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Deana woodard

Victim Deana Woodard

Real Name: Unknown at episode time
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: March 7, 1988


Details: Two unidentified male teens began a murder spree that began in Gainesville, Texas, carried on to Farmersville, Texas, and then followed into Saratoga, Arkansas, resulting in the murders of four previously unconnected strangers. The police followed their pattern case-by-case.
At around 10AM on March 7, 1988, the two were seen looking around a car belonging to the father-in-law of Tommy Matthews and Kenny Davis. Two men, Matthews and Davis, confronted the teens and told them to leave. The two juveniles complied without incident. Just an hour later, a young woman named Deana Woodard was stabbed to death and nearly decapitated in Gainesville by the teens who left her infant abandoned in their home, stealing her vehicle and ditching it in a creek. They then went to a nearby Farmsville farmhouse belonging to 85-year-old Cecil Morrison and his 62-year-old son Cecil Leonard. They broke into the house and beat and tortured the men for over an hour before shooting them to death. The teens then stole the older mens' truck which they again drove into water at around 9pm.

Gainesville killer's earring

Killer's Earring

Crossing over into Arkansas, at 10PM the two men arrived at a trailer owned by Kenneth Olden, where they asked for help with their broken down truck. The two teens left with Kenneth and then shot and killed him, once again stealing a vehicle they dumped elsewhere, this time in Oklahoma.
Nothing about these deaths and thefts made any sense to the Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma state police. The only clue to the killers' identities is an earring that they left in Cecil Morrison's truck. Artie Lee Renfroe ll came forward claiming that he had owned the earring but had given it to another boy named John Colwell who had lived just a few yards from Deana Woodard's trailer. John claimed that he did not know what happened to the earrings. Authorities did however find out that two teens matching the killers' descriptions were seen walking away from the Colwell home on the morning of the murders.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the March 28, 1990 episode.

Crockett and henry

Crockett (left) and Henry (right)

Results: Captured. On February 1, 1990, eighteen-year-old William Glen Henry was arrested after his fingerprints matched those found in Kenneth Olden's car. He soon identified his accomplice as nineteen-year-old David Lynn Crockett, who was arrested nine days later. Crockett later led investigators to Deana Woodard's car. The most stunning part of their murder spree was that they committed the cold-blooded crimes just because they were bored. Henry pled guilty to three counts of first degree murder and on April 21 was sentenced to two consecutive life terms, and just a few months later, Crockett was also sentenced to two life terms for the murders. Both Henry and Crockett are now serving their prison terms at Beto Correctional Facility near Tennessee Colony, Texas. Henry was denied parole in February 1, 2005 and on February 18, 2005, Crockett was granted an additional ten years for being in possession of a weapon.

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