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Phoenix, Arizona
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Monday, August 13, 1973
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- w REPUBLTC; BULLDOG B-2 The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Monday, Aug. 13, 1973 13 Texas families wrestle with tragedy Associated Press shocked that they would go the expense to prosecute him When Fred and Dorothy Hilligiest, both 51, called the " police on May 30, 1971, to say of HOUSTON Thirteen she said. "He would ask if we had heard anything. And he would look off into the distance. Looking back I can see he was carrying a burden he was trying to sedate." The Hilligiests have raised the 23 may have lived here, in one leftover neighborhood, where the sleek brown Lincoln belonging to Wayne Henley's lawyer is clearly out of place. Thirteen families anticipate mourning their lost sons, confused and bitter because they feel the police were indifferent to their cries for help when their children were first missed. Quietly now they wait for word that the mass grave some 15 miles away, or the other sandy graves scattered in this area of Texas, have indeed yielded the remains of their brutalized and slain sons. They wrestle with the fact but they couldn't afford to go out and look for our boy." , . - "This whole summer we felt so heavy - hearted," Dorothy Hilligiest said. "We kept our hopes up. We told ourselves that people get to feeling different around the holidays. Maybe we'd hear something Christmas. Then maybe Easter. Maybe when school starts. We tied everything to the seasons. . . . "And then Fred woke up one night. He had been crying in his sleep. It was David's birthday," she recalled. - And finally Wednesday. Dorothy had just returned from the hospital where her sister was in a coma. Someone called and said David's name had been mentioned in that their son, David, 13, hadn't come home, they were told he was probably staying with a friend. Call back the next day, they were told. "That wasn't David's nature," his mother said, incredulity on her face. "I couldn't get over that they didn't get out and look for him. After all he's a human being, he's a child." But in her heart, she said, "I feared immediately that something had happened to him. He wouldn't have stayed away on his own. He was excited. There were just four more days of school and we were going on vacation, and we were all looking forward to it." six children in that house. Two boys remain. Mre. Hilligiest recalls with quiet horror that after David's disappearance, Wayne Henley once suggested obliquely that he might take Gregory, 12, fishing with him some day. The Hilligiests have spent thousands of dollars from their meager funds in their search for their son. They offered a $1,000 reward, had circulars and pictures printed, hired a private investigator. Fred made repeated trips to Freeport, 50 miles south, to check out any and every clue. How could 13 boys whose paths crossed in school, on the streets, at a candy shop, a swimming pool, disappear without raising a general alarm? Dorothy says, "I think the the television news. She called the channel.. They said call the police. This time she wasn't switched to the missing persons bureau. This time she was switched to homicide. They had already pulled David's file, she recalled. The o f f i c e r on the other end sounded: shaken. He said he wished that she didn't have to hear it this way, that they were sending a man out with the word. . ; Dorothy recalls saying only, ; . - Repuclic pholo The nearly completed $250,000 home in Clearwater Hills that was destroyed by fire Saturday night Call JIM For Free Firm Bids Owner of $250,000 house gutted by fire undecided on rebuilding police did something. But they could have done more. I knew my boy wasn't a runaway. ; But they class the very young -ft and adults as missing persons. Teen - agers are runaways." . That's part of the answer. -Also, the disappearances oc-. , curred over more than a two - year time span. Andi final- : ly, while children in a neighborhood, know one another, .: " quite often the families do not. So it was that one by one, two by two, the toll grew. The official police stance is, that with more than 5,000 runaway reports a year in Houston, they have neither the staff nor the time to give any one case more than 30 days on checking before it is , put in the inactive file. From that tragedy can lurk behind the benign and fatherly manner of a likeable man, or behind the polite words of a neighborhood boy. The homosexual murders were revealed only five days ago when Elmer Wayne Henley, 17, told police heliad just slain Dean Allen Corll, 33, to spare the lives of two other possible victims. Later, police said, Henley admitted helping Corll molest and kill 24 young boys, after luring them to several homes and apartments Corll occupied over the past two years. . Then David Owen Brooks, 18, stepped forward to say he had witnessed many of the murders and helped bury the victims. There were 25 to 30, he said. But he denied he had killed anyone. So far, the remains of 23 boys have been exhumed from three grave sites. Only three victims have been positively identified, but medical examiners worked through the weekend at the task of identifying others. Henley has been charged with five counts of murder, Brooks with one. Police resume the search for more bodies today. . But in this neighborhood, what the police do now is an-ticlimactic and sadly late. Fred and Dorothy have lived in their one-story frame home in this neighborhood for 15 years. . It is freshly painted yellow, and its neat lawn contrasts with most of the other homes in this near-downtown section of Houston where people try moreoften than they succeed. " - ' Wayne Henley lives just a'j block away in a white frame 1 house with a sign in the front . window that now says "No Trespassing.", His grandmother used to bring little Wayne over to the Hilligiest house to play with lit,Ue David a decade ago. v;; ; ;j "It showed that they cared who he played with," Dorothy Hilligiest said. "They cared how he grew up. But somewhere along the line, something went wrong." The events of the past two years have done so much to challenge her sanity, her view on life, and her husband's. Her eyes search for sense as she tells of running into Wayne Henley many times over the past two years, of his politeness in asking if she had heard anything of David, of his attempts to comfort her and reassure her. "He always seemed so interested and sincere. I could tell he had been drinking," "Oh my god. What's going on?" And her voice breaks and trails off when she remembers the officer saying, "homosexual. . ." "He said the Henley bov told us that," and she responded, "Why. he's our neighbor boy." The officer was surprised at that. And when Dorothv told him there was another neiehborhood boy with David when he disappeared, the officer said thev would have to auestion Henley again about that. JIM WOLFE Air Conditioning 736 E. DUNLAP Ph. 997-4972 were in process of completing the air condition system. He said some furniture, now in storage, would have been moved in in late August. By GLEN LAW The owner of a nearly completed $250,000 split - level home, destroyed by fire Saturday, said Sunday he is undecided about rebuilding. Seymour H. Levy of 7625 E. Camelback, Scottsdale, said , he had planned, to move his family into the new house at 7251 Clearwater Parkway ear-1 ; ly in September. He said the building was p a r t i a 1 1 y was of wood frame construction with a shake-shingle roof. He said the lack of water and the house's location against the side of a hill increased the difficulty of fighting the blaze. Since there are no fire hydrants in the immediate area, investigators said, two swimming pools in nearby homes approximately 300 feet away on each side of the burning structure provided water. One fireman estimated that between 40,000 and 50,000 gallons of water were pumped from the pools. Authorities said the house, which was more than 120 feet that point on they will check "Everything beean to snln out any new clues the parents ; . throuffh mv head." she savs Bill Rudd Your Independent Insurance Agent Will select the best fire and casualty insurance for your car, home or business. As a member of Standard Insurance, Bill gives you Continuing Service and helps you collect when you have come up witn, but omerwee the case is inactive. "About 2:30 in the morning we went out to where the bodies were found. We just had to do something, know something. We still haven't heard anything." Frustrated, the Hilligiests turned to their own resources and called in the private Meanwhile, fire investigators from Rural Metro Fire Protection Co. continued to David's body has not been comb through the debris Sun positively identified day seeking the cause of the blaze. v ' ; ' The investigator turned up a number of possible clues, including several tales from a " When David ' disanneared. ALWAYS AT gTaMDARD THE OLD SB THE OLD - J - ffirl ' neoDle 'buried "alive" "v was hi ine company m YOUR SERVICE long, was being built by Dave Henson Construction Co., 7,320 E.' Shoeman Lane. Scbttsdale. They said the two-story sec :jfi0Wsaidsthevflre-- Dick Cunningham one boy buried in sand tip to was reported at 5:24 p.m. Sa to his mother. Selma Winkle Bill Rudd turday but it took approxi- Ed. H. BringhuMt tion at one end contained a vu"""""u lives a block from the Hilli- lives a diock irom me Frank Middlcton AGtlNV-v nun- mateiv 10 minutes for fire- ' J it Biests, twp, Ws tAJ garage and ma,d'S,quarter , Henley house, Levy said "fh'e electricity 3136 N. 3rd AVE. than , two ,hours later, they 264-4141 was turned on and workmen his neck. Some of the burials were at a beach. Others in what she said was a gaxagew-ri But when investigators were sent out with her she couldn't find the garage. Fred Hilligiest's tanned and weathered face is marked by disbelief as he tells of passing on the investigator's findings to a police inspector. " 'Private investigators are for rich people,' " Hilligiest says the inspector told him. "Then he turned to his secretary and said, 'Check him and see if he's licensed.' " He wasn't, and Fred Hilligiest remembers: "I was said, 15 firemen from four engine c o m p a n i e s had controlled the blaze. Jim McDaniel, chief fire investigator, said when firemen arrived flames were shooting through the roof. Investigators said one witness told them light puffs of smoke were seen first,' but they changed to dark clouds within 10 minutes. . McDaniel said the house AUG. 13-19, 1973 Do something for you, or least threaten to. From now 'til the end of this month is the best time to bud fruit trees . . . Babe Ruth died Aug. 16, 1948 . . . The Full Sturgeon Moon Aug. 13 . . . Shrimp Fleet Blessing in Louisiana this week , , . Average length of days for week,' 13 hours, 51 minutes . . . Dog days end Aug. 19. . . . But cat nights commence now . . . L.A. flies U.S. flag Aug. 13, 1846 . . . A burden which one chooses is not felt. She once worked in a candy factory in the neighborhood. The -foreman was Dean Allen Corll, whom she remembers as "a likeable, gentle man." - The candy shop was across the street from an elementary school and the children would come to the door when school was out asking for scraps of the Mexican candy. Her son, M alley, worked there, too, washing out the vats and cleaning up the pieces of broken candy. For the past 4Vi years she has worked as a practical nurse at the Sharpstown General Hospital. She learned Old Farmer's Riddle: What bar opens but never shuts? (Answer below.) Ask the Old Farmer: In the 1930's there was a country store in New England that sold a cheddar cheese they claimed was aged in a manure pile. Of course under sanitary conditions. I have eaten this cheese, and found it delicious. Is the agins: method fact Prescott college $300,000 nursing while taking care of nursing wnne laiung care m gets ry j bUSpeCt arrested her late husband before he , died of an hereditary nervous mi. reservation disorder. from foundation - But because of the night. .PRESCOTX A gift of in Stabbing death work, she didn't see much of .tfOOiOOO? has . been given to M alley. He would, always Prescott Colleee bv the Scaife leave uutcs nayuix nuciv iic was going; when he would be back. .Foundation Incy a Pittsburgh Irust founded by Mrs. Sarah Mellon Scaife in 1941. "' ' or fiction? E. M. B., Philadelphia. Fact. Of course, "under sanitary conditions." Horse manure is favored, as we get it. Worn Hlnti After wxin your linoleum floor, prevent niRrka by waxlnir the bottom of your rookern and ehuir le . . . Candles -will burn lonr if you chill them thoroughly in the refrigerator before Use ... Riddlt ointwr: A crowbar. OLD FARMER'S WEATHER FORECASTS Salt River Valley: First part of week rainy with highs in the 100s; cloudy and cooler with rain latter part. New England: Don't forget your umbrella: rain all week. Greater New Vork-New Jersey: Heavy rain to start, temperatures cooling off; lighter rain continuing through latter part, then cloudy and hot on weekend. Middle Atlantic Coastal: Rain and hot at first, then cooler by midweek; rain continuing latter part. Warmer on weekend. Southeast Coastal-Piedmont: Moderately heavy rain to start, thon partial clearing through end of week; rain all week along coast. vir :"'S' P.Xxfl T P I 'III 111' i . t ... ' .. i a ... sjp ' A f 1 1! " i:iw wm w V i'V 'if " h) iV o l tjfc jt I'l ? CIBECUE - A 29-year-old Whiteriver man is in custody here in connection with the stabbing death of a man Sunday morning on the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation. Colin Dean Taylor, 18, was. dead on arrival at Maricopa County Hospital from three stab wounds in the back, authorities said. Police are holding Larold Boni. John B. Garcia, criminal investigator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said the two men reportedly were drinking companions. Details on the stabbing were not available. Florida: Intermittent rain and hot all week. . Once he even left her a note with his Mother's Day gift. In a childish scrawl the note said, "This $10.00, well $5.00 of it is for Mother's Day gift, not for bills, for something you want. Spend it on yourself. This . . . doesn't come out of the money I owe you . . . This is your Mother's Day gift I didn't know what to buy you. I love you!" On the Memorial Day when Malley and David Hilligiest disappeared Malley had left no note. After all, he was . Upstate & Western N.Y.-Toronto & Montreal: Clear and warm Frank A. Mertz, college president, said the gift will be used to continue interdisciplinary programing at the college this year. "First Year," consisting of a series of special programs for incoming students, and "Advance Programs," . which develop the ability to learn without being taught, have been inaugurated at the college. .. The college will open Sept. 5 through midweek, then rain .continuing to end of week. Greater Ohio Valley: Partly cloudy most of week, then rain on.weeKena in west; rain all week in east. - Deep South: Light rain and hot throughout the week. Chicago and Southern Great Lakes: Week begins clear and hot, men rain ana cooler oy miaweek; snowers lauer pari. Northern Great Plains-Great Lakes: Rain and warm most of only going swimming. week; partial clearing on weekend. Central Great Plains: Rain to start, then some clearing by mid' week ; rain and warm latter part. Texas-Oklahoma: Most of week hot and rainy; partial clearing hy weekend. . . Rocky Mountain Region: Cloudy to start, then light rain by mmweeK; clear ana not lauer pan. Southwest Desert: Week begins partly cloudy, then light rain before midweek; end or week cloudy with highs to mia-iuua, Pacific Northwest: First part of week cloudy and cool; re C wot o V NEW AMAZING SCREEN OF SHADOW SCREEN FOR ALL CARStw All SIZES ROLL UPS FOR DOORS w NEW REAR WINDOW TYPE TAKES UP NO HEAD ROOM. ' .7 . ' FOR YOUR VACATION TRIP. KEEP THE FAMILY COOL. ' ' DeirWMew MAU X. ENJOY THE VIEW WITHOUT THE HEAT. aj"2S-' .I- N. PERFECT NIGHT VISION, REDUCED HEADLIGHT GLARE re?'ijr.r.... J9e 7 PREVENTS UPHOLSTERY FADING AND ROTTING. mainder oi week mostly clear ana dot. California: Clear and warm through midweek, then light tain THE WHITE TIE BY WEMBLEY 0 and cooler to end oi week. (All Right Reserved. Yankee, Inc., Dublin, N.H. 08444) v The right tie! Elegantly patterned in fresh new Y Follow the superstars L in The Republic's ' I sports pages. white-on-white tones. 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