Serial killer William Reece is still alive as he saved himself from the death penalty.
Numerous young women and girls vanished from southern Texas near I-45 beginning in the 1970s, and many of their bodies were later discovered in a remote area known as the Texas Killing Fields.
In 1997, Reece frequently traveled back and forth from his mother’s house in Oklahoma to his new home in Texas. The prosecution of William Reece for the murders of Laura Smither, Kelli Cox, Tiffany Johnston, and Jessica Cain took more than 20 years.
He was extradited to Texas in June 2022, where he was prosecuted for the murders of Smither, Cain, and Cox. After entering a guilty plea, William was given three life sentences.
Serial Killer William Reece Is Still Alive- Death Hoax
The death of William Reece was just a hoax, as he is still alive and will continue to serve a life sentence in prison, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He is situated at Polunsky in Livingston, Texas, about one hour’s drive from the scene of the killings.
William Reece was formally sentenced to death in Oklahoma. (Source: abc13.com)
Nearly two decades after his arrest, in 2015, Reece’s DNA was discovered to match that on a dress belonging to Tiffany Johnston, a 19-year-old who had been killed in Oklahoma in 1997. Tiffany Johnston had been murdered.
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Reece was convicted of Johnston’s murder and given the death penalty in August 2021 while still serving time for the attempted murder and kidnapping of Sapaugh. However, he assisted authorities in locating their bodies, which were discovered over a wide area in two different dig sites, saving him from the death penalty.
What Did William Reece Do?
The terrifyingly named “Texas Killing Fields” was given to the area where 30 bodies have been discovered. The only person accused of more than one murder in the Texas Killing Fields is William Lewis Reece.
Reece abducted Sandra Sapaugh in 1997, but she managed to get away. Her testimony resulted in Reece’s arrest, a kidnapping conviction carrying a 60-year sentence, and speculation that Reece may have been connected to a number of the unsolved murders in the region.
Serial killer William Reece pleads guilty to the cold-case murders. (Source: nypost.com)
Reece was detained in September 1997 for Sandra Sapaugh’s kidnapping and attempted murder. For the attack, he was given a 60-year sentence. Nearly two decades later, in 2015, Reece’s DNA was discovered to match that on a dress belonging to Tiffany Johnston, a 19-year-old who had been killed in Oklahoma in 1997. Tiffany Johnston had been murdered.
Reece was convicted of Johnston’s murder and given the death penalty in August 2021 while still serving time for the attempted murder and kidnapping of Sapaugh. Then, after Kelli Cox, 20, and Jessica Cain, 17, went missing in 1997, he admitted to killing both of them.
Where Is William Reece Now?
In Texas, where William Reece is being held, the Allan B. Polunsky Unit, West Livingston, is about a one-hour drive from the Texas Killing Fields.
After his sentencing for the deaths of Smither, Cain, and Cox, officials informed KPRC 2 that they would “work out the details of when he may be sent back to Oklahoma,” as Reece had also been found guilty of Johnston’s murder in Oklahoma.
They are very happy he is back to face charges, Gay Smither, Laura Smither’s mother, told ABC13.
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Kelli Cox’s mother, Jan Bynum, stressed the importance of making it official in the records that he was guilty in Texas, not only for Kelli but also for Jessica and Laura. She went on to say that she didn’t want Reece to be free so he could harm others in the same way.