Man hopes to solve 1977 triple killing

June 14, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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TULSA, Okla., June 14 (UPI) -- A Kansas City man says his fictional film about the 1977 killings of three Girl Scouts in Oklahoma will reveal the identity of the actual killer.

John Russell, 61, told the Tulsa World he is both writer and director of the movie and that the families of two of the three victims have given him the green light. He said he knew both Gene Leroy Hart, who was acquitted in 1979 of the triple homicide, and of the person he says committed the crime -- someone he says he will not identify now.

"We're trying to put to bed the information that's been out there for 34 years. We're going to show who it was and that it was not Gene Hart," he said.

Lori Farmer, 8, of Tulsa, Michelle Guse, 9, of Broken Arrow and Doris Milner, 10, of Tulsa were raped and killed at Camp Scott, a Girl Scout camp near Locust Grove, Okla.

Hart was acquitted in 1979, only to die of a heart attack three months later while imprisoned for an unrelated conviction.

Russell grew up in Tulsa and said he went to Camp Garland, the Boy Scout camp near Camp Scott. He said he has experience doing hunting and fishing videos and shot a romantic drama, "Oklahoma Faded Love" that was released on video.

The film's protagonist is a fictional female reporter for the World who becomes obsessed by the case, Russell said.

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