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21 bodies, no clear answers

21 bodies, no clear answers
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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 4:17am

Did the right man die in prison for the slaying of two Galveston teens?

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; suntanned and skinny, 14-year-olds Rhonda Renee Johnson and her best friend, Sharon Shaw, vanished from Galveston in 1971 in what some now suspect was part of a serial killer's murderous spree.

A few months later, two more surfer girls, just 15, disappeared after catching a ride in Galveston near Stewart Beach.

All four were killed, their bones and remains later found in marshy bayous.

"There were just so many girls missing," said former Brazoria County Sheriff's Lt. Matt Wingo, who in 1981 counted a string of at least 21 girls who had ended up dead since 1971.

One man was sent to prison for the murders of Johnson and Shaw. But 40 years later, investigators speculate that not only is it possible that the wrong person was convicted, but the killer or killers responsible for a series of unsolved slayings in Galveston, Harris and Brazoria counties never paid for the crimes.

To read more on this story, head to The Houston Chronicle's website: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7667527.html

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