Body Count

Mass slayings shock Texas

Texas had more than it could handle last week. Within a span of four days, police were confronted with four mass slayings that claimed at least 23 lives.

It began a week ago Saturday. Police discovered the skeletal remains of two, or possibly three, men in an abandoned well in the woods near Blum, in north Texas. Arrested on suspicion of murder: Jerry Van Pendley and Henry Burton Merrill, a hermit and trapper. Then, on Monday morning, in a Dallas suburb, Truck Driver John Parrish, 46, after an argument with...

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