The story of the Girl Scout Murders sounds like the plot of a bad B movie. Three young girls are rapped and murdered while away at summer camp, the counselors slept through the whole assault. The police are confused about how and why the crime occurred in the first place. The prime suspect is known to police because of his previous history of sexual violence.
Instead of being a horror movie, the Girl Scout Murders was an actual crime that occurred in Oklahoma in 1977. The victims were all young girls; the prime suspect may or may not have actually committed the crime because he was eventually acquitted of any wrong doing in this case, the case remains officially unsolved.
Athena Reserch Group focuses primarily on “ritualistic” or “occult” type crimes. While there does not appear to be any ritual type elements contained in this case, the background of the case and elements involved give it a weird factor of 10.
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Case Outline Date:
June 12, 1977
Location: Girl Scout Camp Scott. Kiown Section located at the western most end of the 410-acre property.
This location may have been chosen because of its remoteness.
The closest tent to the crime scene was 75 feet away; the nearest consoler tent was 100 yards away.
Michele Heather Guse Age 9
Doris Denise Milner Age 10
Lori Lee Farmer Age 8
Events Leading Up to the Crime
a man's effigy was found hanging from a tree by its neck; personal items were disappearing from tents.
The most interesting event was the discovery of a note in April; it read "we are on a mission to kill 3 girls in tent 1". The note was considered a prank and never given to police.
a storm had hit and area around 6pm causing heavy rain. Because of the weather the campers were sent back to their tents.
Approximately 1:30AM moaning was heard near Kiowa. Carla a camp consoler checked out the noise and described it as a low guttural moaning. It would stop whenever the beam of her flashlight came near.
Carla was standing at the intersection of the trail, 150 yards from tent 8 and a dirt road leading to the main camp.
Approximately 2AM the tent flap of #7 was opened. Three of the girls inside were sleeping. The fourth girl stated that she noticed a beam of light moving about the interior from outside, with the silhouette of a large figure behind it. The figure moved off toward tent # 8.
Moaning sounds were heard throughout the night. Not just by those in the Kiowa section but in four other units of the camp.
Approximately 3AM a girl in the Cherokee section across the woods heard a scream come from the direction of Kiowa about two city blocks away. A girl in Quapaw also heard a scream. The scream seemed to be momma. Momma.
The girl thought it may have been the voice of Lori Farmer
approximately 6AM Carla found sleeping bags under a tree near the intersection in a pile.
Doris Milner was found nude from the waist down; her PJ top was pulled up underneath her arms. Her hands had been tied behind her back with duct tape and she had been beaten about the face.
Around her neck a cord and an elastic bandage were visible. A round cylinder shaped object about four inches long made of terrycloth was attached to the cord. The elastic bandage had been used as a blindfold, the terrycloth object as a gag.
Michele Heather Guse and Lori Farmer were found inside their sleeping bags. Both bodies had been bound into a tight compact fetal like position.
Guse and Farmer's sleeping bags contained bloody bed sheets that had been used by the killer to wipe down the blood found on the wood floor of the tent.
Also found a roll of black duct tape and a flashlight the murder had discarded.
Jack Shroff was the owner of a farm two miles west of Camp Scott; his house had been broken into some of the items taken were a sash cord, a roll of duct tape, three bottles of beer and three identical crowbars. The beer bottles were later found empty on the campgrounds.
Outside shroff's door a jungle boot style print was found. It matched other boot prints found near the crime scene.
An other print had been found on the blood soaked floor of tent 8
Boot Print Size 10
Shoe Print (possible tennis shoe) size 7
Cause of Death:
Guse and Farmer were killed inside the tent. Struck by a heavy blunt object in the back of their heads while they slept.
Milner may have been led out of the tent, raped then killed. When found her face had been beaten with such force that the object left behind an impression. She had died on the trial. Her cause of death was blunt force trauma not strangulation.
At autopsy it was revealed that two different types of knots had reportedly been used, head wounds on two of the victims indicated two different blunt instruments.
Physical evidence left behind at the crime scene and evidence recovered during autopsy indicates that two offenders were involved in the crime.
The nature of the crime scene, a mixed scene, all of the equipment necessary to commit the crime was brought along, yet no steps were taken to conceal the crime after it was committed also indicates that two offenders were involved.
This crime is one that would have been planned months, possibly years in advance. The killers were good friends, this isn't the kind of thing that you talk about or consider doing with someone you just met. Because of the remoteness of the crime scene, the offenders knew the area well; they were either avid hunters or lived or worked in the area.
The offenders would have left the area immediately after the crime.
One of both of the offender's would have a history of sexual assault, possibly involving children.
This may not have been the first murder for one of both of the offenders.
This level of violence indicates that, these offenders were not new to murder; they had been involved in some type of violent crime previous to this one.
Gene Leroy Hart was a Cherokee Indian and high school football hero from Locust Grove. In June of 1966 Hart kidnapped two women outside a Tulsa nightclub and left them to die. They were able to escape and notified police.
Hart was sentenced in October 1966 and paroled in March 1969, was arrested again after being caught burglarizing homes. Hart was able to escape custody in 1973.
He was tried for the camp Scott murders and found not guilty on March 30, 1979, however he was sent back to prison to sever out his 308-year sentence for his previous crimes.
Heart later died in prison.