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Suspected Serial Killer: William Felix Vail killed his first wife, Mary, sentenced to LWOP; Suspected of killing his girlfriend and 2nd wife

Victims
Mary Horton Vail, 22 [10/28/1962 Calcasieu Parish, LA]
Sharon Hensley, 24 [2/1973 Key West, FL]
Annette Craver Vail, 18 [10/22/1984 Tulsa, OK]

Find-A-Grave: Mary Elizabeth Horton Vail
Sharon Hensley Memorial
Charley Project: Sharon Hensley
Charley Project: Annette Michelle Craver Vail
Gone
Suspect in 1962 Louisiana slaying arrested in Canyon Lake
Suspected serial killer Felix Vail arrested in death of wife
More details released in Felix Vail arrest
Outlining the murder case against William Felix Vail
Could Skull Belong to Serial Killer Suspect’s Wife?
Mysterious disappearances linked to man on trial in wife’s 1962 death
Suspected serial killer stands trial in 1962 murder of first wife
Jury: Felix Vail guilty of murder
Felix Vail Found Guilty of Murder in Wife’s 1962 Death, While Disappearances of 2 Other Women Remain a Mystery
Local woman’s push for justice in daughter’s death subject of TV show
OK – Annette Craver Vail, 18, Sulphur, 5 Oct 1984

Movies/Documentaries
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas: A Mother’s Quest

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: VAIL, WILLIAM F
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 77
Location: Louisiana State Penitentiary
Race: White
Contact Facility: Louisiana Department of Corrections

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3 Responses

  1. This is the oldest cold case serial conviction – 54 years, from the 1st murder in 1962 to the conviction in 2016; but the oldest cold case murder conviction, not involving a serial killing, went 55 years, from the murder in 1957 to the conviction in 2016, of Jack McCullough, for the murder of Maria Ridulph, in Sycamore, Illinois. Jack was convicted and sentenced to LWOP, did 5 years in prison, had his conviction reversed, and is now living in the state of Washington.

  2. This story broke my heart. 20/20 did an episode about this story; it featured an extensive interview with Annette’s mother…made me cry like a baby. ❤️RIP, lovely angels.👼🏻

  3. On a positive note, “The Real Story” is the best ID show since “Twisted”. I’ve learned so much more about the cases explored on her show, especially Carl “Charlie” Brandt’s, which I am completely obsessed with.

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