Every Monday, I'll present a new mystery. Some have been solved...some remain unsolved to this day. Today's mystery is one I had never heard of until recently...and I was a Girl Scout in the 70s. Warning: This one involves the deaths of young girls.
The horrible events of June 13, 1977 seem to have been forgotten for those who don't live near Tulsa, Oklahoma. But once you hear the story, you'll never forget it. Especially when you see the young, innocent faces of the victims.
Michelle Heather Guse, Lori Lee Farmer, and Doris Denise Milner were like any other girls between the ages of eight and ten. They had friends, families who loved them, and promising futures. They headed off to Camp Scott with no idea that just two months earlier, a camp director had found a note that threatened to kill three little girls. The director had assumed the note was a prank and tossed it.
Lori, Doris, and Michelle were assigned to Cabin 8, which was located farther from the counselor's tent than all the others.
On the evening of June 12, the girls wrote in their diaries and went to sleep. Just after midnight, one of the camp counselors was awakened by a strange sound. She described it as a guttural sound, not human but not like any animal she'd heard. She investigated, but couldn't find anything.
Others reported hearing the same guttural sound that night. One girl said she heard a young girl crying for her mom and others said a man looked into their tent and walked away.
The next morning, the camp counselor who had heard the strange noise left her tent early to take a shower. On her way, she noticed some strange items under a tree. She then saw some sleeping bags. She called the police.
At some point in the night, the girls had been taken from their tents, attacked, and murdered. A variety of clues led police to this man, an escaped convict who was living in the area at the time.
Although local authorities were certain of his guilt, a jury acquitted him. He was still serving his original sentence when he died while lifting weights in the prison yard. Although many people believe he did it, he was never found guilty of the crime, leaving the possibility that the murderer was never caught.
Perhaps most chilling of all was something Doris Milner's mom revealed in a documentary called Someone Cry for the Children. On her way to the camp, the girl asked her mother what would happen if everyone in the world died. Her mom said that couldn't happen, to which the little girl said, "Everyone's going to die tomorrow." The murder happened the next day.
What's the most haunting mystery you've ever heard?
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