witnessed the heartache and despair experienced by family members of
missing persons and unsolved cases, Gibson dedicated her research
abilities and stories to finding possible answers.
One of the most intriguing cases Gibson has worked on is the “Houston Mass Murders” that came to light in 1973.
Her initial interest in the case was to find an elusive license plate number of a vehicle belonging to the serial killer, Dean Corll, which might be tied to an unrelated case. The obsessive search sparked a series of events that lead Gibson to discovering two misidentified victims of the horrific crime, bringing the body count to 29 and closure to families who had searched forty-years for their missing boys.
One of 28 victims in Houston's worst mass-murder case was misidentified
HOUSTON A haunting Houston mass-murder case from the 70s is back in the headlines, thanks to a case of mistaken identity.
Michael Baulch was one of 28 young Houston-area men kidnapped, tortured and killed by Dean Corll and two accomplices, Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks.
A body believed to beBaulch's was buried beside his brother, Billy, in a single casket. Billy Baulch was also killed by Corll.
Now forensic experts have learned the body lying next to Billy was not Michael after all.
They ve used DNA and other evidence to prove that Michael has actually been in the morgue all these years, one of two victims who had never been identified.
A reporter for Police News, Barbara Gibson, helped discover the mistake while writing a story about the unidentified victims. Gibson is now working on a book.
I am hoping that by the time I finish this book we will identify these last two and all of these victims will have a voice, Gibson said.
Many of you who were around the Houston and Southeast Texas area in 1973 and after, will recall the Houston Mass Murders. I remember vividly because my father, Houston Homicide Lt. Breck Porter was in charge of the entire investigation from start to finish.
A few years ago a young lady came to me who had a burning interest in researching this crime for a book. She asked if The Police News would be interested in publishing some of her work and we were and we did. She also wanted to interview the killer who was housed in a Texas prison facility and we arranged that interview for her and published it in print copies of The Police News which may be found in our archives on this website.
Barbara Gibson, who has pursued this project with the determination of a bull, is now making her research, her findings and her compilation of all that, available to you online.
Breck Porter, Publisher - The Police News