Kristin Chenoweth's connection to girl scout murders

Published By Alexandra Heilbron on May 18, 2022

Michelle Guse, Lori Farmer, Doris Denise Milner, Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth has revealed she was a member of the Oklahoma Girl Scout troop that was on a camping trip in Oklahoma in 1977 when three of the girls were murdered. Kristin, who was nine when the murders occurred, was scheduled to go on the trip -- but at the last minute, she had to cancel. She recalls, "I had gotten sick, and Mom said, 'You can't go.'"

"It haunts me every day," Chenoweth says in the trailer for the Hulu mini-series Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders. She adds, "As a Girl Scout, I loved going to camp. The friendships that I made, they were like my sisters. I never once thought anything bad could happen. It has stuck with me my whole life: I could have been one of them."

Chenoweth recently returned to her home state to host the series, which takes another look at the murders of Lori Lee Farmer, 8, Michele Heather Guse, 9, and Doris Denise Milner, 10, all from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where Chenoweth was born and raised.

Along with over 100 other campers, the three little girls arrived at Camp Scott on June 12, 1977, and were assigned to Tent #8, which was the farthest from their counselor's tent. Each tent held four girls, but the other girl assigned to Tent #8 was late due to a scheduling conflict. That night there was a thunderstorm, so all the campers went to their tents early. The three girls were found approximately 150 yards away at 6 a.m., on the trail leading to the showers. Two of the girls -- Farmer and Guse -- had been beaten to death inside the tent. Milner had been stabbed to death a few yards away. All three were sexually assaulted.

DNA testing was not yet available in 1977, but there was plenty of evidence, including duct tape, a cord and a flashlight with a fingerprint on the lens. A footprint was found inside the tent, and another one, different in size, was found outside. Afterwards, it came to light that a note had been left two months earlier in a cabin on camp property. It read, "We are on a mission to kill three girls in tent one," signed "The Killer." The camp director believed it to be a prank and thought no more of it.

Police dogs located more evidence in a cave two miles from camp, including a flashlight battery, glasses that were believed to have been from the camp, and photos of women that were linked to an escaped convict named Gene Leroy Hart.

Hart, who had escaped prison in 1973, had been serving time for burglary, as well as the kidnapping and rape of two pregnant women. He was charged with the girls' murders, but acquitted by a jury following a trial. However, he was returned to prison to serve out his time for the other crimes, and died June 4, 1979 of a heart attack.

Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders debuts May 24 on Hulu.

Comments & Discussion

  1. Angela • 5/18/2022 5:00:31 PM

    This sounds fascinating. I hope Disney+ will pick it up, like they've done with other quality Hulu shows like Only Murders in the Building.

  2. Diane • 5/18/2022 11:58:38 PM

    Omg so scary and sad 😢

  3. Paul • 5/19/2022 9:54:23 AM

    What a horrifying story. He shouldn't have died of a heart attack { unless he was haunted by the three girls ghosts] he should have being giving the death penalty

  4. Chris • 5/19/2022 10:06:38 AM

    Tribute, there should be a trigger warning at the beginning of this article. This is an entertainment ‘magazine’ and addressing the association to an actress is one thing but this article goes into graphic detail about what was done to these poor girls. If you insist on publishing such content, make sure your readers are aware prior. As it is, I will be second guessing or refraining from opening any future articles.

  5. Joe Mcmahan • 5/19/2022 11:03:12 PM

    No put killers in jail an pray that they live a 100 yrs. Because they would have too be in 6 x 10 cell for many years . It would play on their mind that I'll never leave this tiny cell for the rest of my life .

  6. Dee • 5/21/2022 11:04:21 AM

    “SOMEONE CRY FOR THE CHILDREN” is the book.Very rare find. Native believers wld say he was guilty and used Indian medicine to proclaim innocence. Died as a result of abusing the medicine. He was a healthy man no reason to die.

  7. Dee • 5/21/2022 11:16:45 AM

    “SOMEONE CRY FOR THE CHILDREN” is the book.Very rare find. Native believers wld say he was guilty and used Indian medicine to proclaim innocence. Died as a result of abusing the medicine. He was a healthy man no reason to die.

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