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The man charged in the killings of six people at an East Texas campsite had earlier befriended the group and helped dislodge one of their vehicles from mud, a sheriff said Tuesday.
William Hudson, 33, met the six people, who were part of two families, and spent time speaking with them on Saturday, Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said.
"One of the vehicles became stuck and he pulled them out and they gathered around the camp and hung out together," he said.
He said Hudson returned hours later and killed them all, though authorities have not said how.
Taylor declined to elaborate on the attack or a motive, but said Tuesday that there were "several different crime scenes."
The bodies of a man and a woman were found in a travel camper and four bodies, including a child, were later pulled from a pond about a half-mile away. One woman survived and alerted authorities.
"I've been in law enforcement for 31 years and I've never seen anything like this," he said.
One of the victims had purchased undeveloped land adjacent to property owned by Hudson and his family about 100 miles southeast of Dallas, Taylor said.
originally posted by: deadeyedick
Pretty close to home it seems.
Did you come across a town name?
Your surmise that more bodies there may be right but also it could be that he was trying to purchase the same land and missed out or that he felt encroachment into his way of life of gathering and using that land for yrs that was not his.
originally posted by: WeDemBoyz
This is close to my home town, so I also have been paying close attention to this. Here is my thoughts...
I do not believe the guy is a serial killer, nor do I believe they will find more bodies. I believe the suspect was a meth head and was probably running a meth lab on the property recently acquired by the victims. The suspect likely got high on meth, got paranoid that his lab would be discovered and, in his paranoid state, decided his only option was to eliminate the owners of the land adjacent to his own. Far fetched? Perhaps. But no more so than taking the serial killer angle.
Now Kamp’s former wife, Carina, has told the Palestine Herald the bad blood that existed between Hudson and the family following their purchase of the land that they used for camping.
Speaking to the Herald she explained that Kamp had chain locked the property following the purchase, closing off the land to Hudson. She said that Kamp had told her that Hudson was angry about his father’s transaction of the land and the fact that Kamp had put up a gate making the land private.
Carina said that Hudson cut the lock and regained possession of the land without Kamp’s knowledge and that he had made the discovery during the recent weekend visit.
She said: ‘Mine and my family’s theory is that Mr Hudson got mad that my husband bought the land and this [the murders] was something he planned on doing.’
He went to talk to the campers to recon the situation... How many people, campsite layout, etc... The killings are drug related... They probably got to close to a Meth Lab... 100 miles southeast of Dallas is known for Meth production and called the Meth capital of Texas...
Police believe that Hudson acted alone and said he has a previous record of violent behavior. They gave no motive for the killings. Hudson had been arrested on an unrelated assault charge earlier this month, the sheriff’s department said. Family members say the six people killed were part of a blended family that had come from as far away as California for a weekend together. Family member Steven Woodruff said Tuesday the group was camping on wooded land that his nephew, 46-year-old Thomas Kamp, had purchased in August.
The trio was joined last weekend by Carl and Cynthia Johnson and Kamp’s two sons from a previous marriage, Nathan and Austin Kamp, who were California residents. The family was also celebrating Nathan Kamp’s 24th birthday. Erik Johnson went to Texas after the killings to be with his stepmother, Cynthia, and his wife, Trudy, has stayed in Farmington to look after the farm, the Farmington family friend said. She said that Hannah’s son and Kamp’s children had just visited Farmington this summer, and Erik’s daughter was just beginning to get close with her “new cousins.”
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) - A Maine community is in mourning over the deaths of two former residents who were among six people killed in Texas.
Carl Johnson was killed along with his daughter, Hannah Johnson, last weekend. Carl Johnson's wife, Cynthia, was the sole survivor. The University of Maine at Farmington says the parents retired from UMF in 1999 to pursue their passion for travel. Their daughter graduated from Mount Blue High School in Farmington and held a degree from the University of Maine. The victims were killed on wooded land owned by Thomas Kamp, Hannah's boyfriend. He was killed along with his older children and Hannah's 6-year-old son.
originally posted by: deadeyedick
a reply to: Vasa Croe
I know it sounds illogical but that is the mentality of people in the sticks.