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Girl Scout Murders
Locust Grove, OK 74352
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County: Mayes
GPS: 36.197290, 36.197290
WebSite: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_Girl_Scout_Murders

   
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Locust Grove, a small community in Northeastern Oklahoma was the site of a grisly triple murder. Three girl scouts were sexually attacked and murdered in the Kiowa Section of Camp Scott.

In the weeks preceding the murders, strange events took place around Camp Scott.

A figure in the form of a male was found hanging from a tree by its neck, with its genitals showing, and personal items started disappearing from tents.

The discovery of a note which read "we are on a mission to kill 3 girls in tent 1" was considered a prank and never given to police.

Some say you can hear girls crying and an unseen person walking behind you.

A book entitled "Someone Cry For The Children" was written about the incident.
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“The Ozarks are rich with ghost stories and folklore. There’s one for each hill and holler,” said Todd Wilkinson, a local lore aficionado who works in the local history department at the Library Center.

Telling stories, he said, is what the early settlers did for entertainment before radio, television and other media made oral forms of discourse not as popular. Today, urban legends—stories which may or may not have a basis in fact—spread like wildfire, picking up momentum through the media and the Internet, and taking on a life of their own.

“A story that brings lots of patrons to the desk with questions,” said Wilkinson, “is Winoka Lodge, most commonly referred to as ‘the camp where the Girl Scouts were murdered.’”

Winoka Lodge, the ruins of which are located near Lake Springfield, was owned by the Schweitzer family and used as a summer home in the 1920s. It burned in 1978, and stories continue to circulate that Winoka, supposedly the word means “Great Spirit,” is haunted. The remote location and unused outbuildings on the site, plus a full moon on a still night and a certain frame of mind, I guess, could give off spooky vibes.

Fortunately, there is no history of murders on that site. Wilkinson says that the story might have started as a mistaken attribution to an incident that did occur new Locust Grove, Oklahoma, were three girls were killed at a Girl Scout camp on June 13, 1977. The campsite closed permanently the following day and hasn’t been open since. In urban legend fashion, that story was transferred to Winoka Lodge.

Another local history librarian, John Rutherford, says the story of Winoka Lodge is his favorite, although it has been proven untrue. “These stories bring people to us in droves. Urban legends, ghost stories, you name it—that is the hot topic in local history. It is really neat to take what they are trying to explain they heard and help them find facts.”

As for Wilkinson, he says learning about the legends is part of the fun, but preserving them is what is important.

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 3757     6/6/2007 4:17:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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Actually, the Girl Scout Murders at Camp Scott near Locust Grove happened in 1977 - not 1927.

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 48468 ReplyTo# 3757     2/17/2010 9:50:00 PM     Edit          
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and the camp is open now for church retreats during the summer.. i've been twice! it's called Camp Egan now.. .spooky
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 52812 ReplyTo# 3757     6/5/2010 8:38:00 AM     Edit          
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Camp Egan is not the same as Camp Scott. Camp Scott was immediately shut down following the murders and has never been re-opened. You can access pictures of all the run down buildings, overgrown trails and slabs where the tents once were, on the internet. Channel 4 in OKC did a 30-year anniversary special covering the Girl Scout Murders. They had a picture documentary on their website at one time. www.kfor.com
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 6741     11/4/2007 3:56:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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If you had been around in 1977, you wouldn`t have made that joke, angel. Three little girls were brutally raped and murdered their first night at Camp Scott. It scared me to death at the time. The girls were Lori Farmer, Michelle Guse and Denise Milner. Gene Leroy Hart, a convicted rapist, was charged with the murders and stood trial but was found not guilty. He later died of a massive heart attack in prison while serving out another sentence. The crime remains unsolved. The whole incident was eerie in the extreme, filled with rumors of an evil medicine man vs. a good one and all manner of black magic. The case was recently reopened, and Gene Hart`s DNA was tested and compared with that found at the crime scene. As far as I know, the results have not been released to the public. In the end the only thing that matters is that it was a terrible tragedy for those little girls and their families.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 9788     2/22/2008 10:45:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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i think the whole thing is kinda scary because my dad lives in locust grove
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 23937     11/25/2008 11:01:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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I live in locust and it was a sad thing to hear. But I'm glad they closed it down. I was in girl scouts and my mom never let me go camping until she told me why cause i would get mad at her for not letting me go. But she was 7 at the time that happend. I feel for the three parents who lost there young little girls.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 24980     12/24/2008 12:30:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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MY STEP GRANDPA USED TO RUN A STATION IN LOCUST AT THE TIME THIS HAPPENED AND SOME WEARY TRAVELERS CAME THROUGH THERE OTIS TOOLE AND HENRY LEE LUCAS WERE THERE.THEY WATCHED THE OLDER GIRL SCOUTS WHILE THEY WERE IN TOWN AND THE NIGHT THE YOUNGER ONES WERE MURDERED THE OLDER GIRLS HAD JUST BEEN MOVED.HENRY LUCAS DENIED BEING IN THE AREA WHEN QUESTIONED BY LOCAL LAWMEN IN A PHONE CONVERSATION.MY UNCLE WHO WAS ON THE PHONE TOO.TALKED TO HENRY LUCAS AND LUCAS SAID "YOU KNOW YOUR DAD WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO HELPED US WHEN WE WERE THERE"HOW STRANGE IS THAT?LUCAS HAPPENS TO BE A SERIAL KILLER AND OTIS TOOLE WAS FOUND TO BE THE ONE WHO KILLED JOHN WALSH'S SON ADAM? I THINK THERE IS A LINK...
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 35464     7/9/2009 1:07:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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My Mom was at that Camp. She told me that story about four years ago. Being young and not beleaving ghosts I didnt beleave her. When I went to Girl Scout Camp, one might we were telling scary storys... one of the girls told that story. i asked her how she knew that story and she said it was true. We were in Camp Finbrook and we were in tent three. Five tents down, three girls were raped. the next night those three girls were killed. When i got home I looked it up. I beleave in ghosts know. because when i got home i kept seeing one of the little girls that got murderd. I SWARE ON MY LIFE THIS IS REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 37422     8/7/2009 9:14:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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there might be more to the OTIS TOOLE AND HENRY LEE LUCAS theory and some one should investigate this.  Henry lee wore a size ten shoe and that was the print found in the tent.  Both were infamous for raping women and it would take more than one man to subdue three girls.

 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 39322     9/8/2009 8:19:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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i live in Locust Grove and u r right, anyone in the United States that is old enough to remember would know of the Girl Scout murders. In the summer of 1977, that was all you read and heard about in the media! I was 7 years old and I can remember that something my mom had seen on tv upset her so much that she cried...of course later I realized what it was. Unfortunately, we have another murder of an elderly couple that has gone unsolved for sometime now. Please pray that their killer is caught, soon.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 43565     11/1/2009 2:02:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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I live about a  mile from where this happen. I was not alive at the time of the incident, but my mom has told me the story and  if i recall correctly i also have heard something about Otis Toole and Henry Lee. After reading this site I feel like i might go do a little investigating of my own!!
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 50828     4/17/2010 8:52:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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My mom wouldn't let my sister go to Girl Scout Camp because of that. My mom went to that Girl Scout Camp when she was younger. Of course, now it's closed and my sister would've attended a different Girl Scout Camp but you know how moms are. It's sad that somebody would do this. Girl Scout Camp is supposed to be a fun, safe place for children to go. But some wrong-minded person had to go and turn it into something else.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 51340     5/1/2010 7:07:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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Locust Grove is full of unsolved murders. Most recently a murder of a couple on Christmas day. Tonight some of my friends and I are going out to the camp.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 52669     6/1/2010 12:33:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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you will get shot a old man owns it now i right down the street
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 58814     9/28/2010 12:35:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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I live in Locust Grove as well. My mom was a teenager when the murders happened. The camp got more than one warning about the murders. My mom was supposed to be going to the camp and after the rumor about the murders beforehand... parents started pulling their girls out of the camp. I know for a fact my mother told me about the OTIS TOOLE and HENERY LEE thing. She did her research and she still says that they were in town that night bragging about ''chasing so young girls''. It's funny how when you live in a small town, everyone knows who did it... but you can't prove it!

 

And we did recently have a murder of an elderly couple. They live less than a mile from my house and I wish OSBI could slove this mystery.

 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 63564     12/2/2010 6:38:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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There are no ghosts. I was at the site of the Kiowa Camp 2 years ago as part of an arranged visit. It's overgrown. There are interesting structures still there. It was a rewarding, sad experience to actually visit the site. But, nobody saw any ghosts or anything else. We did discover and clear away the weeds from the Kiowa fire circle. The rocks had not been move since 1977.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 63766 ReplyTo# 63564     12/6/2010 1:17:00 PM     Edit          
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I am a now a police officer in Seminole Okla. and was in high school when these murders happend, I followed the investigations then and have tried to keep up with them. Several years later I got to know one of the O.S.B.I. agents that worked on the case and he told me of several of the thing that occured during the investigaion that were very hard to belive, and I have been around many differant tribes of Native Americans my whole life.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 66314     2/1/2011 12:05:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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i really wanna go to the camp...

 when you guys say Camp Egan i think i have been there and it scares the crap out of me can someone remind me of what it looks like? when i looked at the pictures it reminded me of a camp i went to when i was in Girl Scouts but i dont believe it was this camp i was born in 1988:)

Mel.

 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 66315     2/1/2011 12:07:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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is there a big windy road that you go down to get to Camp Egan!?
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 67817     3/2/2011 7:12:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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Camp Egan is outside of Tahlequah. Camp Scott was closed and never reopened as a girl scout camp. If you were born after 1977 - you have never been to Camp Scott. I went to Camp Scott several times (Im 52) - I always had a blast while there. I was to go the next week...I was at church camp when the murders occurred. I was terribly saddened about the deaths of the little girls and also about the death of the best camp around. Too bad they couldn't get past this tragedy. It really affected camping for a long time.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 71906     6/28/2011 9:21:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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Why, after a tragedy like this would anyone want to visit this place? This is a place of sorrow and sadness and should always be held in spiritual awsomeness.  A place to pray for those who have been tortured and hurt, and now will be nurtured and loved by nature and other beings, who will never allow them to be hurt again.  People who want to play there should have their heads examined.  This will never be a place to play again;  just ask the parents who lost their girls.  If you don't understand, visit the Alamo or The Little Big Horn.  Turn off your voice and go to Gettysburg.  Listen to the voices of the dead and try to understand why these are haunted places and need to remain that way.  The dead need their own retreat and that doesn't include us.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 72096     7/6/2011 10:10:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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Camp Egan is directly off Hwy 62 between Westville and Tahlequah, Ok. Camp Scott is near Tahlequah and Locust Grove. Totally not the same place.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 73181     8/25/2011 2:47:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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i have been to camp scott several times. it is not a place where i could imagine anyone running and playing now a days. its not scary but its very humbeling or at least to me it was. it makes me sad to think so many people forgot about the true events that happened there. the families that were torn apart. the thought that their daughters were going to learn and have fun and be taken care of. instead they never got a chance to see them come home. it makes me thankful for my family and hopeful for these girls families. Please excuse spelling and grammer on this one.
 

  

   

 






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