HOUSTON, TX – Time does not heal all wounds. Elmer Wayne Henley is a convicted serial killer involved in a series of murders in Houston. Twenty-eight young boys killed in all, from 1970 to 1973. One of those killed was 13-year-old Stanton Dreymala. Elaine, his mother, says, “There’s a hole in our hearts that can’t be filled. You learn to live with it. You go about your daily life, doing the normal things you do, but it’s always there with you.”
The Dreymalas (the last surviving parents of one of the victims) are reliving their nightmare, because Henley happens to be up for parole, again. Victim Advocate Andy Kahan says, “Henley, believe it or not, has been up for parole over 20 times. He hasn’t even served two years for every young boy he’s responsible for murdering. It’s insane and it’s ludicrous to put families through this needless grief, pain and agony every few years.”
That’s exactly why Texas passed House Bill 1914. The new law (in effect September 1) now allows the parole board to review capital murder cases, up to every 10 years. That’s a longer time for murder victim families, to not have to think about maggots like Henley. Kahan says, “I can not think of a better poster child, for us to be testing the new law out, than serial killer Elmer Wayne Henley, who’s essentially responsible for marching and procuring 28 young boys to their death.”
Henley is currently serving six life sentences, for what is today called the Houston Mass Murders. The Dreymalas are making sure it stays that way, by driving up to Palestine, Texas to ask the parole board to give Henley the maximum time between hearings. It’s been painful road for the Dreymalas, but even after all this time the love for their son continues to drive them.