Dean Corll was a 33-year-old electrician living in Houston, Texas, who with two teen accomplices was responsible for kidnapping, torturing, raping and murdering at least 27 young boys in Houston in the early 1970s. The Houston Mass Murders, as the case was later called, became one of the most horrific series of murders in U.S. history. Corll would conduct his killings either in his boat shed or in rural areas around the city. An interesting fact the only true way the murders came to light was because one of Corll's accomplices turned on Corll and killed him.
Corll was born on 24 December 1939 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Corll grew up in a combative home and with his parents quarreling constantly. They were divorced while Corll was still an infant, and 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 and leaving their mother to work 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.
Corll was drafted into the United States Army on 10 August 1964, and assigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana for basic training. He was later assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, before his permanent assignment at Fort Hood, Texas as a radio repairman. Corll reportedly hated military service; he applied for a hardship discharge on the grounds that he was needed within his family's business (Candy Shop). The Army granted his request and he was given an honorable military discharge on 11 June 1965, after ten...