Tony- and Emmy award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth has entered the world of true crime to tell the horrifying true story of the 1977 Girl Scout murders in Oklahoma.
Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders, premieres on Hulu on Tuesday, May 24, and delves deep into the case of three young Oklahoma children, who were found sexually assaulted and dead after their first night at Girl Scout camp.
The four-part series also explores unsolved parts of the case, how authorities are still uncovering new leads, and the impact of the killings on the victim’s families.
But what happened to Chenoweth and how is she connected to the harrowing murders of Lori Lee Farmer, 8, Doris Denise Milner, 10, and Michele Heather Guse, 9 on June 13, 1977? Newsweek has everything you need to know.
What Happened To Kristin Chenoweth? Her Connection to The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders
Chenoweth leads the ABC News and Hulu documentary, Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders.
It is important to Chenoweth personally to tell this story as she was supposed to be on the same trip to Camp Scott as Lori Lee Farmer, Doris Denise Milner, and Michele Heather Guse, alongside her fellow Girl Scouts, in June 1977.
However, Chenoweth was unwell and her mother would not let go on the trip.
Speaking in the documentary, Chenoweth states: “It has stuck with me my whole life. I could have been one of them.
“It haunts me every day, but this story needs to be told.”
On June 13, 1977, at Camp Scott in Mayes County, Oklahoma, United States, the bodies of Farmer, Milner, and Guse were uncovered on a trail leading to the camp showers.
Less than two months before the murders took place, during an on-site training session, a counselor at Camp Scott found a note in her doughnut box (which had been ransacked) that read: “We are on a mission to kill three girls in tent one” but the note was discarded by the camp’s director as a prank.
Teaming up with ABC News and Mayes law enforcement, Chenoweth returns to her home state of Oklahoma. They explore the multiple theories about what happened and pour through the evidence, leading them to the man they believe responsible.
Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders features interviews with a camp counselor, a sheriff who reopened the case, and the acquitted suspect’s counsel.
Warning: This article contains spoilers about, Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders
In April 1978, local man Gene Leroy Hart, who had escaped from prison in 1973 and had a history of sexual violence against women, was charged with the killings.
However, he was found not guilty in 1979 by a jury.
He died on June 4, 1979, from a heart attack while in prison on unrelated charges at the age of 35. The Oklahoma Girl Scout murders have remained unsolved ever since.
A decade after Hart’s death, a DNA test showed three of the five probes matched Hart’s DNA. Further developments in DNA technology since the 1980s have allowed the Mayes Police Department to carry out several tests in a bid to solve the case.
In 2022, the Hayes authorities announced more DNA tests had been carried out in 2019. The results strongly pointed to Hart’s involvement in the killings, despite being officially inconclusive as no full DNA profile has ever been developed in the case.
The tests also eliminated several other suspects but could not fully eliminate Hart.
Sheriff Mike Reed of Mayes County said in a statement: “Unless something new comes up, something brought to light we are not aware of, I am convinced where I’m sitting of Hart’s guilt and involvement in this case.”
Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders premieres Tuesday, May 24 on Hulu.
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