Killer's Death Leaves Families Without Closure

Barbara Schwarz
April 23, 2019 - 5:54 pm
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GALVESTON (1080 KRLD) - An elderly killer collapsed and died in a Texas prison over the weekend, leaving many questions unanswered.  

82-year-old Edward Harold Bell died at the Wallace Pack Unit, which houses many elderly and infirmed inmates. Galveston police Detective Michelle Sollenberger says several years ago, Bell, who was serving a 70 year sentence for the 1978 murder of an ex-marine, wrote a letter in prison "which he titled the eleven who went to heaven. And in that letter he confessed to the murders of eleven girls in the Galveston area back in the 1970's."

Bell later recanted, but Sollenberger says she believes he was telling the truth. "We revisited the case a few years ago and DNA tested some evidence starting in 1971. We were able to find degraded male DNA, but it was not sufficient to come up with a DNA profile to compare to Bell."

The girl's remains were found throughout Galveston county, and a couple were found in Brazoria County.

She says she would have loved to seen him prosecuted for the deaths of the girls.  "He was going to be in prison for the rest of his life, but the families that he affected don't have closure and they're not going to have closure."

Asked if could say something to Bell now, she replied "Burn in hell."

As to Bell's original charge, he shot and killed ex-marine Larry Dickens in August of 1978, after Dickens confronted Bell for exposing himself to a group of neighborhood girls in Pasadena. He was released on bail before the trial and went on the lam for 14 years.