36 Years Later, Another Victim Of The Candy Man Will Be Buried

Rederings of the last two unidentified Corll victims. The boy on the left will be buried Thursday.
Rederings of the last two unidentified Corll victims. The boy on the left will be buried Thursday.
Courtesy Harris County Medical Examiner


Just a couple of weeks ago we went on a Houston 101 nostalgia trip about Houston's most notorious mass murderer, Dean Corll.

Today in our e-mail-box comes word that one of Corll's victims will be buried Thursday.

Harris County announced today that one of the unidentified victims left over from Corll's sad list of 27 dead young boys will be buried in the county's potter's field. He is one of only two bodies left unidentified from the 1973 event.

Who is he? Says the county:

The victim being buried is described as a white male, 15-20 years of age at the time of his death. He had dark brown hair about 7 inches in length. Personal effects believed to be his are being included with the remains in burial. They include a brightly striped swimming suit, cowboy boots, corduroy slacks, and a rope bracelet. This body was retrieved from the infamous boatshed in southeast Houston.

A longhaired teen runaway who for whatever reason couldn't stay home and instead found hell, like all of Corll's victims.

Cindy Gabriel, spokesperson for the county's Community Services Department, which manages indigent burials, says the decision to bury the boy now is partly tied to hopes that publicity will bring relatives to contact authorities.

She says Sharon Derrick, an anthropologist with the medical examiner's office, pretty much adopted the cause of ID'ing the two remaining bodies.

"She says she's basically gotten all the DNA she can from this one, and it's time to let it go," Gabriel says.

The county says relatives of victims can come forward and give DNA samples to help identify the unknowns.

Today, DNA testing is advancing while the families associated with the crime are aging, creating a narrowing window of opportunity to bring closure to the families of the two remaining unidentified victims.

"We are running out of time to close this case," Derrick said. "The parents of these boys are elderly or deceased, but most of their siblings are still living and are wondering what happened."

The burial is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, 36 years after the killings were discovered.


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