Glen Samuel McCurley

Rick Tracewell

Glen Samuel McCurley was indicted on a charge of capital murder for his role in the death of Carla Jan Walker, a 17-year-old Western Hills High School junior who was kidnapped and murdered in 1974.

Police Arrest Suspect

Rick Tracewell

Police in Fort Worth, Texas announced an arrest in the 1974 cold case rape and murder of Carla Walker, 17. The defendant is Glen Samuel McCurley, now 77. Cops said they were finally able to create a full DNA profile of the suspect from the scene by retesting it using new technology.

Letter

Police Receive Letter

Rick Tracewell

Fort Worth Police announced that they had received a “crudely written” letter regarding Carla’s abduction and murder. Click the image to read the letter.

Benbrook Lake, Texas

Carla Found

Rick Tracewell

Carla’s body was found near Benbrook Lake. She had been dumped in a culvert. She had been raped, beaten and strangled. She was tortured for two days. It would be determined later that she had been injected with morphine.

Rodney Goes For Help

Rick Tracewell

Rodney lost consciousness for an undetermined amount of time. When he came to, he drove straight to Carla’s home to tell her parents. He repeatedly rang the doorbell and banged on the door. When they opened the door, a bloody Rodney screamed, “They’ve got her! They’ve got her!”

Carla Walker and Rodney McCoy

Carla Abducted

Rick Tracewell

While Carla and her boyfriend Rodney were kissing in Rodney’s car that was parked in the lot at Ridglea Bowl, a man jerked open the passenger door, beat Rodney over the head with a pistol until he was bleeding profusely and semi-conscious. He then dragged Carla off with him. Her last words to Rodney were, “Go get help!” Then to the perpetrator, “I’ll go with you. Don’t hurt him.”

Ridglea Bowl

Ridglea Bowl

Rick Tracewell

After the dance, Carla and Rodney park in the parking lot of Ridglea Bowl – a popular bowling alley and hangout.

Carla Walker and Boyfriend Rodney McCoy at Valentines Dance

Valentines Dance

Rick Tracewell

Carla and her boyfriend, senior Rodney McCoy, attend the Valentines Dance at Western Hills High School.

Carla Walker 1974 High School Photo

Carla Attends School

Rick Tracewell

It was a normal Friday school day at Western Hills High School for junior Carla Walker.