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  1. Ryan
    March 15, 2016

    The thing about Harper is that he was an early suspect. Multiple people saw Harper and his friends in the park that night; some saw him with the victims. Others claimed he boasted about them, giving details even before they were made public. He had a long history of violent knife crimes and no problem attacking others (even small children if the stories are true). The problem was that people would often attribute Harper to crimes that he wasn’t involved in along with the ones he was involved in. As such, the police never bothered to check his alibi. When Spence’s lawyers investigated him he claimed he was watching dynasty that night; records showed dynasty did not air that night. Also, Kenneth Thomson was later found to be associated with Harper, meaning that Harper may have killed him because he thought Ken cheated him

    Maybe Harper didn’t do it, but he was just as viable as David Spence and the police should have looked at him more thoroughly

    There are 3 reasons bob pardo (a very pro dp figure) took Spence’s case;

    Going back to Homer Campbell.

    He identified a corpse as belonging to a young runaway based on dental work. the girl turned up alive two years later. Than David Spence’s mother was raped and murdered. The police suspected Benny Carroll. Truman Simons and Campbell fingered two other men. DNA proved that it was indeed Carroll who raped her and killed her.

    The two experts who said they were teeth identified them as belonging to a kansas housewife.

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  2. Ryan
    March 13, 2016

    I can’t call Simons a hero.

    First off, when he got the truck allegedly used to transport the bodies he let it rust outside his house for years before breaking it down to scrap.

    Homer Campbell’s evidence was junk, not only by most forensic experts but those within his own field. For instance he was proven wrong about two cases around the same time and when a blind panel examined the marks three of them were unconvinced they were teeth.

    The Melendez Brother gave inconsistent confessions that were revised repeatedly, and not only did they claim Simons fed info but so did about half of the snitches. Given the nature of the crime they would have left hairs, prints. They didn’t.

    There was evil, but it was Terry Harper not Spence. Spence was no angel but he didn’t murder those kids. I think it was Terry Harper who did it

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    • hams
      March 15, 2016

      Interesting. Thanks for your comment.

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  3. Sherri
    December 18, 2014

    My mom worked with Jill’s mom and was, therefore, quite close to this tragedy. Years later, being a dumb 20-something year old woman, I decided to take off with a friend for a 3 day trip, without telling anyone. When I finally got back my mom was frantic, and after having a talk with me, handed me Carlton’s book, signed with a poignant message by Jill’s mom. I never, ever, ever did that to her again. It’s been over 20 years since I read that book, and listened to mom’s memories, but I remember the feeling of how badly I scared her even today.

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    • hams
      December 18, 2014

      Wow. Thanks for sharing that.Your poor Mom would have been losing it. You just never get over something like this. Never. The one good thing coming out of this nightmare is that Carlton’s book may save some young boy or girl’s life by making them just a little afraid. Lord have mercy.

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      • Sherri
        December 19, 2014

        I wasnt so much afraid as I was heartbroken to have done that to my mom. What happened to those three was unthinkable, especially if it were a case of mistaken identity the way it was told. But knowing what I did to my mom, and how much it scared her, was enough to stop me from ever doing that to her again. I’m just so thankful that I had a chance to make it right. Mom’s been gone 15 years now, and I cant imagine how I’d feel if I’d never grown up and had the opportunity to let her know how much I appreciated her guidance and love.

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      • hams
        December 19, 2014

        Yep, I get that.

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    • Ryan
      March 15, 2016

      I’m sorry for what she went through, but there is reason to believe Spence was innocent and that Terry harper and his three friends murdered Jill Rylene and Kenneth.

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  4. Don in Huaco
    April 1, 2014

    Thanks for commenting on the TM article. I just finished reading the hard copy yesterday so it was interesting to see your perspective. I’ve been in Waco only 2 years so only now learning of a lot of the local history, bad and good, beyond the major stuff (tornado, Branch Dividians, etc.) Nice town, so far though. We like it (native west Texan, lived in Dallas, Frisco, Austin previously). I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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    • hams
      April 1, 2014

      Thanks Don. If you like Waco, don’t be put off by my views. It was not my happy place for a whole lot of reasons. But that’s just me.

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