During the 1970s and 80s there were a series of mass child murders in cities across the United States. These were attributed to the motiveless crimes of serial killers, that is, where the motive is murder itself; a term popularised by behavioural scientists at the FBI to make sense of a seemingly new and senseless criminal phenomenon. However, in at least four cases there was substantial evidence linking these serial killings to a nationwide paedophile network which used children for the purposes of pornography, prostitution, and much worse. Members of this network included high powered individuals, and its operations were covered up by institutions as high up as the US Department of State.

To unravel this, we begin in Houston, Texas in 1973, and with the death of a man named Dean Corll.

NOTE: paedophilia was often conflated with homosexuality by news and law enforcement agencies in the 1970s. Thus, many of the sources used, such a police reports and news articles, will characterise crimes such as the rape, torture, and murder of children as homosexual ones. The men involved in such crimes, in most instances, did not have sex with other men at the peer level. Which is to say, they were pederasts or paedophiles, not homosexuals. That said, the homophobic slant given to police reports and news articles at the time these crimes were committed, should not preclude them as evidence of the crimes themselves. As they are the only pieces of evidence we have.

On the morning of August 8th 1973, 17 year-old Elmer Wayne Henley called Pasadena PD to report he had shot and killed a man at 2020 Lamar Drive. When police arrived at the address they discovered the bullet ridden body of 33 year-old Dean Corll lying naked in the hallway of his Pasadena bungalow. Henley had been waiting for police in front of the property with two others, 20 year-old Timothy Cordell Kerley and 15 year-old Rhonda Louise Williams.

Body of Dean Corll found at the 2020 Lamar Drive.

According to the three's statements, which more or less all aligned, Henley had invited the other two over to the Dean Corll's house for a paint sniffing party. They passed out and at some point Corll had tied the three of them up then started to rape and torture Kerley. Henley, who had known Corll, convinced him to untie him so he could do the same to Rhonda. After which Henley managed to get a hold of gun, which he used to shoot and kill Corll, he then untied the other two and called the police1. At the scene was found a double-ended dildo, glass rods, a hunting knife, and a plywood board with rope and handcuffs fixed to it.

After being taken into custody, Henley told police he knew of several teenagers Corll had killed and buried in a boat shed. He directed police to 4500 Silver Bell where Corll had been renting a storage shed since 1970. Inside police found two ten pound bags of lime, a garden rake, a shovel, a plastic bag full of teenage sized clothing, and an envelope containing pornographic literature2. A subsequent excavation of the site turned up the bodies of seventeen boys between the ages 13 and 19 who had gone missing in the local area over the past three years3.

Boat Shed rented by Dean Corll at 4500 Silver Bell

Henley then confessed to having helped Corll torture, kill and bury at least other six boys over the past two years. And he told police of another two locations where bodies had been buried. Four were recovered from a wooded area near Lake Sam Rayburn where Dean Corll's family owned a cabin, while another seven were found along a stretch of beach on the Bolivar Peninsula. A total of twenty-eight known victims. All of them males aged between thirteen and twenty years. Autopsies performed on the bodies indicated these victims had been raped and tortured before being killed. The cause of death in most cases given was strangulation or gun shot wound to the head.

Boat Shed Bodies: 17

Beach Bodies: 8

Woodland Cabin Bodies: 4

All up, 28 victims reported missing between September 1970 & August 1973.

Henley then also implicated a friend of his named David Owen Brooks(18) as an accomplice. It turned out Brooks had introduced Henley to Corll two year prior. Brooks was interviewed by police and he confessed to having been involved with these murders, and detectives concluded Corll had recruited the pair of teenagers to procure victims for him, but that they had come to progressively participate in the torture, murder, and disposal of the victims themselves4.

These are the crimes of what could be categorised as a rape, torture, and murder crew that targeted male victims between the ages of thirteen and twenty. The aspects of it are it had one adult supervising two teenaged procurers. Thus, following profile can be derived:

This profile will fit a broader pattern later established as the scope of this series expands. But for now, this is what we start with:

David Owen Brooks

Dean Corll

Elmer Wayne Henley

Dean Corll is better known as The Candyman killer. His activities have been recorded into the true crime cannon as an isolated instance of "serial killings", a categorical term popularised by behavioral psychologists at the FBI in 1974, later introduced into the public lexicon during news coverage of the Atlanta child murders in the early 1980s. A serial killer, more or less infers, an isolated instance of multiple murders over an a period of time by a single perpetrator, where the primary motive in each instance is the act itself. Which is to say the victims are more or less chosen at random, except for fitting a certain demographical profile.

However, in the case of Dean Corll, it is unreasonable to reduce this crimes to an isolated instance of random serial killings. Because to reach this conclusion, one would either have to be unaware of, ignore, or omit, multitudes of evidence pointing towards a broader network engaged in similar activities, ones from which there was to be found profit, and thus an alterer motive.

The first evidence of this is found in the confession statements given by both Wayne Henley and David Brooks on the 9th of August, the day after Dean Corll had been killed. In these confessions both teenagers stated that Corll had told them he was apart of Dallas organisation that bought and sold young boys, and that members of this organisation were also murdering boys in Dallas.

Henley's signed confession, made to Detective D.M.Mullican on August 9th 1973, stated that David Brooks had introduced him to Dean Corll after he had expressed interest in making some money, ''. . .and he took me to Dean Corll. Dean told me that he belonged to an organisation out of Dallas that bought and sold boys, ran whores and dope and stuff like that. Dean told me that he would pay me $200 at least for every boy that I could bring and maybe more if they were real good looking boys'' 5. Henley went on to say ''. . .I have come within an inch of killing him(Corll) but I just never got up enough nerve to do it until yesterday, because Dean had told me that his organisation would get me if I ever did anything to him'' 6.

Then David Brook's signed confession statement, made that the same day of August 9th, stated ''During one of our conversations Dean mentioned that there was a group of people in Dallas which had similar activities to his. He mentioned a man by the name of Art who he said had also killed some boys in Dallas. One day while I was at his house I picked up a piece of paper with the name Art on it and all of a phone number but the last number and the area code was 214. Dean also mentioned Art has a wife. Lately Dean has been wanting to go to Dallas and I believe was supose to go at the end of this month'' 7.

Both confessions were made the same day, that is the 9th of August. Henley's confession was timestamped at 11.55 am and Brooks at 1.20 pm8. The two were being held and questioned at two different police stations in Houston, and spoke to two different sets of detectives. Henley had been held in custody by Pasadena police since the morning of the 8th. Brooks had turned himself in at Harris County PD on the morning of the 9th, assumedly after having heard of Corll's death through either the news or word of mouth. This meant Henley and Brooks had not communicated in the period between Henley having killed Corrll and them making corroborating statements that Corll had said he was apart of a larger organisation based in Dallas.

Further more, Rhonda Williams, the girl who had been tied up in Dean Corll's house, stated the following to police, ''Wayne has told Rhonda that he had been to Dallas several times with Dean and that a warehouse was in Dallas where she could make $1500 a week doing something illegal but Wayne reportedly had never told her what it was'' 9.

Dean Corll said he worked for an organisation in Dallas that bought and sold boys, also killed them —

Evidence 1.1: Signed confession of Elmer Wayne Henley, as given on the 9th of August 1973.

Evidence 1.2: Signed confession of David Owen Brooks, as given on the 9th of August 1973.

Evidence 1.3: Statement by Rhonda Williams, as recorded by police on the 16th of August 1973.

On August 13th Pasadena detectives working this case called Dallas PD to inquire about the possibility of one or more murders there connected to the Dean Corll murders in Houston10. Then, the very next day, on the 14th of August, Dallas PD raided the apartment of a 45-year-old maned named John D. Norman on a tip that he was running a child pornography and callboy service out of an apartment at 208/3716 Cole Avenue11. The tip had reportedly been received anonymously on the 10th12 from someone involved who had gotten panicky after their services had been requested by a man calling from Houston13.

When police raided 208/3716 Cole Avenue they arrested John Norman who had been found in the company of five teenaged boys. From the apartment they seized photographic equipment, child pornography, and enough documents, files, and booklets to fill a van14. Amongst the files found were an estimated 40,000 index cards with client information. And among these were the names of prominent individuals and some government employees in Washington15. But most strikingly, police also discovered the photographs of four boys with the word “kill” written on them16.

John D. Norman

Evidence seized from the apartment linked the operation to a post office box registered in San Diego, California under the name The Odyssey Foundation. This foundation had been setup as a front for a child pornography and prostitution mail service. Men could become members by subscribing to the foundations newsletters, which was child pornography. They could then also become 'sponsors', which would have them host boys, called 'fellows', in their homes for a given period and be paid a fee to do this. Boys housed in this manner would then be made available to other members of the network. Photographs of young boys, along with other details such as age and personality quirks, were advertised like classified ads in these newsletters circulated clandestinely through the postal service. The organisations network spanned from coast to coast across the United States. Most of the boys being trafficked in this manner were runaways and out of state to where ever they were sent.

So one day after Dallas PD is contacted by detectives working the Dean Corll murders in Houston, they discover a child pornography and prostitution mail service operated by a man named John Norman, in whose apartment they discover:
— An estimated 40,000 index cards with client information.
— Four photographs of boys with the word “kill” written on them.

Dean Corll had a private post office box in Houston17, which David Brooks had stated on more than one occasion, he had used for some kind of pornographic mail service18. While inconclusive, the coincidences here are starting to pile up.

On the 8th of August police discover the bodies of 28 boys murdered in Houston by Dean Corll.

The confession of Wayne Henley, as it was given on the 9th of August 1973, stated that Dean Corll claimed to be apart of a larger organisation based in Dallas.

The confession of David Brooks, as it was given on the 9th of August 1973, stated that Dean Corll claimed to be apart of a larger organisation based in Dallas.

Rhonda Williams stated to police that Wayne Henley told her he had travelled to Dallas several times with Dean Corll, and that she could make $1500 at a warehouse in Dallas doing something illegal.

David Brooks stated to police, first on August 11th 1973, then later on September 20th 1976, that Dean Corll used a secretive pornographic mail service.

Then Houston PD contacted Dallas PD on August 13th in regards to information David Brooks had given them about Corll knowing of murders in Dallas.

Then the very next day Dallas PD raid John Norman's apartment and discover a child prostitution and porngraphy mail service, four photographs of boys with the word “Kill” written on them, and 40,000 index cards listing clients.

Strange. . .yes, but nothing conclusive. . .yet. And now things look like this:

However, the circumstances surrounding John Norman and his child porn and prostitution network in Dallas only get stranger. The 40,000 index cards that were confiscated by Dallas police, they were handed over to Henry Kissinger's State Department in Washington, who then subsequently destroyed them. This was confirmed by the State Department itself, both in an official statement given to the Chicago Tribune in 197719, and then in further detail with a lettered response to a request made by a US Senate inquiry into child exploitation held that same year20.

According to this State Department letter, just days after news broke of the Odyssey network in Dallas, one of its field agents in Los Angeles had reported the case to Washington. That was on the 17th of August. Then on the 23rd a State Department agent started to assist Dallas PD with the investigation. This was ostensibly in regards to a passport. Dallas PD mentioned to the agent that two of the names found in the index cards worked for the State Department, and this information was relayed to Washington sometime before the 5th of September 1973.

The State Department then confirmed that two of its employees had 'similar' names to the ones found on the index cards. One of these had been assigned to the US embassy in Mexico City. However no further investigation had been made into this. Then over a year later, in December of 1974, Dallas police handed over the entire collection of index cards to the State Department, who placed them in storage in January 1975, where they remained without review, until they were eventually destroyed later that year in September.

At this point it's worth mentioning that this is only one in a series of child trafficking cover-ups the US State Department has been involved in since the 1970s. To list a few without going into detail, there was the case of Laura Silsby in Haiti, Howard Gutman in Belgium, and Dyncorp in both Bosnia and Afghanistan. Both men in charge of the State Department during the period of concern here, 1973-1977, also had ties to Lynn Forester de Rothschild, who was inextricably linked to Jeffrey Epstein, who I might add, had other State Department ties through one of his planes that had been formerly registered to the Department(and also Dyncorp!) and a NY property he rented from the Department in the 1990s that had been the former Polish embassy. Henry Kissinger, who was Sec of State from September 1973 until January 1977, is credited as having introduced Lynn to Evelyn Rothschild at a Bilderberg meeting in 1999. While Cyrus Vance, who succeeded Kissinger as Secretary of State, was the senior partner at the New York law firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, which had hired Lynn Forester out of college in 1980. In fact, the government official who had given the Department's response to the Chicago Tribune's inquiry into the missing index cards was Matthew Nimetz, who had been brought over as a State Department attorney from that same law firm. Moreover, Vance's son, Cyrus Vance Jr, was the New York district attorney whose office attempted to downgrade Jeffrey Epstein's sex offender status. While this is all somewhat of a tangent, it fits a broader, almost fifty year pattern, of State Department officials involvement with human traffickers. Something which will be expanded upon in other articles to come.

Which put things like this:

Now let us return to the possible ties between Dean Corll and John Norman, in a letter received by Houston police from a man named Steven Dale Ahern in California. In the letter, postmarked 24th of August 1973, Ahern gave information on a child pornography ring in Houston, further more, that a number of Dean Corll's victims had been photographed there by a man named Roy Ames21.

According to the letter, Ahern had been in Houston back in 1971 after responding to an advertisement placed in an underground child pornography magazine called The Advocate. While there, he had been photographed by a man named Roy Ames who had a partner named Charles Anson, and that this Ames knew another man named Dean Corll who he used to exploit young boys. Ahern said that Ames and Corll had invited him to an S&M party at Corll's apartment when he was there. He also said he'd seen a number of Corll's victims appear in child pornography magazines circulated in California, but which had been produced in Texas22.

Houston police contacted the LAPD Vice Division regarding the information sometime between the 24th and 31st of August. Vice detectives in LA reported that thought they could identify at least one of Dean Corll's victims in a child porn magazine they had obtained called Hot Rods #323.

Then, on September 1st, the LAPD Vice Division arrested a man in Hollywood named Guy Strait for using boys aged 9-15 in pornographic films. And some of the boys used in Straits pornography had also been from Texas. At the time police told the local press that there was a possible link between Strait's operation and similiar ones in Dallas and Houston24. This is more probable than possible, as Houston PD had contacted the LA Vice division regarding Houston victims being found in child pornography only days prior to them having arrested Guy Strait.

This Guy Strait was business partners with another man named William 'Bill' Byars Jr in a Hollywood production company called Lyric Productions(or DOMLyric). Strait's arrest in September eventually led to that of Byars , along with thirteen others, some months later on the 26th October 1973, as part of an ongoing investigation into what LA Vice described as “one of the nation's biggest 'chicken movie' operations”25. Among those arrested with Byars was a photographer from Houston, named William 'Bill' Johnston26. Police stated that Byars and Johnson may have been using boys from Houston in their films27.

Bill Byars was from a wealthy and well established oil family in Texas, heir to the Humble Oil fortune. His father, Bill Byars Snr., had been good friends with J. Edgar Hoover. In fact, according to one biographer28, Byars Jr. furnished the FBI director with boys used in his pornography productions, though we'll leave this digression alone for now.

In April 1974, some months after they had been arrested; both Strait and Byars, along with Byars Houston associate William Johnson, all skipped bail and were thought to be in Europe29. Byars and Johnson had in fact fled to Europe, but Strait hadn't and was eventually picked up by police in Phoenix, Arizona later in 1976 on unrelated charges of sex with a minor30.

While in prison, Strait had told a reporter in 1977 that he knew John Norman and had written articles published in one of Norman's underground newsletters called Hermes31. Strait also later appeared before a Senate inquiry into child pornography rings and mentioned that he knew a child porngrapher in Houston by the name of Roy Ames32.

This Californian child porngraphy operation can be called DOMLyric. And it involved three principal figures:
— William Byars Jr.
— William Johnson
— Guy Strait

DOMLyric was discovered on the 1st of Sept 1973 by the LAPD vice division, after receiving a letter from an LA-based informant named Steven Ahern. This letter mentioned two key bits of information:
— That a number of Dean Corll's victims had appeared in child pornography circulated in Califronia.
— That a Houston child pornographer named Roy Ames knew Dean Corll.

Further more:
— William Byars Jr was from Tyler, Texas; and his associate William Johnson was from Houston, Texas.
— Boys used in their pornography had come from Houston and Dallas.
— They were partners in this with a man named Guy Strait, who stated he knew John Norman and had been published in one of Norman's underground newsletters.
— Guy Strait stated that he knew a child pornographer in Houston named Roy Ames.

And now things look like this:

So who is Roy Ames?

Two of Dean Corll's victims had been buried together at the boat shed location in what was marked gravesite #5. These were bodies #9 and #10, belonging to Donald and Jerry Waldrop. Two brothers aged fifteen and thirteen respectively. Bizarrely, found on top of body #9, Donald Waldrop, was a partially filled out Houston Police report. Which is to say, Dean Corll had buried these two brothers with a partially filled out Houston police report. But body #9 wasn't the only one buried with a Houston police report. One had also been found beneath body #3 in gravesite #3, which had belonged to Marty Ray Jones(18). These two Houston PD reports, possible the same one in two separate parts, were never booked into evidence with the rest of the items found in the graves. Instead, the officer who had recovered them placed them inside a lockbox back at the police station33. And they are never mentioned again in any of the available case files. They just vanish. Which draws into question the circumstances surrounding the boat shed dig.

The boat shed excavation began around 6.30pm on the 8th of August. Gravesites #1, #2, and #3 were unearthed in that order. After the police report had been found in gravesite #3, detectives at the scene were replaced with new ones. This occurred at approximately 10.45pm before gravesite #4 had been discovered. Gravesite #4 was unearthed sometime after 10.45pm, after which the crime scene was shutdown for the evening at 11.55pm and handed over to an overnight patrol unit34. Digging then resumed on the 9th of August at 11.30am with gravesite #5, which was eventually unearthed at 12.05pm(aprox) where the second police report was found on top of body #9, Donald Waldrop35.

Dean Corll, for some reason, had buried police reports in gravesite #3 and #5. But he had also buried, for some reason, documents identifying the bodies of Donald and Jerry Waldrop in gravesite #5, with two other bodies in gravesite #8. These were an identification card and social security card for an EDWARD WALDROP, who was Donald & Jerry Waldrop's older brother and whose ID Donald Waldrop had been using when he went missing; and a hospital ID card for Jerry Waldrop that identified his parents as Everett & Mary Inez 36. So Dean Corll had buried the Waldrop brothers in gravesite #5 along with a partially filled out police report. Then buried documents identifying thr Waldrop brothers with two other bodies buried in gravesite #8. Why the Waldrop brothers out of 26 other victims?

Well, on the same day all this was discovered, that is on the 9th of August 1973, the father of Donald and Jerry Waldrop, Everett Waldrop, called Houston PD and inquired if any of the bodies had been those of his two youngest boys, reported missing back in 1971. Then Everett Waldrop gave Houston PD the names of two men he said his boys had been mixed up with at the time of their disappearance. The names he gave them were Bill Walls and Roy Ames37.

Everett Waldrop had also given police this information back in February 1971 when his boys first went missing. As part of a missing persons report he had stated that he thought his boys were with a man named Roy Ames who “gathers kids and takes movies”38.

So we have:
— A letter from a Californian informant sent on the 24th of August that mentions Roy Ames knew Dean Corll and had photographed some of Dean Corll's victims.
— A missing persons report filed by the father of two victims back in 1971 which states he thought his boys were with a man named Roy Ames.
— A statement by Guy Strait of the DOMLyric ring in California that he knew a child pornographer in Houston named Roy Ames.

Then, on the 22nd of December 1973, Houston PD received information from another informant in California, Richard Van Payne, who stated “that he had been in the WAREHOUSE in Houston and had seen photographs of the dead boys in the mass murder”. He also gave police the name John Norman as a person of interest39.

Roy Clifton Ames

Sometime in December 1973, the U.S Postal Service had raided a warehouse in Houston, Texas from which was seized four tons of child pornography. And this warehouse belonged to a man named Roy Clifton Ames40. Also discovered were letters addressed to Ames from a Roger D. Smith, which outlined the sale and purchase of films depicting scenes of children in sexual bondage. In one of the letters Smith had written that a particular child pornography film would have been better if the producers had 'tossed in a stiff 14-year old'41.

Finally, in February 1975 another Houston warehouse belonging to Roy Ames was raided. And this time two tons of child pornography were seized, and here it is, police identified 11 of Dean Corll's victims as those featured in the pornographic materials found42.

Which leave us with this:

And even still, Roy Ames was never seriously investigated by Houston PD. He was charged and sentenced after the raids, and then later for other child pornography crimes, for which he was incarcerated from 1975-198543. From what little information that can be found on him, Roy Ames had been a well established music producer whose label, Clarity music, had exploited blues musicians in the Houston area. Record of his child pornography activities is scant. Most of what can be found on him involves copyright suits. The connection between him and Dean Corll was never made, even though it was clearly there.

And that was that. Dean Corll was dead. Henley and Brooks received life sentences. The jury who convicted them lambasted the district attorney and Houston PD for "leaving unexplored the possible involvement of others and related criminal activities"44. Which shows the oddness of this case was not lost on those presented with it at the time. And there were pits and pieces, statements made by police about the case which did make their way into the press, casting better light on the 'unexplained' circumstances surrounding it.

But interesting bits of information about the case leaked out here and there over the years to come.

A newspaper reported in 1976,” 'We knew that they were shipping kids – boy prostitutes – back forth to the West Coast in the Ames deal,' Contreras said. . .It was some sort of shuttle service. Ames and some of his people were engaged in this. They would send California kids here and Houston kids to California.”45.

This contention is evidenced by the fact both informants, Steven Ahern and Richard Van Payne, who had given Houston PD tips on the Roy Ames operation had been from California. While on the other hand, David Brooks also stated that Houston kids killed by Corll had been bound for California46.

In a 1977 Chicago Tribune investigative series was the interesting paragraph: “Dallas police told Sgt. Ronald Kelly, head of the Area 6 youth division, that they have information associating Norman with the ring that helped transport to Texas the 27 boys murdered in Houston in 1973 in a widely publicised sex and sadism case."47.

So what about John Norman? Well, his network continued to operate well into the late 1970s and became linked to another series child murders, attributed to a serial killer by the name John Wayne Gacy. Which will be covered in a subsequent article. But for now, what can be made of this from putting together the fragments of evidence?

At least in part, John Norman in Dallas was operating a procurement and distribution network for two groups producing child pornography in Houston and California. Child prostitution was apart of this to. His network was an intermediary between the two, sending boys from California to Houston and boys from Houston to California. In this way, the network was able to isolate boys from their locality and make them reliant on the network for lodging, expenses etc. This made them more compliant and willing to accept the things asked of them they hadn't signed on for, such as sadomasochist pornography. Trafficking boys across state lines also created a jurisdictional nightmare for local law enforcement agencies at a time when federal ones where either disinterested in these crimes or covering them up.

Roy Ames used Dean Corll to recruit boys for John Norman in Dallas who would send them onto LA. It is also likely Roy Ames used Dean Corll as an adult actor in sadomasochist pornography, which possibly escalated into the production of snuff films sold on the European black market. This isn't really that speculative. We know Dean Corll raped, tortured, and murdered at least 11 children also used by Roy Ames to produce child pornography. This happened in Houston, which is a port city. We also know that the S&M child pornography Roy Ames produced ended up on the European market. And one of his customers even expressed interest in a snuff film in a letter written to Ames. All the ingredients are there. In fact, the only argument to be made against this would be:
1) They didn't think of it.
2) They did think of it but didn't do it. Either due to moral objection, or because it wasn't profitable enough to be worth the risk.

The absence of hard evidence for this, that being the existence of an actual snuff film found, would be attributed to such an item being high risk and in high demand(?). It is unlikely such an item would be circulated locally, or left lying around in storage for police to discover. A snuff film would most likely be made to order, and forgive the use of this insensitive analogy, but much like an expensive custom luxury item that is request, made, then shipped to the customer. Moreover, it would also seem as if some members of the Houston PD were involved in a cover of the Roy Ames association with Dean Corll. The police report which Dean Corll assumably buried with two of his victims was found on one directly linked to Roy Ames through a missing persons report filed by the father two years prior to the body being discovered. And this police report never found its way into evidence. Roy Ames was never investigated in regards to the murders despite multiple leads pointing towards him. In addition to this there was the State Department destroying John Norman's client list discovered by Dallas PD. So there is evidence for a lack of evidence being attributed to a cover-up of evidence.

What has been covered is just an introductory to a much larger network which continued to operate in many more cities for many more years to come. A network linked to John Wayne Gacy, the Oakland County Child Killer, and possibly the Atlanta Child Murders. What is of interest here is not serial killers or isolated incidents, but patterns of behaviour, broad in scope and of a specific type of cruelty, closely associated to, if not directly related with, high powered individuals within the modern institutions of industrial societies – religious, business, political, or otherwise. This isn't conspiracy, it is custom, and one so rotten it cannot clean up after itself well enough to disguise what has become readily observable to those who won't advert their eyes.


Much of the information used had been compiled in a data dump at, an excellent resource for the investigation into highly organised human sex trafficking rings.

1. Pasadena PD Supplementary Offense Report, J-12345, August 8th 1973.
2. Houston PD Offense Report, D-68905, September 3rd 1973.
3. Houston PD Offense Report, D-68904, August 9th 1973.
4. Pasadena PD Supplementary Offense Report, J-12345, August 9th 1973(? - Part of report not dated, but most likely 9th).
5. Elmer Wayne Henley signed confession given to Pasadena PD, August 9th 1973, 11:55am.
6. Elmer Wayne Henley signed confession given to Pasadena PD, August 9th 1973, 11:55am.
7. David Owen Brooks signed confession given to Harris County PD, August 9th 1973, 1:20pm.
8. David Owen Brooks signed confession given to Harris County PD, August 9th 1973, 1:20pm.
9. Houston PD Supplementary Offense Report, D-68904, Progress Report - August 16th 1973.
10.Houston PD Supplementary Offense Report, D-68904, Progress Report - August 13th 1973.
11. Dallas PD Prosecution Report, August 15 1973.

''The authorities said that the ring, operating under the name of the Odyssey Foundation with a San Diego, Calif., post office box, became known last Friday when a 24‐year‐old member of the organization became panicky that the police were about to strike.''

'Alleged Homosexual Ring Found In a Raid on Apartment in Dallas', New York Times, Aug. 16 1973.

(NOTE: The last friday before August 16th 1973 was August 10th. However, the police report filed by the Dallas detective who received the tip states he received the information on August 14th.)


''The ring was uncovered Tuesday by Dallas police on a tip from a man who said he was involved in the ring but got scared when his services were requested by a man in Houston. The Houston man was not identified.''

'Police seek tie between killings, homosexual ring', Independent (Long Beach CA), 1973/08/17.

''The detectives raided the second‐floor apartment at 3716 Cole Avenue and seized files, pornographic literature, a camera, photo‐engraving equipment, stationery, an electric typewriter and hundreds of booklets with names and addresses. The confiscated material filled a pickup truck.''

'Alleged Homosexual Ring Found In a Raid on Apartment in Dallas', New York Times, Aug. 16 1973.


'' Lt. Harold Hancock of the Dallas police arrested Norman in March, 1973, on charges of contributing to juvenile violation of state drug laws. Hancock told The Tribune he confiscated from Norman more than 30,000 index cards listing clients around the country, some of them prominent people and some federal employes in Washington. ''

'Chicago is center of national child pornography ring', Chicago Tribune, May 16 1977.

(NOTE: John D. Norman was arrested in Dallas multiple times in 1973, each time index cards had been discovered by police. Reportedly 5,000 in March, then 35,000 in August. This confusion is touched upon in a Senate hearing investigating this, where the state department confirms two of its employees were named on the 35,000 siezed in August.)


The New York Times online digital TEXT-based archive scrubbed the word "kill" from their record of their article published on 16 August 1973: “Assistant Police Chief Donald Steele reported that four pictures of young boys found in the apartment had the word written on them. However, the police said they were told the word referred to their removal from the procurement ring's literature because they were uncooperative and did not mean they had been ordered killed.”

'Alleged Homosexual Ring Found In a Raid on Apartment in Dallas', New York Times, Aug. 16 1973.

But a scanned copy of the original printed article, hidden behind their paywall, does include the word “kill”: Viewable here

Another article, published in the Independent(Long Beach, California) on August 16th 1973 also reported on the photographs with the word 'kill': Viewable here


''Brooks also mentioned that Dean often received sexually orientated material through the mail''

— Houston PD Supplementary Offense Report, D-68904, Progress Report - August 11th 1973.

“(Brooks) saying that Corll had been super secretive about his mail, picking it up at a post-office box, reading it then destroying it.”

— Pasadena PD Supplementary Offense Report, J-12345, 20 September 1976.

''The State Department confirmed to The Tribune that it had received the cards. Matthew Nimetz, a counsellor for the State Department, said officials there determined 'the cards were not relevant to any fraud case concerning a passport' and therefore destroyed them.''

'Chicago is center of national child pornography ring', Chicago Tribune, May 16 1977.


Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation, Hearings before the Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency of the Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress. Letter from Department of State Washington D.C, June 27, 1977, written by Douglas J. Bennet Jr, Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations. Copy of the letter found on Page 119 of the report.


Houston PD Supplementary Offense Report, D-68904, August 31st 1973.


Houston PD Supplementary Offense Report, D-68904, August 31st 1973.


Houston PD Supplementary Offense Report, D-68904, August 31st 1973.


''Police said they were checking with Texas authorities in Dallas and Houston to find out whether there is any connection with an alleged ring in Texas which supplied hundreds of teenage boys as prostitutes for older men across the country''

'2 arrested for using boys as sex actors', The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California), 3rd September 1973.


''William Byars, 37, of Hollywood, whom investigators identified as an heir to the Humble Oil fortune. He owns several motion picture companies, including Lyric Productions''

'14 Men Indicted in Sex Movies Featuring Boys Ages 6 to 17', The Los Angeles Times, 26 October 1973


''Others named in the indictment are John F Rafferty, 58, a North hollywood machine shop owner; Frank Hersey, 66, a Manhattan Beach electronics technician; George Easter, 30, a Playa del Rey building maintenance contractor and William Johnston, 55, a Houston photographer.''

'14 Men Indicted in Sex Movies Featuring Boys Ages 6 to 17', The Los Angeles Times, 26 October 1973


''Grodin said the films sold for $50 each and the magazines for $5 and $10. Many of the alleged hardcore films were produced by Lyric Film Productions, reportedly owned by Byars. A Houston, Tex., photographer, William Johnson worked for Byars and also was named in the indictment. Grodin was quick to say there had been no link discovered between the alleged Los Angeles crimes and the mass homosexual murders in Houston, uncovered Aug. 8. He said Johnson and Byars may have transported some of their "actors" from the Houston area to California for the films.''

'Star's son faces sex charge', Independent, Press Telegram, Long Beach, California, October 27 1993


Supposedly in the J. Edgar Hoover biography, "Official and Confidential" by Anthony Summers. Haven't read it though.


“Still being sought by authorities are Bill Byars, 37, a Hollywood film producer and reported heir to the Humble Oil fortune; Bill Johnson, 55, of Houston, a photographer employed by Byars, and Guy Strait, 53, of Los Angles, a producer and distributor of so-called 'chicken gay films'. Grodin said he believes all three men are in Europe.”

'14 Men Indicted in Sex Movies Featuring Boys Ages 6 to 17', The Los Angeles Times, 26 October 1973


'' On May 13, 1976, Guy Strait (hereinafter "defendant") was charged with the March 3, 1972 offense of indecent liberties with a child. Steven Kavadas (hereinafter "Kavadas") was 14 years old at the time of the incident in question. ''

People v. Strait


'' Strait said he knows John Norman, who ran a national male prostitution ring employing young boys and helping put together a ''neater package' to attract customers ''

'His only regret: I got caught', Chicago Tribune, May 17, 1977


Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation, Hearings before the Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency of the Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, page 25


Houston PD Offense Report, D-68904, August 9th 1973. Page 14.


Houston PD Offense Report, D-68904, August 9th 1973. Page 9.


Houston PD Offense Report, D-68904, August 9th 1973.


Houston PD Offense Report, D-68904, August 9th 1973. Page 12 & 13.


Houston PD Offense Report, D-68904, August 9th 1973. Page 4.


Houston PD Missing Persons Report, Feburary 9 1971. page 10.


Houston PD Supplementary Offense Report, D-68904, Progress Report December 22 1973.


'' According to officials from the U.S. Postal Service, in December 1973, a search was made of a warehouse belonging to Roy Clifton Ames in Houston, Texas. Postal Inspectors seized over four tons of child pornography materials. In 1975, a second search was conducted of Ames' warehouse by Houston police officers. In this search, over two tons of child pornography were seized.''

598    STATE v. SMITH     Feb. 1991 60 Wn. App. 592, 805 P.2d 256

'' In 1974, postal authorities in Texas arrested Roy Ames and found 4 tons of magazines and films in a Houston warehouse. Ames was charged with recruiting children off the Houston streets and paying them $5 for posing for photos and $5 for sex acts. He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on federal charges of sending obscene material through the mails.''

'Children becoming commodities in pornography world', Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1st May 1977


“In the letters seized during both searches, officials found correspondence from R.D. Smith, 16704 - 72nd Avenue Northeast, Bothell, WA 98011. In numerous letters that were seized, Smith described his receipt of various items of hard-core child pornography, including depictions of young boys engaging in sexual intercourse with older boys, and scenes of children in sexual bondage. In one letter, Smith wrote that he had been buying this explicit material for about five years. In another letter, Smith commented that a particular child pornography film would have been better if the manufacturers had "tossed in a stiff 14-year old." In another letter, Smith wrote that he possessed 650 slides of hard-core sexual activity involving children and "who knows how many B & W sets, all of which are enjoyably reviewed from time-to-time." Officers also recovered order forms with Smith's name and address, personal checks from Smith, and a release form signed by Smith indicating that he is not offended by sexually oriented material.”

598    STATE v. SMITH     Feb. 1991 60 Wn. App. 592, 805 P.2d 256


Note: This requires some piecing together as information on Roy Ames is scant and it is quite apparent, at least to the author, that his involvement was covered up. Even still, it can be proven.

“Postal Inspectors seized over four tons of child pornography materials. In 1975, a second search was conducted of Ames' warehouse by Houston police officers. In this search, over two tons of child pornography were seized.”

598    STATE v. SMITH     Feb. 1991 60 Wn. App. 592, 805 P.2d 256

“Four and one quarter tons of porn and equipment were initially confiscated. Later two additional tons were seized by Houston Police Department. Roy Ames and his associate, Leonard Edward Cunningham, recruited boys from the Houston area and paid them to perform homosexual acts with each other and with adults while Ames filmed and took still photos of them in local residences and motels.”

'The select committee on Child Pornography: Its related causes and control', Texas House of Representatives, Sixty Sixth Legislative Session, page 72.

“Juvenile officers say 11 boys who were victims in the Houston mass murders case are pictured in sex material seized in what police called a homosexual ring.
. . .The case became public last week when four men were charged with sexual abuse of a child. They are Bryant A. Burch, 31, Leonard E. Cunningham, 29, John Jennings, 40, and Alfred Van dyke, 35.”

'Youths pictured in sex material', Wichita Falls Times, 28 Feb 1975.

“Juvenile Lt. H.A Contreras said Detective John St. John and a partner met with officers Wednesday about the case of photographer Roy Clifton Ames, convicted in 1975 for using the mails to distribute obscene material. Ames was sentenced to a Springfield Mo., federal prison after photographs of 11 Houston area victims of the mass murders were seized following the arrests and murder convictions of Elmer Wayne Henley Jr. and David Owen Brooks. 'We knew that they were shipping kids – boy prostitutes – back forth to the West Coast in the Ames deal,' Contreras said.
. . .It was some sort of shuttle service. Ames and some of his people were engaged in this. They would send California kids here and Houston kids to California.”

'Houston-Los Angeles Link Discussed In Mass Killings', The Napa Valley Register, 23 Sept 1976.


Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish', Houston Press, August 28 2003.


''There appeared to us to be a lack of inquiry into a number of important details' the report said. 'Much of the problem in following up the wealth of leads was the lack of knowledge of what the district attorney's office had or had not investigated ''

'Jury blasts handling of murder case', Brownwood Bulletin, 2 November 1973.


''We knew that they were shipping kids – boy prostitutes – back and forth to the west coast in the Ames deal,' Ltd. H.A Contreras said. 'But they just never got time to work that.' 'It was sort of a shuttle service. Ames and some of this people were engaged in this. They would send California kids here and Houston kids to California.''

'No link found in Texas, California Mass Murders', Tyler Morning Telegraph, 24 September, 1976.


The first few that Dean killed were supposed to have been sent off somewhere in California,” Brooks said.”

'Texas' Toll of Boys Rises to 27 In Nation's Biggest Slaying Case', New York Times, August 14, 1973.


'Chicago is center of national child pornography ring', Chicago Tribune, May 16 1977.

8 August '73 - Dean Corll found dead
8 August '73, 6:30PM - Police start dig of boat shed
8 August '73, 10:45PM - Police report discovered under body #3 in gravesite #3, dig called off at 11:55Pm
9 August '73, 12:05PM - Waldrop brothers and police report discoved in gravesite #5
9 August '73 - Wayne Henley & David Brooks give information Dean Corll is linked to organisation in Dallas
9 August '73 - Everett Waldrop tells Houston PD his boys had been mixed up with Roy Ames
13 August '73 - Houston PD contact Dallas PD about connection there
14 August '73 - Dallas PD raid apartment and arrest John Norman
17 August '73 - State Department takes interest in John Norman case
23 August '73 - State Department assists in John Norman case
24 August '73 - Steven Ahern sendd letter to Houston PD with information on Roy Ames and victims found in California child porn
31 August '73 - Houston PD reports on Ahern letter, that they contacted LAPD Vice division regarding this.
1 September '73 - LAPD Vice raid and arrest Guy Strait
23 October '73 - William Byars Jr and William Johnson raided and arrested
22 December '73 - Houston PD receive tip from Richard Van Payne about warehouse in Houston with photographs of victims
? Decemeber '73 - U.S postal service rain Roy Ames Houston warehouse
12 December '74 - Dallas PD give index cards to State Department
? February '75 - Second raid of Roy Ames warehouse, 11 victims ID'd in pornography found
27 September '75 - State Department destroys index cards