It has been 40 years since a trio of serial killers, working together, murdered at least 29 teenage boys here in the Houston area.
And while some are convinced there are more bodies still buried, others believe they themselves narrowly missed becoming part of the grim death toll.
A man named Miguel tells FOX 26 News he was walking in Garden Oaks when Dean Corll's now-infamous van pulled up next to him.
Accomplice Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr., tried to get him in the van, Miguel said. But a driver who pulled up behind them started honking the horn. And that's the only thing that saved him from Henley's grasp.
"He'd have probably grabbed me," Miguel said. "And the other guys would have probably pulled me in the van. I'm almost sure of that because he was reaching for me."
Craig Toenniges worked in a Heights convenience store in the early 70's. He says Henley routinely came in to buy cigarettes and Cokes. But he says Corll always remained a shadowy figure behind the wheel in the parking lot.
"The only time I saw him was when they were in the van," Toenniges said. "And he never, ever came out of the van."
The case blew wide open in the summer of 1973, after Henley murdered Corll and led police to the boys' bodies, buried in several mass graves.
Henley and another accomplice, David Brooks, are serving multiple life sentences for their crimes.