Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tennessee Colony, Texas campsite massacre claims 6, including child

I drive thru Tennessee Colony on the road below, to visit my family at their ranch just outside of Palestine Texas and have stopped at this camp area to use my phone. E-Mail from family member this morning--be--We don’t know the victims or the shooter in the multi murder here.  It was up the road about 9 miles and on a small road off of 645.  I don’t think we know all the exact facts yet.  In case you are wondering.
It was supposed to be a vacation spot — undeveloped land in rural Texas that could be used for camping and hunting in a part of America where roads have numbers, not names. But now, the owner of a newly purchased campsite and five other people, including a 6-year-old boy, have been killed, and a neighbor has been charged in one of the slayings after an intended victim survived to tell the tale.
It’s not clear why William Hudson, a 33-year man living in an unincorporated part of Texas about 100 miles southeast of Dallas called Tennessee Colony, allegedly took the life of at least one of a group of two out-of-town families who appeared to be enjoying new land for the first time. It’s also not clear who was killed, or how — some names and details were still unavailable. But after shots rang out early Sunday, the body count quickly mounted.“This is the largest [homicide] I’ve seen in Anderson County,” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said, as CBS 19 reported.Shots were first heard between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Nov. 15, as the Palestine Herald-Press reported. Around 7 a.m., police were called by Cynthia Johnson, a woman who survived the rampage and hid in the woods, only to be found alive later by the side of a road.Authorities rushed to the scene, initially putting the number of dead at two — a man and a woman found dead in a trailer on the new property. Four males, including a child, were thought missing. However, police said they pulled those bodies from a pond behind Hudson’s house Monday afternoon, leaving police with an enormous crime scene and no immediate explanation for the carnage.
 “It’s just very scary and I’m just in disbelief that this could have happened so close,” Johnna Satterwhite, who lives near the scene, told CBS 19. “You just don’t ever think someone could do this to anybody else.”Read More 


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