Gainesville killer route

Route of the Gainesville Killers

Real Names: Unknown at the time of the broadcast
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: March 7, 1988


Details: Two unidentified male teens committed 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 10 am on March 7, 1988, the suspects were seen in Gainesville, looking around a car belonging to the father-in-law of Tommy Matthews and Kenny Davis. Tommy and Kenny confronted the teens, who said that they were looking to use a phone. Kenny said that there was no phone in the car; he told them to leave. The suspects complied and left the scene without incident.

Deana woodard

Deana Woodard

Just an hour later, and 200 feet from where Tommy and Kenny saw the suspects, a twenty-three-year-old woman named Deana Woodard returned to her trailer and was stabbed to death and nearly decapitated. The killers left her infant abandoned in their home, stole her blue Thunderbird, drove it sixty miles south, and ditched it in an unknown location.
They then went to a nearby Farmsville farmhouse belonging to 85-year-old Cecil Floyd Morrison and his 62-year-old son Cecil Leonard Morrison. They broke into the house and beat and tortured the men for over an hour. Then, they shot both men to death with a gun stolen from Deana's home. The killers then stole the Morrisons' beige Chevrolet pickup truck which they drove into a lake at around 9 pm. They also throw Deana's guns into the water.

Gainesville killer's earring

Killer's Earring

Crossing over into Arkansas, a witness sees them multiple times, walking along a highway. At 10 pm, the two men arrived at a trailer in Saratoga owned by Kenneth "Kenny" Olden, where they asked for help with their broken down truck. Kenny's girlfriend Brenda witnessed the two teens leaving with him. A few minutes later, they shot and killed him, once again stealing a vehicle, this time a 1983 Mustang. They dumped the Mustang in a creek in Brown Springs, Oklahoma. Footprints were found in the mud near the car.
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 two-hundred yards from Deana Woodard's trailer. However, the Colwell family had moved just a month before the murders. 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.
Authorities are still searching for the killers, as they fear that they may strike again.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the March 28, 1990 episode.

Crockett and henry

Henry (left) and Crockett (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 pleaded guilty to three counts of first degree murder and on April 21 was sentenced to two consecutive life terms. 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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