Everyone who personally knows me knows that I am addicted to the ID channel. When I wake up in the morning I turn on the TV and it is already on ID and when I am laying down going to bed, I watch it until I fall asleep. I don’t know what it is about the ID channel but it always seems to keep my attention. The past few days I was trying to come up with ideas for my next blog until a show came on about the Killing Fields. I figured that since it is in Texas and not too far from our school, I would write this blog about it!
Where is the Killing Fields? The area around Calder drive is known as the Killing fields. This is a swampy stretch along busy Interstate 45. Since the 1970’s at least 30 bodies have been extracted from the Killing fields. The victims were mainly female teenagers, who have been strangled, shot or badly beaten.
The League City “Killing Fields”, sits behind the Magnolia Creek Baptist Church on Calder drive. Four bodies have been found in this area between the years 1983 and 1991. During this period people were dumping trash and building materials in the abandoned oil field. One of the bodies found was identified as Laura Lynn Miller. She disappeared after using a pay phone at a nearby convenience store she was only 16 and her body was recovered in 1986.
Other Victims: Heidi Villareal Fye, a twenty five year old bartender, left her parents house in League City on October 7,1983, to get a ride from her boyfriend. Her body was found next April in the clearing.
Krystal Jean Baker, age 13, left her grandma’s house in Texas City on March 6, 1996. She was walking to her friends house. Later that evening in Anahuac her body was found under the bridge where I-10 goes over the Trinity River.I believe this is the case they were showing on the ID channel. They said whenever they found her body, it looked as if she was just thrown there like a piece of trash.
After watching this on the ID channel and doing a little research on the internet, I came across the book, “Deliver us: Three Decades Of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing fields“, by Kathryn Casey. I plan on reading this book next after my semester is over. Kathryn Casey has been researching these cases for about three years. “This is my 11th book, It was the hardest to write, and it took the longest. I’m proud of it, but I’m not always happy I did it. I think it changed me as a person. I’m more cautious. I’ve always been kind of a worrier but I worry more now. Every once in awhile I’ll see some girl walking along a highway, and I’ll want to pull over and tell her not to do that. But I can’t. They’d lock me up.” This was a quote I found that Casey has told the Houston Chronicle in the Past.
I just wanted to share a little information about the killing fields because it peaked my interest and it was so close to where I live. Sharing some victims stories, I hope it makes you more aware and cautious of your surroundings!:) All of these murders were not committed by the same person and most of these cases have gone cold. I got most of my information from the article below, it was a great read and very interesting!