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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

6 dead in mass murder at Texas Campsite

Thomas Kamp and Hannah Johnson were found murdered in Anderson County (Photo: Facebook)

ANDERSON COUNTY – Sheriff’s deputies said they have not pinpointed a motive in the deaths of six people — the largest mass murder anyone here can remember.

Hannah Johnson's son Kade was said to be among the six people found dead in rural Anderson County. (Photo: Facebook)

A neighbor is suspected of killing the six individuals, including a young child, who were on a weekend campout on their own land nearby.
At least three of the victims — Thomas Kamp, Hannah Johnson, and her young son Kade — lived in Midlothian, southwest of Dallas. But Kamp recently purchased a rural parcel of land off County Road 2217 between Tennessee Colony and Palestine.
"They bought land probably to camp – come to the piney woods to camp," said Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

But Sunday morning at 7:02 a.m. the sheriff got a 911 call from the property. Arriving deputies found the bodies of a man and a woman in a travel trailer.
Then — Monday afternoon about 1:15 p.m. —  investigators pulled four more bodies out of a nearby pond. There were the remains of three men along with Hannah’s son, Kade.
Carl Johnson, 77, Hannah’s father, was one of the victims, according to KYTX-TV, WFAA's sister station in East Texas.
Names of the other deceased have not been released.
The only survivor is Hannah's mother, Cynthia Johnson, according to the Franklin (Maine) Sun Journal. Sheriff Taylor said she made the call for help and hid in the woods until deputies arrived.
Mrs. Johnson and physical evidence, the sheriff said, led them to suspect a neighbor, William Hudson, 33, for the crime.
Investigators said they found him at his mother’s house not far from his own home nearby.
"He was passive [and] resisted at first,” Sheriff Taylor explained. “He wouldn't come out. But then I believe he got a call from his mother or sister and he came out peacefully.”
The district attorney said Hudson currently faces one count of murder and is jailed in lieu of $2.5 million bond. The DA said prosecutors are preparing additional charges.
Sheriff Taylor said it's uncertain how the victims died... or why. Neither the victims nor the suspect knew each other, he explained.

The motive for the murders remains a mystery.
Kamp and Johnson had been in a relationship for five years, according to his Facebook page. She worked at Compass Adjusting Services, an insurance adjuster, off South Hulen Street and Bellaire Drive in southwest Fort Worth, according to her Facebook account.
Kamp is originally from California. Johnson grew up in Maine.
Her parents retired in Anderson County, according to the Sun Journal. Public records show they lived for a decade in Hillsboro in Hill County.

Hudson is not talking to investigators, and has not made any admission, the sheriff said. Taylor said Hudson was investigated for assault in the last few weeks, but did not deliberate.
The six bodies were sent to Tyler. A preliminary autopsy report on them will not be ready until Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning, the sheriff said.


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