The murder case of the three Tulsa-area Girl Scouts at Camp Scott in Locust Grove, has the killer as Gene LeRoy Hart, he died in the State Penitentiary of a heart attack.
Gene LeRoy was serving a sentence of 145 to 305 years in prison for rape, abduction, and burglary unconnected to the June 13, 1977, murders.
The girls were murdered without mercy, as it shook the greater Oklahoma region and the national Girl Scout organization. They were on a camping trip in 1977.
The sad deaths are still being discussed today, courtesy of an upcoming ABC News/Hulu documentary and recent statements from actress Kristin Chenoweth, who stated that she got as close as she could to attending that deadly trip over five decades ago.
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Gene Leroy Hart is known as the prime suspect of the case, a native Cherokee who grew up about a mile from Camp Scott. Hart, a fugitive at the murder, escaped from Mayes County Jail in 1973.
He was detained in Mayes County for a different incident in which he was convicted of kidnapping and raping two pregnant women and four charges of first-degree burglary.
Wikipedia shows that the three Girl Scouts – Lori Lee Farmer, 8, Doris Denise Milner, 10, and Michele Heather Guse, 9 — were raped and killed on June 13, 1977, at Camp Scott in Mayes County, Oklahoma.
A counselor at the camp discovered her stuff looted and a letter inside an empty doughnut box that stated, “We are on a mission to kill three girls intent one” less than two months before this incident. At the time, the message was dismissed as nothing more than a hoax.
Camp Scott was evacuated and closed when the girls’ remains were discovered. Hart went on trial in March 1979 after being labeled the primary suspect in the rapes and killings of three teenage Girl Scouts.
The local police were extremely confident of Hart’s guilt at the time, a lack of convincing evidence meant that he was never convicted of the killings.
Hart was not off the hook, as he still had 305 years of his 308-year sentence to serve for his past offenses at Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Hart died of a heart attack on June 4, 1979, while jogging in the jail yard. He was 35 years old.
It took nearly four decades for further convincing DNA evidence to the surface, confirming Hart’s culpability.
Sheriff Reed stated that the information has been known since 2019, but he did not make it public until the victims’ families sought it due to a new ABC News documentary series on the atrocities.
The series, which is planned to launch on Hulu in the summer of 2022, will give an unparalleled look at the case, including direct evidence from many of those engaged at the time.