Dean Corll

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Dean Corll
Dean Corll in 1964
Background information
Birth nameDean Arnold Corll
Also known asThe Candy Man
The Pied Piper
Born(1939-12-24)December 24, 1939
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
DiedAugust 8, 1973(1973-08-08) (aged 33)
Pasadena, Texas, U.S.
Cause of deathGunshot wounds to left chest and back. Homicide[1]
Number of victims28+
Span of killings1970–1973
CountryUnited States

Dean Arnold Corll[2] (December 24, 1939 – August 8, 1973) was an American serial killer. Along with David Owen Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr., he kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered at least 28 people. All of his victims were males aged 13 to 20. The killings took place between 1970 and 1973 in Houston, Texas. The crimes became known as the Houston Mass Murders. It came to light after Henley fatally shot Corll. Houston Mass Murders were considered the worst example of serial murder in American history.[3][4]

Corll was also known as the Candy Man and the Pied Piper. This was because he and his family had owned and operated a candy factory in Houston Heights. He had been known to give free candy to local children.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Horror Remains 20 Years Later, Memories of Dean Corll Haunt Survivor". Houston Chronicle. August 8, 1993. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2018.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. Bardsley, Marilyn. "Dean Corll". Crime Library. Archived from the original on December 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  3. "Residents of Houston Curbing Murder Talk". The Beaver County Times. UPI. August 16, 1973. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  4. Bovsun, Mark (June 28, 2008). "Lost Boys of Texas". Daily News. New York. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  5. Mass Murder in Houston, John K.Gurwell, p. 73