Monthly Archives: July 2012

The mystery of the Texas Killing Fields… And how one man may hold the answer to the 30 young women found …

She had been beaten, raped and strangled to death, but it took 26 years for her killer to be brought to justice.

In April this year, Kevin Edison Smith, the man who choked the life out of the innocent girl, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life without parole.

Murdered: Kevin Edison Smith was convicted of the 1986 murder of Krystal Jean Baker in April this year

Murdered: Kevin Edison Smith was convicted of the 1986 murder of Krystal Jean Baker in April this year

Murdered: Kevin Edison Smith was convicted of the 1986 murder of Krystal Jean Baker in April this year

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"The Killing Fields": Disappearance of Texas girl still haunts 48 Hours reporter

Laura Smither

(CBS) FRIENDSWOOD, Texas – After 25 years covering crime, I consider myself a pretty tough, thick-skinned reporter, but even so, there are certain tragic stories that stay with you and even haunt you throughout your career.

One of those occurred in 1997 and involved the disappearance of a Texas girl, a child who was just days away from turning into a teenager. Her name: Laura Smither. 

Even today, 14-and-a-half years later, I can’t hear her name without
immediately seeing her delicate-boned, smiling face, captured for
posterity on film and video.

In April 1997, while working for CBS News’ “48 Hours” and just days after Laura had vanished, I traveled to the middle class community of Friendswood, south of Houston, to spend time with Laura’s parents, Bob and Gay Smither. Laura was home-schooled, rarely out of her mother’s sight,

Read more at: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-killing-fields-disappearance-of-texas-girl-still-haunts-48-hours-reporter/