FORUM BITCH / Beloved Cunt
Long article worth reading: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Confessions-of-a-cold-blooded-killer-2187501.phpEdward Harold Bell, admitted sex offender, convicted murderer and self-described serial killer, has given multiple chilling confessions from his locked prison cell of abducting and slaying teenage and adolescent girls in the 1970s, describing crimes even now unsolved.
In disturbing letters sent to Harris and Galveston county prosecutors in 1998 - but kept secret for 13 years - Bell claimed to have killed seven girls, including two Galveston 15-year-olds shot as they stood tied up and half naked in the chilly waters of Turner Bayou, according to excerpts and descriptions of Bell's letters obtained by the Houston Chronicle.
In July and September, in exclusive interviews, Bell, now gaunt and pasty-faced at 72, told a Chronicle reporter the tally of lives was not just seven, but 11, the "Eleven that went to Heaven."
Bell claims a brainwashing "program" forced him to "be a flasher," to "rape girls" and ultimately to kill.
Several senior investigators familiar with Bell's letters of confessions told the Chronicle they have long believed he committed multiple murders and found evidence to corroborate his claims. But probes stalled.
Galveston prosecutors refused to present Bell's written confessions to a grand jury. Harris County prosecutors never investigated the claims and subsequently lost the letters. And Bell refused to cooperate with police. Several investigators said not enough effort was made in 1998 to re-investigate the cases.
One former Galveston DA, Kurt Sistrunk, told the Chronicle, "I didn't believe we had sufficient evidence that we could proceed to grand jury with, and without getting into specifics, that's the decision that had to be made, no matter the temptations to proceed otherwise ... It wasn't for a lack of effort."
Bell is serving 70 years for the 1978 murder of Larry Dickens, a Marine who confronted Bell after he exited his red and white GMC pickup naked from the waist down and began masturbating in front of a group of girls in Pasadena. Dickens' mother watched from her house as Bell shot her son four times, emptying his pistol, then retrieved a rifle to administer a coup de grace.
The "program" killings, as Bell calls them, began well before then. The victims were young girls from Houston, Galveston, Webster and Dickinson. The murders came in waves: five in 1971 and six more from about 1974 to 1977. Six teens, he adds, were murdered in pairs.
Forty-year-old investigative files reviewed by the Chronicle document many agencies' unsuccessful attempts to solve the disappearances of teenage girls in the 1970s - a murderous decade that ended with suspicions one or more killers escaped prosecution.
So many teen girls turned up dead in 1971 that the Harris County sheriff called more than 60 officers from across Texas to a secret summit to coordinate a response. A murderer, or murderers, seemed to cross city and county boundaries to dump victims in remote, roadless areas.
Over time, several serial killer suspects were developed. Most died long ago, leaving nearly all the murders unsolved. Until Bell's confession letters arrived in 1998, he'd never been investigated.
If Bell's confessions are true, only he holds answers long sought by the families of victims.
"It makes it hard that we don't know if this Bell guy is a nut or if he's telling the truth," said Dotti Walker, the aunt of murdered Webster teenager Sharon Shaw, who disappeared with her friend only a few months after Ackerman and Johnson. "As bad and as mean as he is, he could be telling the truth because of his conscience ... Not knowing is heartbreaking."
Chronicle video: http://www.chron.com/news/interactives/bell/