baker highway

The Texas Killing Fields is the name given to a 25-acre patch of land bordering the Calder Oil Field in Texas. The area is located a mile from Interstate 45, also known as the Highway of Hell due to the high amount of fatal traffic accidents that occur on it. Starting in the early 1970s, the FBI and local police have found nearly 30 bodies dumped in the fields, mostly consisting of young girls. Many claim that the fields are “a perfect place for killing somebody and getting away with it.” It has been hypothesized that the killings were carried out by a serial killer, due to the similarities between the victims and dump site. Most of the victims have been 10-25 years old, with essentially the same hairstyle. Many of the bodies have also been dumped near a source of water. One possible suspect was murderer Edward Harold Bell, who confessed to the murders of 11 girls in Galveston County. However, due to a lack of evidence, police were never able to charge him for the I-45 murders. In 2012, DNA evidence proved that Kevin Edison Smith was the person responsible for the beating, rape, and strangulation of I-45 victim Krystal Jean Baker. Smith had been arrested on a drug charge, and detectives had taken the opportunity to scan the DNA on Baker’s dress and compare it to Smith’s, since technology back in 1996 when Baker was murdered inhibited the police force from doing so. A match was made, and Smith was sentenced to life in prison. However, Smith was never convicted of any of the other murders, and the killers of the rest of the women were never identified. In 2011, a film about the murders was released. Director Ami Canaan Mann visited the fields before the movie was made, and claimed that “you could actually see the refineries that are in the South end of Texas City. You could see the I-45. But if you yelled no one would necessarily hear you, and if you ran there wouldn’t necessarily be anywhere to go.”