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Serial Killer Elmer Wayne Henley is up for parole

HOUSTON (FOX 26) -An infamous serial killer is up for parole. Elmer Wayne Henley participated in a plot that ultimately took the lives of almost 30 Houston-area teenagers. Many of them vanished from The Heights in the early 1970s. One of them was an 18 year old named Frank Aguirre. One month shy of graduation, Aguirre clocked out of his job at a Heights fast-food restaurant and vanished.”He was fun,” recalled his younger sister, Deborah Aguirre. “He was fun-loving, had a lot of friends. And Henley was one of them.”

Frank Aguirre didn’t know it, but Elmer Wayne Henley was helping an older man, Dean Corll, satisfy his sadistic desires.

 “[Henley] was the one that sought out the boys, brought them there,” said Houston victim advocate Andy Kahan, “knowing full well that they were going to be not only abducted, raped and tortured, but eventually murdered in a horrific manner.”

And so it continued. For three years.

Boys from the working class Heights would go missing. Many of them were friends of Elmer Wayne Henley.

 “Couple months after my brother disappeared, [Henley] actually did come back to our house,” remembered Deborah Aguirre. “[He] asked my mother, ‘Have you heard anything?’ He knew where my brother was. He helped bury him.”

Police eventually found them – bodies stacked upon bodies – but only after Henley shot Corll dead on the heels of an argument.

“Even though he got six life sentences in 1973 — in 1980, because of the way the statutes were written, he was eligible for parole,” said Kahan.

Life needs to mean life!

 It’s unprecedented, says Kahan, but this is the 20th time Henley has come up for parole.

Through a quirk in the law, he adds, while murderers can be set-off up to five years until their next review, capital murderers can only be set-off three years, max.

“Criminal justice and logic sometimes don’t meet. This is living proof of that.”

It’s a joyless hamster wheel for folks like Deborah Aguirre. They’re constantly battling to keep behind bars Henley and his accomplice, David Brooks.

 The victims’ relatives now have a Facebook page devoted to denying the killers parole.

I have tried to friend them.

And Aguirre has just a few questions she wants to ask the panel that will ultimately decide Henley’s fate, this summer.

  • “Would you want this guy living next door to you?
  • Do you have small children?
  • Do you have little boys? Because that’s what he likes.”

She hopes to have her say in August at Henley’s review.

But it will give her no more joy than visiting her brother’s burial plot at Forest Park Lawndale.

Deborah at Frank’s grave

“It’s hard to go there,” said Deborah Aguirre. “That’s all we have left is a headstone.”

The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office told FOX 26 News that two victims of the murderous trio remain unidentified, to this day.

The ME’s office is actively seeking DNA samples from the families of young men who disappeared, here in Houston, between 1970 and 1973.

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David Owen Brooks Denied Parole

ANGLETON, Texas — Relatives who were told a Houston serial killer may be days away from release expressed relief as his parole was turned down just hours after they addressed Texas Parole Board members, Local 2 Investigates reported Friday.

“I think we got some action, some positive action, from the meeting,” said James Dreymala, whose 13-year-old son, Stanton, was the last victim to die in the 1973 killing spree.

He and other relatives addressed a Texas Board of Pardons and Parole panel member in Angleton Friday, near the prison where David Owen Brooks is serving a life sentence in the killings of at least 29 boys from the Houston Heights.

“I think he’s a human being, and I left it with the fact that any person with any feelings whatsoever would vote no on his parole,” said Dreymala.

His family said that a parole board member told them that parole was likely days away for Brooks, but that attitude changed after Local 2 Investigates reported on the case Thursday night.

Parole Board member Cornith Davis, who was appointed by the governor, shook the families’ hands and told them he had just met with Brooks behind bars Friday as he prepared to make a decision.

Brooks is serving a life term, along with Elmer Wayne Henley, for rounding up boys for serial killer Dean Corrl to torture and kill at a Pasadena home. The crime spree was discovered in 1973 when Henley shot and killed Corrl at that home.

Dreymala’s sister, who was 9 years old when her brother was murdered, said after the meeting that, “I feel like things have changed.”

“I just feel like he’s aware that there’s a lot of power behind us, and that there’s a lot of people that feel the same as we do that, not just victims’ families, but members of society, that don’t want to see him out of prison,” she said.

Facebook page set up by the family to drum up support proudly announced the parole board’s ruling Friday.

Two of the three members of the parole board panel assigned to the case in Angleton cast votes against the parole Friday after the family’s meeting, which formally turned down Brooks’ parole.

 Davis also told the family that he spoke to a relative of Brooks’, who contacted him after the Local 2 Investigates report, and she also urged that parole be denied.

 Brooks will be eligible for parole again in three years. This now makes at least 18 times that his parole has been denied since his 1975 conviction.

James Dreymala said, “I want to see him stay there until he dies, personally.”

 The parole board did turn down the family’s request to have the time between each parole review extended. Instead of being up for parole every three years, they asked the board to extend that to five years between each review.

The board turned down that request.

 Outside the parole board panel meeting in Angleton, city of Houston crime victim’s advocate Andy Kahan said, “There’s no reason for this family and other families to be put through this procedure every few years when it’s within the board’s discretion to give this family more time to heal and go about their lives. This is what you would call a no-brainer case, not to release a serial killer and there’s no reason to every few years to be up here taking the time and resources.”

He said the parole board only extends the time to the state maximum, five years between each parole review, in a fraction of one percent of the eligible murder cases statewide.

 The relatives of Stanton Dreymala said they will meet face to face with parole board members in the same fashion any time that Brooks or Henley come up for parole in the future.

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I just can not understand why these families have to keep going through these hearings. Even his own family does not trust him to be out on the streets.

He claims he never killed anyone, but he brought those boys to Corill to be killed. Even if you believe Brooks what he admits to is no different than if he fed the to pigs alive.

From Time Magazine

In all, I guess there were between 25 and 30 boys killed, and they were buried in three different places. I was present and helped bury many of them but not all of them . . . On the first one at Sam Rayburn [Reservoir] I helped bury him, and then the next one we took to Sam Rayburn. When we got there, Dean and Wayne found that the first one had come to the surface and either a foot or a hand was above the ground. When they buried this one the second time, they put some type of rock sheet on top of him to keep him down.

—David Owen Brooks, in his statement to Texas police.

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He minimizes his role every time he speaks.

He guesses there were 25-30? He seems to have so much compassion for the victims doesn’t he?

I agree with Mr. Dreymala, keep him locked up until he dies.


David Brooks was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1955. Like Wayne Henley and Dean Corll, he was the product of a broken home. His parents were divorced in the early 1960s when David was only five years old. He spent part of his time in Houston with his father and the rest of the time with his mother in Beaumont.

Wayne Henley (right), David Brooks (left)

Wayne Henley (left), David Brooks (right)

Despite the divorce of his parents, David had a promising beginning as a student, making excellent grades in elementary school. Then in junior high, his grades plummeted. Around this time, he became associated with Dean Corll, who paid him for his sexual favors. Corll had such a grip on the young man that he dropped out of high school shortly after he started so that he could spend all of his free time with Corll.

A sympathetic (IMO) look at David and Wayne from the Crime Library.

Only 3 years to go until his next chance at freedom.

A Sister Mourns

Houstonian’s brother left for a party in 1972, and became a serial sadist’s nameless victim



Sandy Henrichs was 14 when her brother, Steven, disappeared. Now 53, she regrets squabbling with him earlier that day, but also strong is her anger at the Houston police: “They didn’t do anything.”

“My journey since I was 14 years old was to bring him home,” said Henrichs, “but not in this fashion.”

In the early 1970s, Corll orchestrated — along with accomplices Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks — the sexual torture and murder of what authorities believe to be at least 29 teenage boys and young men. Remains were found at three mass grave sites. Two victims have yet to be identified.

Sickman was last seen July 19, 1972, about a year before Corll’s murderous rampage came to light. On the day he disappeared, Sickman, 17, and his sister had been squabbling at their home near West 34th Street and the Northwest Freeway. He called her names and snapped a towel at her while she did the dishes.

“We were a typical brother and sister,” Henrichs recalled at her Katy home. “We picked on each other and we aggravated each other.”

Sickman later tried to make amends, even promising to take his younger sister to Astroworld.

“He apologized to me that day. It was the first time he ever apologized,” Henrichs said.

Later that evening, she watched as her brother left to attend a party with his friends.

“I was the last one to see him,” she said, with a slight catch in her voice.

Henrichs said her family immediately reported Sickman missing after he didn’t return home. The Houston Police Department didn’t seem particularly interested because he was 17, she said.

HPD ‘would just hang up’

Relatives searched their northwest Houston neighborhood and talked to Sickman’s friends. And as Corll’s story started making headlines, Sickman’s mother kept pressing police.

“Over time, they would just hang up on her,” Henrichs recalled.

Corll’s killing frenzy ended on Aug. 8, 1973. Henley, then 17, told police he grabbed a pistol and opened fire that night after realizing that he was now considered the prey during one of the torture sessions in Corll’s house.

Henley led investigators to the victims, who had been buried in shallow graves in a southeast Houston boat shed, on High Island, and in the woods near Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas.

Henley and Brooks are serving life sentences in prison.

Sickman was not listed among Corll’s victims during the early stages of the investigation.

“There were some individuals who were so badly decomposed that there wasn’t a lot to go on,” said Sharon Derrick, a forensic anthropologist with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Mistaken conclusion

In 1994, medical examiners, relying on early DNA testing and a physical examination, concluded that one of the bodies found in the boat shed was that of a 17-year-old named Mark Scott, and it was later handed over to his family.

As it turned out, however, Derrick was to discover that those remains were actually Steven Sickman’s.

After being hired in 2006 as a forensic anthropologist, Derrick asked to be assigned to the Corll case. She eventually came across a missing persons report for Sickman.

“Everything fell into place,” Derrick said. She was sure that he was one of the victims, but a DNA test on remains still left unclaimed was not a match.

“Then we started looking at the Mark Scott identification,” Derrick said. “I felt that Mark Scott’s remains were also consistent with Steven Sickman’s. Even the teeth looked a little similar.”

Henley had always maintained that Scott was not one of the victims in the boat house, Derrick said.

Another round of more advanced and sophisticated DNA testing was ordered in 2010. Samples were taken from relatives of both Scott and Sickman.

Feels for both families

Derrick contacted both families in March of this year once she learned of the match for Sickman.

“It was a relief, but then, of course, I started bawling,” Henrichs said. “It was very hard for me to believe.”

Scott’s family could not be reached for comment. Henrichs said she has spoken to them.

“Now they’re dealing with, ‘Where is our son?’ ” she said. “This has been very traumatic for all of us.”

No remains for Scott

Even as she plans the trip to her mother’s home in Missouri for her brother’s memorial service, Henrichs remains angry at the way she feels Houston police treated her family over the years.

“They didn’t do anything. They didn’t talk to anybody,” she said.

Derrick said two of Corll’s victims have yet to be identified. The DNA match for Sickman also means investigators have no remains on hand for Scott, who was named by Henley as a victim.

Derrick said she won’t give up her quest to offer some measure of comfort to the grieving families.

“I just feel the need to follow through with this and get some answers for families who have never known,” she said.

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