It was around this time last year that Oklahoma's most infamous and heinous crime was finally solved. The horrific and terrifying Oklahoma Girl Scout murders. If you're unfamiliar with this tragic and horrifying case it happened back in 1977 at a Girl Scout camp named 'Camp Scott' in Locust Grove, OK. 3 girls were attacked, raped, and murdered by an unknown homicidal maniac. It remained unsolved for over 45 years until 2022.

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Prior to the murders camp counselors found a note that said three campers would be killed and warned that horrible things would occur once the camp was open for the season. This was found 2 weeks before the girls were attacked. The prime suspect in the murders was an escaped prisoner named Gene Leroy Hart who was hiding out in the woods and caves in the area. He was eventually arrested but found not guilty of the crime.

The lack of evidence at the scene and unfortunately back in those days DNA evidence and testing weren't available. Well, things and times have changed and thanks to DNA testing investigators have now identified Gene Leroy Hart as the killer. Mayes County Sheriff Mike Reed spent years working on the case and after re-testing all the evidence he ruled everyone else out as a possible suspect, except for Gene Leroy Hart in 2022.

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Sheriff Reed stated he's convinced that not only did Hart do it, but that he would have been convicted if the evidence and DNA testing were around back then. Oklahoma City's News 9 did an article I stumbled across last year about the case being solved, you can click here to see the whole story. Along with that KOCO 5 News did a story on it (video above) as well. I'm glad that after all these years the case was finally solved.

IT WAS AROUND THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE CASE WAS FINALLY SOLVED AFTER 45 YEARS

It took a little over 45 years to solve, I can't imagine what these families went through all that time. Now finally the families of the three little girls: Lori Farmer, Michelle Guse, and Denise Milner know who was responsible. Hopefully, this news will help and they can somehow get some closure. It was one of Oklahoma's most notorious and tragic unsolved murders for decades. Then in 2022, it was finally solved.

Remember Hart was an escaped prisoner hiding out in the same area as the camp when the murders took place. While he was never convicted of the crime most people, law enforcement included thought he was guilty. He was captured around the same time as the murders and taken back to prison to serve out the rest of his time for various charges including burglary, kidnapping, and rape. He died in prison in 1979.

Take a virtual tour of the now abandoned 'Camp Scott' in Locust Grove, OK.

Honestly, I didn't think the case would ever be solved. It's been featured several times on different crime shows and TV movies throughout the years, but until 2022 remained unsolved. The case has been the subject of numerous urban legends, and hauntings. Remembered as one of Oklahoma's most horrific crimes paranormal investigators and mediums have visited the site, Camp Scott seeking answers.

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We even featured it in an article last year "The Top 10 Most Terrifying Oklahoma Urban Legends and Hauntings." You can read the article, watch the videos and rank the top 10 by clicking here. Of course with Camp Scott being the site of such a horrendous crime, the rumors of it being haunted are widespread. Those who visit the camp report seeing and hearing the ghosts of children along with all kinds of other paranormal, even supernatural activity. One thing's for sure, haunted or not, the place is beyond creepy.

If you're into the paranormal and supernatural Oklahoma has a ton of haunted places, urban legends, mythical monsters, and frightening folklore. It seems that just about everywhere you go in the Sooner State you'll find ghosts and terrifying tales. Click here for even more Oklahoma hauntings and scary stories!

The Top 5 most frightening Oklahoma myths & monsters

These five frightening Oklahoma myths and monsters will keep you up at night. We're talking about pure nightmare fuel. No matter what you believe or where you live you aren't safe from these legendary fiends of absolute terror. You can find these sinister creatures in the deep woods, lakes, and even within city limits across the Sooner State. Even your home isn't safe from these monstrous beasts. If you've lived here for a while you may have heard of some, maybe even all of these mythological and supernatural monsters below.

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Top 10 terrifying towns & creepy cities in Oklahoma

While Oklahoma is well known for its beauty and friendly people there are a few places in the Sooner State you'll want to avoid. These are the most terrifying towns and scary cities in the state. It's not that they're bad places, or plagued with crime and other negative factors. The towns and cities below have one single thing in common. They all have active paranormal and supernatural phenomenons. From ghost stories to urban legends and tragic tales. A lot of these places are well known to those who live in Oklahoma and even all over the nation. If you're looking to get scared or do a little ghost hunting you can start with the list below.

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The Dreadful Downtown Hauntings of Lawton, OK.

When it comes to ghost tales and hauntings Lawton, Fort Sill has more than a few scary stories to tell. The most active hauntings and paranormal/supernatural occurrences that have been reported seem to be centered around downtown Lawton. If you've lived here a while I'm sure you've heard a few of these terrifying tales yourself. If not check out the photo gallery below of the dreadful downtown hauntings of Lawton, OK.

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Lake Altus-Lugert and SWOK's Underwater Ghost Town

Like most rare things, conditions have to be just right to see one of Oklahoma's hidden gems. In years of good and average rainfall, the lost town of Lugert stays buried beneath the waves... but in dry years, especially those stricken by drought, you can walk around this pre-statehood townsite while enjoying one of Oklahoma's prettiest areas, Quartz Mountain State Park.

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