Carla Wilhite - Counselor at Camp Scott in the Kiowa Unit. She heard animal like sounds in the woods directly outside the Kiowa unit camping area, Carla is the first to have discovered the bodies a little after 6 AM on June 13th, 1977. She later became a police officer.
"Buddy" Fallis - District Attorney in Tulsa at the time of the murders. Brought in to prosecute the case due to the Mayes County DA, Sid Wise's resignation. Mr. Fallis still works part time as an attorney in Tulsa.
Barbara Day - She and her husband Richard Day were the Camp Directors and they were two of the first people to come to the place where the bodies were discovered. After almost 50 years of operation this was the last day Camp Scott was open.
Dick Wilkerson - OSBI Agent who worked on this case. He also co-wrote the book, "Someone Cry for the Children" with his brother Michael. He now serves as a State Senator in the Oklahoma Legislature.
Mike Wilkerson - OSBI Agent who worked on this case. He also co-wrote the book, "Someone Cry for the Children" with his brother Dick. Michael started his own documentary film production company, Barrister Studios, and in 2005 he was appointed by Gov. Brad Henry as a lay member of the OSBI Commission
Glen "Pete" Weaver - Mayes County Sheriff from 1969-1971 and was then re-elected and served during the time of the murders from 1973-1981. Sheriff Weaver had crossed paths with the accused, Gene Hart, on a number of occasions before suspecting him as the murderer of the three Girl Scouts.
Former Principal Chief Ross O. Swimmer - served from 1975-1985. Swimmer was outspokenly suspect of some assumptions and tactics used in the manhunt and investigation. Swimmer has since held two key positions in the U.S. Department of the Interior working on Native American issues
Harvey Pratt - OSBI Agent who worked on this case. Pratt is Cheyenne-Arapahoe. He had invaluable insights into the Native cultural elements going on in this investigation. He and his brother, also in law enforcement, worked undercover in this case. Pratt is a nationally known criminal sketch artist as well as a talented artist in general.
Gene Leroy Hart - a convicted rapist, kidnapper and burglar as well as a two time jail esapee, Hart was an escaped convict when the Girl Scout murders occured. He was tied to the crime scene by substantial physical and circumstantial evidence but was acquitted ay his trial. Hart is the only person to stand trial for the Girl Scout murders. Because there was an acquittal the case officially remains open.
Garvin Isaacs - Isaacs served as Gene Hart's attorney at the trial. Another attorney was briefly planning to be Hart's attorney but resigned from the case shortly after taking it on. Isaacs was considered somewhat inexperienced at the time as a defense attorney. He was, however, successful in getting Hart acquitted.
Larry Bowles - OSBI Agent (retired) -
Bowles served as lead invesigator on this case. He was at the medical examiner's office when the bodies where first officially examined. Bowles had an informant that he finally was able to press for Hart's hiding location and he was there when Hart was finally captured by OSBI agents at Sam Pigeon's cabin.
"Crying Wolf" - (seen here only in profile from the documentary film about these murders) was a Cherokee Medicine Man who assisted the state agents with information, and, if you are a believer, with magic. This is magic that would help them to apprehend Gene Hart but was not magic that assumed Hart's guilt or innocence. Crying Wolf prophesied that if Hart were guilty and he were to be acquitted that God would have final justice by taking Hart's life
The Three Young Victims
Mr. and Mrs. Guse
Dr. and Mrs. Farmer
(Mr. Walt Milner was a Tulsa Policeman and died a number of years after the murders. No picture is available. Click here to read newspaper article about Walt Milner.)
Gary Pitchlynn - co-counsel to Garvin Isaacs for the defense, Pitchlynn knew Gene Hart before this case. Pitchlynn had just graduated from Oklahoma City University Law School the same years the murders were committed and was admitted to the Oklahoma bar in 1977. He now practices law in Norman, Oklahoma
Sid Wise - District Attorney in Mayes County at the time of the murders. Wise was very active in the investigation, especially early on. Wise became embroiled in a controversy when it was discovered he had made a book deal with a local reporter. Wise also had begun a campaign for Oklahoma Attorney General. Wise resigned as DA in Mayes County and did not run for AG.
Judge William Whistler - Mayes County
judge who presisded over the trial of
The State of Oklahoma vs. Gene L. Hart.
Sherri Farmer, mother of victim Lori Farmer, reports that immediately after the trial's end, Judge Whistler told the victims' families that sometimes in our system of justice, even the guilty are permitted to go free.
Jack Shroff - Ranch Owner within a mile of Camp Scott. Had reported several items stolen from his ranch home. These items may have been used in the murder. He was polygraphed early on in the investigation and was cleared by the OSBI
Ron "RL" Grimsley - News editor and reporter for the Pryor Daily News had made a book deal with D.A. Sid Wise. Part of the arrangement was Wise would give Grimsley access to internal, confidential documents related to the investigation and Grimsley would use the information to begin writing a book about the murders. At the same time Grimsley was named as the campaign manager for Wise's planned bid to become Oklahoma's Attorney General. This arrangement, when brought to light, delayed the trial several months because Wise was forced to resign as D.A. due to his actions involving Grimsley.
Click the image to see the entire preliminary hearing transcript and associated court documents.