Misidentified Mass Murder Victim's Body To Be Exhumed UPDATE: Bodies Identified As Roy Bunton and Steven Sickman

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A serial killer who targeted teenage boys and young men created a grisly chapter in Houston's history. Now a portion of that history is about to be revisited.

Experts have been working for years to identify the remains of all 27 known victims of the 1973 mass slayings linked to Dean Corll, Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks. According to Harris County officials, all but two of those bodies have been identified and reunited with their families. But now, new information has revealed that one of the bodies buried soon after the discovery was incorrectly identified.

According to the Police News, brothers Michael Baulch and Billy Gene Baulch, Jr. both fell victim in the mass murders. Based on information available at the time of the investigation, the boys' bodies were identified and buried together. It has now come to light that the remains identified as Michael were not the right body. Of those bodies that had remained unidentified for decades, DNA testing has now shown one of those is actually Michael.

According to the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office, an exhumation is being planned for later this fall. The body previously identified as Michael will be removed for further testing, in the hopes of positively identifying that victim.

Due to recent forensic advances two of the remains were identified decades after the crime. The first was Mark Scott in 1994.

In September 2007, computerized clay facial images of the three remaining victims were completed by the FACES Laboratory at Louisiana State University.

In May 2008, Dr. Sharon Derrick an anthropologist with the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office collected DNA samples from two sisters of a suspected victim. Forensic advances and recent investigative work led to the identification of the victim as Randell Harvey. Harvey was released to his siblings for burial in November 2008.

A remaining unidentified victim was buried in November 2009. He is described as a white male, 15-20 years of age at the time of his death. He had dark brown hair about seven inches in length. Personal effects believed to be his were included with the remains in burial. They include a brightly striped swimming suit, cowboy boots, corduroy slacks and a rope bracelet. This body was retrieved from the infamous boatshed in southeast Houston.

At the time the murders were discovered, in 1973, it was the largest number of victims attributed to a serial killer in United States history. Most of his victims were boys or young men who lived in the Heights. His crimes came to light only when Corll was shot and killed. Henley confessed to the killing.

At the time, Henley was a teenage boy who had helped lure other boys to Corll's home. Henley and Brooks, convicted for participating in the murders are currently serving life sentences. The "Houston Mass Murders" received considerable national and international attention in the 1970's.



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The Harris County Medical Examiner is getting ready to dig up two graves of murder victims to finally reunite two brothers. The boys were victims of Houston serial killer Dean Corll in the 1970s, and decades ago one of them was misidentified.
Dean Corll's been dead for 37 years. And yet from the grave Houston's worst serial killer can still haunt families.

Corll's accomplice Elmer Wayne Henley said, "He raped them, killed them and then buried them."

Corll's story unfolded for days on TV in 1973 after his accomplice Elmer Wayne Henley killed Corll and led police to 27 graves all over Houston.

According to Henley they'd been lured to parties at Corll's home, drugged, tied to torture boards sometimes for days, raped and eventually killed. Police were able to identify most of the decomposed bodies. They were all teenage boys - among them two brothers Michael and Billy Baulch.

The brothers were just two of Corll's more than two dozen victims. For 37 years, their family thought the brothers were here side by side in an unmarked grave at Woodlawn Cemetery. But as it turns out, one of those brothers was misidentified and has been in an unmarked pauper's grave at the Harris County cemetery.

Dr. Sharon Derrick with the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office said, "It was quite a surprise because the IDs, even with what they had to work with, were very good. We had no idea there would be one that wasn't strong. & It was an 'oh my gosh' moment."

For the last few years, the Harris County Medical Examiner's anthropology experts have been looking at the cases with the help of new DNA testing abilities. When they started comparing old case notes on the cases with old evidence they realized the mistake. They will now have to exhume bodies from two cemeteries to reunite a family and hopefully figure out who the unknown victim is.

"We don't know," said Dr. Derrick. "We have a few names we've been working on over time. But we haven't found family to tell us if those people are alive."

The medical examiner got help from a reporter Barbara Gibson to dig through the files. The ME hopes to exhume the bodies sometime in October.

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BREAKING NEWS! One of the "Houston Mass Murder" victims that Texas Crime News discovered as being misidentified (back in May, 2010) as Michael Baulch has been correctly identified by the ME's Office through DNA as Roy Bunton. Our research and interview with Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr. in October, 2010, also helped discover that a 2nd victim had been misidentified as Mark Scott. DNA tests confirmed that these remains were in fact Steven Sickman. We pray that our dedicated work and research continues to bring closure to family members that have searched decades for their missing loved one. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.
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