Oklahoma Scout Murders
Nearly 38 years ago, three young girls were brutally murdered in a wooded area once frolic and fun. Before that horrible day in 1977, it was a magic place for Magic Empire girls built to camp in and enjoy the outdoor wonders.
Camp Scott has been a retreat for Girl Scouts and Brownies since 1928. Its 410 wooded acres could house 140 campers and 30 workers. Cookie Trail led to ten camping units spread around the green beauty.
Two months before the murders, a counselor's tent was ransacked during a training session, leaving a note in a doughnut box. In the hand-written text, the writer announced the murder of three campers. The note was discarded as joke and trashed.
Three girls were taken from their Kiowa tent on the night of June 13, 1977, bludgeoned, strangled and sexually assaulted and left on a trail—two buried in their sleeping bags and another left, partially dressed nearby.
Camp counselor Carla Willhite discovered Lori Lee Farmer, 8, of Tulsa, Michele Guse, 9, of Broken Arrow, and Doris Denise Miller, 10, of Tulsa on her way to showers at 6:00 a.m.
The pre-murder day the girls loaded a bus at Tulsa headquarters.
Campers moved 40 miles east to Camp Scott for a two-week stay.
Activities would include hiking, crafting, swimming in Snake Creek, singing around a campfire, gathering for play at Red Barn, and several other businesses.
Campers may pick their tent buddies. The 14-foot, 12-foot tent bases were made of wood and covered in canvas and housed four mattress-laden bunks. Milner, Farmer, and Guse had no extra companion, so they stored their belongings on the bunk.
Kiowa tent number 7 (sometimes called 8 with the counselors' tent) was the most remote tent in the unit and camp. The counselors' tent couldn't see it.
"Before and during 1977, Camp Scott had no lights in the wooden platform tents. Aside from the campers' flashlights, the only light source provided at the camp units were the kerosene lanterns which were lit at night. These lanterns hung at the unit latrines," as mentioned in Camp Scott Murders. S.Kelly released in 2014.
Eerie sounds heard the murderers' night
Just before midnight, a noise awoke Willhite.
"It was a cross between a frog and bullhorn or something It was low and kind of guttural. It wasn't language. It didn't seem like language. It didn't seem human. It didn't sound like any animal I've heard," Willhite said in the documentary, Someone Weep for the Children: The Girl Scout Murders, created and directed by Mike Wilkerson, who co-authored a book with his brother Dick Wilkerson Someone. Both were Oklahoma State Investigation Bureau members.
Willhite awakened another counselor in her tent, Dee Elder, asking if she heard the odd sound. She didn't. Willhite went outside the woods with her torch. Every time she flashed, the sound stopped. She marched in tents. All was silent. She went to bed.
Some saw a strange light, hearing guttural noises all night. Tent 6 was lighted and then vanished. A girl heard her mom weeping.
"Two counselors were scared at the camp by two men, the night before the murders. Some campers said they saw a man in army boots behind a tent;" while another man saw a latrine the night of the murders," as stated in Kelly's book.