Texas Killing Fields


This story consists of many, many murders and disappearances along a stretch of I-45 South between Houston and Galveston. Since the 1970s, more than 30 young women and children have been found dumped along this remote stretch of highway, and some have been found in a 25 acre patch of land a mile from I-45 that has been dubbed “The Killing Fields.”

Detectives believe this was the work of a serial killer due to the sheer number of bodies found in the same area. In a letter written to police in 1998, a convicted murderer named Edward Howard Bell claimed to have murdered 11 girls in Galveston County, and although he was a suspect in the case, police didn’t have enough evidence to press charges against him.

Only one of the brutal murders was ever solved when Louisiana police arrested Kevin Edison Smith in 2009 on drug charges. His DNA matched the biological evidence found at the crime scene of Krystal Jean Baker, who was just 13 years old when she disappeared from a Texas City convenience store in 1996.

Unfortunately, the rest of the murders stand unsolved… But what we can gather from the confession and then conviction from two different criminals is that there may have been many killers involved in this case.


  • information was obtained from https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/texas/unsolved-mysteries-tx/


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