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Barbara Gibson - Writer

Gibson has over 20 years experience in records research and analysis. Her passion for research evolved into working on unsolved/cold cases and assisting in searches for missing persons with a nonprofit organization. Inspired by the crime stories written by former Houston Chronicle reporter, S.K. Bardwell, who provided Gibson with a master list of decades old unsolved cases which opened the doorway to her own writing career.

Having 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.

"Barbara Gibson is smart, curious, always challenging the assumed facts, and ever-thorough in her research." - Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly

                                                                                                                                                         photograph by Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly
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Did you start working on the story right then?

No, I was swamped with one thing after another, and I kept putting it aside. I finally started working on the story in September 2010.

The first person I called was Barbara Gibson, a Houston woman who had done some missing persons investigations over the years and who had gotten interested in the Corll case. She told me about Sharon Derrick, a forensic anthropologist at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, who was working diligently attempting to identify bodies from the murders. “You are absolutely kidding me?” I said. The case was not old history. It was still going on forty years later.

And then Barbara told me about an upcoming funeral for one of the Heights’ mothers whose son had been murdered, and I simply showed up.

Writer: Houston's worst mass-murder case could have an additional victim
by Jeremy Desel, KHOU.com

HOUSTON -- For years the number of victims in Houston's most notorious serial killings has been 28, but a Houston writer says she s found that there could be one more victim.

From 1971 to 1973 young men were the targets of Dean Corril and his teenage accomplices David Owen Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley Jr. The victims were abducted, raped, tortured and murdered.

Twenty-eight bodies were found, two of those victims are still unidentified.

Barbara Gibson is writing a book on the Houston Mass Murders and played a key role in last month's discovery that the body of Michael Baulch had been misidentified.

Earlier this month Gibson visited Henley in prison and said she was in for a shock. She said she was quizzing him about the 17 bodies found buried in a southwest Houston boat house in 1973 and when it came to the case of Mark Scott she said Henley didn t think the victim was buried there.

One of 28 victims in Houston's worst mass-murder case was misidentified
by Jeremy Desel, KHOU.com

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