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The serial killer's apprentice : the true story of how Houston's deadliest murderer turned a kid into a killing machine   Cover Image Book Book

The serial killer's apprentice : the true story of how Houston's deadliest murderer turned a kid into a killing machine / Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ulmann.

Ramsland, Katherine, (author.). Ullman, Tracy. (Added Author).


Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr. was only fourteen when he first became entangled with serial rapist and murderer Dean Corll in 1971. Fellow Houston, Texas, teenager David Brooks had already been ensnared by the charming older man, bribed with cash to help lure boys to Corll's home. When Henley unwittingly entered the trap, Corll evidently sensed he'd be of more use as a second accomplice than another victim. He baited Henley with the same deal he'd given Brooks: $200 for each boy they could bring him.Henley didn't understand the full extent of what he had signed up for at first. But once he started, Corll convinced him that he had crossed the line of no return and had to not only procure boys but help kill them and dispose of the bodies, as well. When Henley first took a life, he lost his moral base. He felt doomed. By the time he was seventeen, he'd helped with multiple murders and believed he'd be killed, too. But on August 8, 1973, he picked up a gun and shot Corll. When he turned himself in, Henley showed police where he and Brooks had buried Corll's victims in mass graves. Twenty-eight bodies were recovered—most of them boys from Henley's neighborhood—making this the worst case of serial murder in America at the time. The case reveals gross failures in the way cops handled parents' pleas to look for their missing sons and how law enforcement possibly protected a larger conspiracy.

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  • ISBN: 9781613164952
  • ISBN: 1613164955
  • Physical Description: 306 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Crime Ink, 2024.

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Formatted Contents Note:
Author's note -- Killing the candy man -- Bait a kid, make a killer -- Enter henley -- No easy out -- The candy man -- Trials and troubles -- The right hook -- Closer than they appear -- Acknowledgments -- Bibliography -- Appendix A: photos -- Appendix b: the victims locations and identifications -- Appendix c: David brooks statements -- Appendix D: Elmer wayne henley jr. statements -- Index.
Subject: Corll, Dean, 1939-1973.
Serial murderers > Texas > Houston.
Serial murders > Texas > Houston.
Genre: TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers.

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