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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.

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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.

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At the time a 7-year-old Girl Scout, the woman behind 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."

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Audio version: Girl Scout Murders 40 years later Chapter 6

Gene LeRoy Hart, who had been acquitted of murdering three Tulsa-area Girl Scouts at Camp Scott near Locust Grove, died of a heart attack in the state penitentiary.


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.

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