he intends to identify the killer.
The rape and murder of three area Girl Scouts in 1977 triggered
the sale of Camp Scott and upgrades in security measures at the new
camp, an official said
In a wavy line stretched a mile or so along the road running west from Oklahoma 82, the rag-tag brotherhood of volunteers surged onto the smooth pastures toward Camp Scott and the woods beyond.
Worried parents who had been called by Scout officials or who has heard news reports of the three murders at Camp Scott began to gather at the Scout office before noon.
Mayes County Sheriff Pete Weaver said the girls had been in a tent unit, which houses four girls, and the other girls were not awakened by any disturbance during the night.
All three of the girls were beaten. Lori and Michele were reportedly struck on the back of the head, probably while they were asleep inside the tent.