In the 1970s, the name Dean Corll could strike fear into the heart of any man, but today, almost no one knows the horrible tale of the Candyman.
Dean Corll grew up in Indiana, and his mother owned a candy company, for which he moved to Houston, Texas. Corll was a quiet and shy kid. Other than playing trombone in his school band, he didn’t do much in school, but he often gave out free candy samples in an attempt to make new friends.
After he graduated high school, Corll was drafted into the United States Army. He began to spend time with teenage boys, like David Owen Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley. He continued to pass out free candy, hosting glue and paint sniffing parties in order to meet new people.
Corll’s victims were often given alcohol or other drugs until they passed out. Once manacled, the men were assaulted, beaten, tortured and sometimes strangled or shot with a .33-caliber pistol. Their bodies were tied up in plastic sheeting and strategically buried on one of four places: a rented boat shed, a beach on the Bolivar Peninsula, a woodland near Lake Sam Rayburn or a bean in Jefferson County.
Once, Brooks walked into the apartment to find Corll in the act of torturing two boys. In shame of himself, Corll released his victims and offered to buy Brooks a car in return for his silence. During his sadistic streak, his passion turned to bloodlust, and Corll would use Brooks and Henley as producers, offering $200 per head of fresh victims.
After three years and more than 27 victims Corll’s reign of terror came crumbling down. When he tried to attack his next set victims, one of them shot Corll in his chest with his own gun. While the authorities were never able to find a clear motive, and without question, the more you dig into his case the more horrid it gets.