Dean Corll

Demographic Info

The Candy Man27-29MaleCaucasianUSATerritorialSexual, Sadistic1939/12/24 (Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA)1973/08/08 (Shot by accomplice)


Man with the Candy, TheJack OlsenAmazon, Kindle eBook, Kim Cantrell Review
Manhunters: Criminal Profilers and Their Search for the World's Most Wanted Serial KillersColin WilsonAmazon

Dean Corll was born on December 24, 1939. He was born the eldest son in his family.

Corll had a seemingly normal childhood, and was known by his teachers and classmates as a quiet and shy student. He graduated from high school and continued on through his life with no criminal record. According to records, Corll began to make sexual advances towards younger males while working at a family owned candy store.

Corll began his serial series in 1970, at the age of 31. He is known to have murdered at least 28 people. All of his victims were males between the ages of 13 and 20. Nearly all of the murders committed were done with the help of either Elmer Wayne Henley or David Owen Brooks. Typically, his victims were lured into his van and were placed in handcuffs. The majority of his victims were sexually assaulted, tortured, and then killed with a gun or by strangulation. After the murders, the victims would be wrapped in plastic sheeting and then buried.

Dean Corll was never arrested as one of his accomplices, Elmer Wayne Henley, shot him on August 8, 1973. The altercation began when Henley brought a female, Rhonda Williams, to a party after having an argument with her parents. Henley, Rhonda and Timothy Cordell Kerley drank, passed out and woke up to find themselves in handcuffs on their wrists and their ankles bound. Henley convinced Corll that he would participate in their murders, allowing him to be untied. Henley later grabbed the gun and shot Corll, killing him.

Blog Posts

Elmer Wayne Henley up for Parole

on June 24th, 2012 in Serial Killers by | 3 Comments

Elmer Wayne Henley, who assisted Dean Corll in a crime spree that resulted in the abduction, rape and murder of at least 28 teenage boys, is coming up for parole. From 1970 to 1973, Henley would lure the boys to Corll’s home where they were killed by Corll. On August…

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Dean Corll Victim Identified

on December 1st, 2011 in Forensics, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Forensic scientists in Harris County have identified Roy Eugene Bunton as a victim of Dean Corll. Bunton was last seen as he was leaving for work at Northwest Mall in Houston. Conflicting reports have this happening in either 1971 or 1972, when he was 17 or 18 years old. Bunton’s…

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Episode 051: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 1

on October 21st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 7 Comments

This week, we look at the serial killer cycle, a theory proposed by Joel Norris in 1988. While the theory is rather lacking in scientific testing, it ties in well with the concept of serial murder as addictive behavior, a concept I believe has considerable merit. Dr. Norris’ “Phases of…

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Victims of Dean Corll

on January 1st, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | 1 Comment

Dean Corll was known to have murdered twenty-eight people. We currently have information on twenty-seven of his victims. Jeffery Konen Jeffery, age 18, was murdered on September 25, 1970. Danny Yates Danny, age 14, was murdered on December 15, 1970. James Glass 14 year old James was murdered on December…

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