David Owen Brooks

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David Brooks
David Brooks (right). August 1973
Background information
Birth nameDavid Owen Brooks
Born(1955-02-12)February 12, 1955
Houston, Texas, U.S.
DiedMay 28, 2020(2020-05-28) (aged 65)
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Cause of deathCOVID-19
Penalty99 years[1] (1975)
Spouse(s)Bridget Clark Brooks
Killings
Number of victims1 (convicted)
Span of killingsDecember 13, 1970–August 3, 1973
CountryUnited States
State(s)Texas
Date apprehendedAugust 9, 1973

David Owen Brooks (February 12, 1955 – May 28, 2020)[2] was an American convicted murderer. Working with serial killer Dean Corll, who, along with Elmer Wayne Henley Jr., abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered at least 28 boys and young men in a series of killings from 1970 to 1973 in Houston, Texas.

The crimes, which became known as the Houston Mass Murders.

Many of the victims had been friends of Brooks and Henley. At the time of their discovery, the Houston Mass Murders were seen as the worst example of serial murder in American history.[3]

In the years since his 1975 conviction, Brooks was repeatedly denied parole (most lately in 2018).[4][5][6] He was next eligible for parole in 2028.[7]

Brooks died of COVID-19 on May 28, 2020 in a Galveston, Texas hospital while serving out his life sentence. He was 65.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The horror remains/20 years later, memories of Dean Corll haunt survivor 08/08/1993 | Archives | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  2. "David Owen Brooks". The Texas Tribune. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  3. "Residents of Houston Curbing Murder Talk". The Beaver County Times. UPI. August 16, 1973. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  4. "Houston serial killer Dean Corll's accomplice David Brooks could be paroled". Houston Chronicle. December 5, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  5. Rhor, Monica (February 15, 2015). ""Houston Mass Murders" killer denied parole". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  6. White, Grace (January 3, 2018). "Family of victim fights against serial killer up for parole". KHOU. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  7. Blakinger, Keri (February 11, 2018). "Accomplice to sadistic killer behind Houston Mass Murders again denied parole". Houston Chronicle.
  8. "David Brooks, accomplice in Houston Mass Murders, dies at 65 of COVID-19". khou.com.