The Top Six American Serial Killers Were All Homosexual. 5: Dean Corll, Wayne Henley and David Brooks

Claim: “Gays” are victims.

Fact: the top six serial killers in US criminal history were all homosexual.

Homosexual Serial Killers: 5: Dean Corll, Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks


Dean Arnold Corll was known as The Candyman. He was an utterly vile pervert and sadist.  He seems to have come from a disturbed background and was a damaged person but there is no excuse for such deeds of depravity.

A.K.A.: “The Candyman”

Classification: Serial killer

Characteristics: Homosexual rapist – Mutilation

Number of victims: 27 +

Date of murders: 1970 – 1973

Date of birth: December 24, 1939

Victims profile: Jeffrey Konen, 18 / Danny Yates, 14, and James Glass, 14 / Jerry Waldrop, 13, and his brother Donald Waldrop, 15 / Randell Harvey, 15 / David Hilligiest, 13, and Gregory Malley Winkle, 16 / Ruben Watson, 17 / Willard ‘Rusty’ Branch, Jr. 17 / Frank Aguirre, 18 / Mark Scott, 17 / Johnny Delone, 16, and Billy Baulch, 17 / Steven Sickman, 17 / Wally Jay Simoneaux, 14, and Richard Hembree, 13 / Richard Kepner, 19 / Joseph Lyles, 17 / Billy Ray Lawrence, 15 / Ray Blackburn, 20 / Homer Garcia, 15 / John Sellars, 17 / Michael ‘Tony’ Baulch, 15 / Marty Jones, 18, and Charles Cary Cobble, 17 / James Dreymala, 13

Method of murder: Strangulation / Shooting

Location: Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA

Status: Shot dead by his accomplice Elmer Henley on August 8, 1973

Born in Indiana on Christmas Eve 1939, Dean Corll grew up in a combative home, his parents quarreling constantly. They were divorced while Corll was still an infant, then remarried after World War II, but Dean’s father provided no stabilizing influence, regarding his children with thinly-veiled distaste, resorting to harsh punishment for the smallest infractions. 

When the couple separated a second time, Corll and his younger brother were left with a series of sitters, their mother working to support the family on her own. Rheumatic fever left Dean with a heart condition, resulting in frequent absence from school, and he seemed to welcome the change when his mother remarried, moving the family to Texas. A part-time business making candy soon expanded to become their livelihood, and Corll was generous with samples as he sought to win new friends.

In 1964, despite his heart condition, Corll was drafted into military service, where he displayed the first signs of flagrant homosexuality. On turning thirty, in December 1969, he seemed to undergo a sudden shift in personality, becoming hypersensitive and glum.

He had begun to spend his time with teenage boys, like David Owen Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley, passing out free candy all around, hosting glue and paint sniffing parties at his apartment in Pasadena, a suburb of Houston. At the same time, he displayed a sadistic streak, leaning toward bondage in his sexual relationships with young men and boys.

On one occasion, during 1970, Brooks entered the apartment to find Corll nude, with two naked boys strapped to a homemade torture rack. Embarrassed, Corll released his playmates and offered Brooks a car in return for his promise of silence. Later, as his passion turned to bloodlust, Corll would use Brooks and Henley as procurers, offering $200 per head for fresh victims.

The date of Corll’s first murder is uncertain. Brooks would place it sometime in mid-1970, the victim identified as college student Jeffrey Konen, picked up while hitchhiking. Most of Corll’s victims were drawn from a seedy Houston neighborhood known as the Heights, their disappearances blithely ignored by police accustomed to dealing with runaways. Two were friends and neighbors of Henley, delivered on order to Corll, and sometimes the candy man killed two victims at once.

In December 1970, he murdered 14-year-old James Glass and 15-year-old David Yates in one sitting. The following month, brothers Donald and Jerry Waldrop joined the missing list, with Wally Simineaux and Richard Embry slaughtered in October 1972.

Another pair of brothers — Billy and Mike Baulch — were killed at separate times, in May 1972 and July 1973, respectively. Corll’s youngest known victim was a nine-year-old neighbor, residing across the street from Dean’s apartment.

On August 8, 1973, a tearful phone call from Elmer Henley summoned Pasadena police officers to Corll’s apartment. They found the candy man dead, six bullet holes in his shoulder and back, with Henley claiming he had killed his “friend” in self-defense.

The violence had erupted after Henley brought a girl to one of Corll’s paint-sniffing orgies, driving the homosexual killer into a rage. Corll had threatened Elmer with a gun, then taunted his young friend when Henley managed to disarm him. Frightened for his life, Henley insisted that he shot Corll only to save himself. But, there was more….

That afternoon, he led detectives to a rented boat shed in southwest Houston, leaving authorities to unearth seventeen victims from the earthen floor. A drive to Lake Sam Rayburn turned up four more graves, while six others were found on the beach at High Island, for a total of 27 dead.

Henley insisted there were at least two more corpses in the boat shed, plus two more at High Island, but police called off the search, content to know that they had broken California’s record in the Juan Corona case. (In The Man with the Candy, author Jack Olsen suggests that other victims might be buried around Corll’s candy shop, but authorities show no interest in pursuing the case further.)

In custody, Brooks and Henley confessed their role in procuring victims for Corll through the years, with Brooks fingering Henley as the trigger man in at least one slaying. “Most of the killings that occurred after Wayne came into the picture involved all three of us,” he told police. “Wayne seemed to enjoy causing pain.”

Convicted of multiple murder in August 1974, Henley was sentenced to life imprisonment, with Brooks drawing an identical term in March 1975. A year later, Houston authorities announced that recent investigations of child pornography had linked other local pedophiles with Corll’s murder ring, but no prosecutions were forthcoming.

Elmer Henley’s conviction was overturned on appeal in December 1978, based on the issue of pre-trial publicity, but he was convicted and sentenced a second time, in June 1979.

Michael Newton – An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers – Hunting Humans


On 8 August 1973, 18-year-old Wayne Henley called police to tell them that he had killed Corll in his house at Pasadena. Corll, a homosexual with sadistic tastes, had been shot 6 times with a .22 pistol.   His house had a torture room in which the furniture consisted of a wooden board with handcuffs fitted at each top corner and rope knots at each bottom corner.

Henley told of Corll’s dope parties, and how he sodomized boys on his torture board before killing them.   Reference to the names of three boys known to be missing led the police to a boat-shed rented by Corll in Houston.   The police found the bodies of seventeen boys under the floor of the boat shed, and ten more were found at other burial sites.

Henley said that Corll, whom he had known for about three years, paid him $200 a head to get potential victims for him. Corll loved to play with children; he took them for rides in his car and gave them candy.   He was known as ‘a real good neighbour and a real good guy’.

Corll arranged children’s parties to help Henley and his accomplices set up prospective victims for his torture room. He strangled and shot the boys, whom he sexually abused and mutilated. But the murders stopped in Pasadena, when Corll lost his domination and was shot dead by Henley. Henley told how after a dope session with Corll, he woke up on the torture board, he talked his way out and when released, he shot Corll dead.

Wayne Henley, who admitted killing some of the victims, was tried for murder in July 1974. He was Found guilty and sentenced to six 99-year terms of imprisonment. His killing of Dean Corll was judged to be a justifiable homicide.

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2 Responses to The Top Six American Serial Killers Were All Homosexual. 5: Dean Corll, Wayne Henley and David Brooks

  1. Leticia Hagstrom says:

    Per statistics, a full two-thirds (67 per cent) of serial murderers identify as homosexual and/or bisexual.


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