As a self-professed true crime enthusiast, it is always fascinating to uncover the biographies and in-depth information regarding crimes committed by deeply disturbed individuals. This slightly morbid interest into dark tales of crime and murder becomes even more exciting when you discover that a serial killer hails from or committed grisly murders in your hometown!
Being a native Houstonian, I thought it would be noteworthy to research hometown crimes and uncover information on the perpetrators who committed these atrocities. Listed below are five serial killers who called Houston their home and/or committed horrific murders in The Bayou City.
1. The Railroad Killer
Mexican national, Angel Maturino Resendiz, terrorized the city of Houston with a string of brutal murders which occurred during the 1990’s. Resendiz was given the alias of “The Railroad Killer” because most his murders took place near railways, which he also used to traverse across much of the southern United States. Though not a native Houstonian, he was responsible for the murder of at least two victims in the Houston-area. His murder method of choice usually involved bludgeoning his victims with various objects including rocks and pick axes.
2. The Sunday Morning Slasher
One of the most notorious serial killers in American history, Carl "Coral" Eugene Watts is suspected of murdering as many as 100 women. Watts particularly targeted young white women and used various tactics to kill his victims including stabbing, slashing, drowning, strangulation and bludgeoning. The Sunday Morning Slasher made his mark in Houston in the early 1980’s with the murders of several young women, several of whom were simply jogging through their neighborhoods. Police were left puzzled as these murders occurred randomly throughout the city at such a high frequency.
3. Edward Harold Bell
Self-proclaimed sex offender and serial killer, Edward Harold Bell, was responsible for the murder of at least seven teenage and adolescent girls in the 1970’s. Bell attests that being brainwashed caused him to lead a deviously malicious life of raping and killing. Since he murdered so many girls in the Houston-area, he was only able to recall his victims by their haircolor.
4. The Candy Man
Probably the most infamous Houston serial killer would have to be Ben Corll, eerily dubbed “The Candy Man.” From 1970 to 1973, The Candy Man targeted young boys in the Houston-area, particularly runaways and teenage male sex workers. During his three-year crime spree, Corll kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered at least twenty-eight boys.
He earned the nicknamed “The Candy Man” because his family owned and operated a candy factory in The Heights area of the city. Corll was known to frequently give away free candy to neighborhood children. This act of sweetness was surely a facade for his sadistic, murderous reality.
5. Elmer Wayne Henley
Houston serial killer, Elmer Wayne Henley, earned notoriety for his role in a number of murders which occurred in the early 1970’s. Henley played his part as an accomplice to Ben Corll’s numerous murders of young teenage and adolescent boys. Henley, being nearly two decades his junior, assisted Corll by luring young victims to their unfortunate deaths. The duo’s illicit killing spree came to an abrupt conclusion when Henley shot Corll to death after a quarrel during an alcohol and drug fueled party.
Like any other major U.S. city, the list of serial killers in Houston is quite extensive. As a true crime aficionado, you may find that conducting some research into your own hometown may reveal some dark details. In the meantime, you may find this overview of notorious serial killers from Wisconsin an entertaining gateway into your pursuit for true crime knowledge.