The crime scene photos of the Girl Scout murders reveal the disturbing extent of the injuries inflicted on the three young girls by their abusers. These photos serve as crucial evidence in a previously unsolved case.
On June 13, 1977, at Camp Scott in Mayes County, Oklahoma, United States, a tragic event occurred.
Three Girl Scouts, Lori Farmer, 8, Michele Guse, 9, and Denise Milner, 10 were raped and murdered.
Their bodies were abandoned on a trail leading to the campsite’s showers, approximately 150 yards (140 meters) away from their tent.
Initially, the case seemed resolved when Gene Leroy Hart, a local jail escapee with a violent and rape-related history, was apprehended.
However, in March 1979, Hart was acquitted after a jury unanimously declared him not guilty.
In 2022, despite inconclusive official DNA testing, strong indications pointed towards Hart’s involvement in the crime.
The case remains officially unsolved.
Less than two months before the murders, during an on-site training session, a counselor at Camp Scott discovered that her belongings had been ransacked and her doughnuts had been stolen.
Inside the empty doughnut box was a hand-written note, stating in capital letters, “We are on a mission to kill three girls in tent one.”
The director of that camp session treated the note as a prank, and it was discarded.”
Girl Scout Murders Crime Scene Photos
Girl Scout murders crime scene photos are one of the most tragic and disturbing images of child abuse in recent memory.
Lori Farmer, 8, Michele Guse, 9, and Denise Milner, 10, from Oklahoma, were killed on their first night at Girl Scout camp in 1977.
While the case remains cold, new developments in the investigation came to light last year.
Authorities announced that DNA evidence strongly linked Hart to the murder, ruling out all other possible suspects.
Hart died two years after his acquittal while serving time in prison for previous rape, murder, and kidnapping convictions.
ABC News senior affairs correspondent Deborah Roberts said in a teaser for the 20/20 episode that alternative theories placed investigators at the center of the case.
“Over the years, there have been all kinds of theories,” she said. “There have been suggestions that maybe some of this evidence could have been planted by investigators.”
However, Mayes County Sheriff Mike Reed immediately denied the claims, believing that it was Hart to committed the murders.
“There were a lot of different opinions that were out there when we started looking into the case I was like ‘my gosh this is overwhelming almost’,” he said.
“If I wanted to plant these pictures to put Gene Hart there because I know they’re his, why in the world wouldn’t I just walk out here anywhere at the camp at the scene and just drop them and just walk off?” Reed added.
He explained that DNA testing proved Hart’s guilt, however, it’s officially been ruled inconclusive.