It sounds like the stuff urban legends are made of, but this story, unfortunately, is no legend – it is all true.
The Murders at Camp Scott
A few months earlier a camp counsellor was at the camp. She was at a training session, and when she returned to her tent, she saw that all of her things were messily strewn about, and that her doughnuts had been taken. There was a handwritten note inside the doughnut box which stated that the writer would murder three campers in one tent. The counsellor was not concerned. It was a place of scary campfire tales after all, and pranks were very common. She threw the note out.
The hunt began to find the killer. The floor of the tent, a wooden board, was airlifted to a crime laboratory due to the apparent unsuccessful attempt of someone who tried mopping up all the blood with towels and mattresses. A red flashlight which had a piece of newspaper inside it, a nylon rope and a roll of electrical tape was found near the bodies, and several pairs of prescription glasses were also found lying around.
Gene Leroy Hart had kidnapped two pregnant women (both who wore spectacles), driven them to a wooded area where he bound and raped both women. He put duct tape over their nostrils and left them to suffocate to death. The victims were able to free themselves and escape, which lead to his arrest.
As he was an escaped prisoner, he was thrown back in prison, and a year later collapsed and died of a heart attack. He proclaimed his innocence up until his death.
In 2008 a DNA test was performed using material from the crime scene. The investigators stated the results were ‘inconclusive’.
The case is officially still open, although inactive. Camp Scott had served Girl Scouts for almost half a century but has never re-opened since this tragedy.