Kristin Chenoweth believes that falling sick as a child may have saved her life.
The Tony-winning actress reveals in the trailer for the docuseries “Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders” that she was supposed to be on a camping trip in 1977 when three of her Girl Scout pals were sexually raped and murdered.
In the trailer, Chenoweth adds, “This is a story I hope I never had to tell.” “Every day, it haunts me.”
Lori Lee Farmer, 8, Michele Heather Guse, 9, and Doris Denise Milner, 10, were murdered at Camp Scott near Locust Grove, Oklahoma, and Chenoweth went to her home state to take part in a re-investigation.
The actress describes in the trailer how much she enjoyed attending to Girl Scout camp and saw the troop members as her “sisters.”
“I never imagined anything horrible happening,” she says. “However, I came to find out what murder was.”
Gene Leroy Hart, a local guy, was arrested and charged with the crimes.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, Hart was cleared of the allegations but was sent back to prison to serve sentences for rape, kidnapping, and burglary resulting from previous convictions.
He is said to have died in prison in 1979.
The docuseries will involve an examination of DNA recovered from the crime scene in an attempt to identify the culprit definitively.
Chenoweth says, “There’s no closure.” “At the end, there’s no nice red bow.”
Hulu will premiere “Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders” on May 24.