As Broadway singer Kristin Chenoweth explains in ABC News’ Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders, as a Girl Scout growing up near Tulsa, Oklahoma, she had planned to join on the overnight trip where three young girls were murdered in 1977.
However, due to illness, she was unable to attend. “I was supposed to be on that trip, but I got sick.” “My mother told me, ‘You can’t go,'” says Chenoweth in the documentary trailer. “It’s been with me my entire life.” It’s possible I was one of them. The Hulu documentary, hosted by Chenoweth, examines the Oklahoma killings and revisits the families of those who perished. “I wish I had never had to tell this story,” Chenoweth says. “It haunts me every day, but I feel compelled to tell this story.” Hulu will premiere the true-crime docuseries on May 24.
The series will feature new details about the horrific occurrence, including interviews with a camp counselor, a sheriff who reopened the investigation, and the acquitted suspect’s counsel.
“I wish I had never had to tell this story,” Chenoweth says. “It haunts me every day, but I feel compelled to tell this story.”
Oklahoma girl scout murders: About
The Oklahoma Girl Scout Killings are a case that was solved on June 13, 1977, at Camp Scott in Mayes County, Oklahoma. Three Girl Scouts between the ages of eight and ten were raped and murdered. Their bodies were discovered 150 yards (140 meters) from their summer camp tent, on a trail heading to the showers. When Gene Leroy Hart, a local jail escapee with a history of violence, was apprehended, the case was declared closed. Hart, on the other hand, was acquitted in March 1979 when a jury unanimously found him not guilty. In 2022, it was revealed that, despite being officially inconclusive, DNA testing in the case clearly indicated Hart’s involvement in the crime.
A counselor at Camp Scott realized her possessions had been raided and her doughnuts had been stolen during an on-site training session less than two months before the murders. “We are on a mission to kill three girls in tent one,” a handwritten note inside the empty doughnut box stated in big letters. The memo was considered a joke by the director of that camp session, and it was tossed.