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Rena Ranell Whitton

Rena Ranell Whitton

Female 1964 - 1991  (27 years)

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  • Name Rena Ranell Whitton 
    Born 25 May 1964  Sabine County, Tezas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 30 May 1991  Murdered Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I26020  Whitton
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Father James Harlan Whitton,   b. 22 Jan 1925, Sa Augustine, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 2010, San Augustine, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Wilma Ruth Jacks,   b. 20 Aug 1935,   d. 21 Jul 2001, Pineland, texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 20 Aug 1955 
    Family ID F9971  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
     1. Jacy Ra Rogers,   b. 8 Aug 1988,   d. 30 May 1991, Murdered Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F9972  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Earl Carl Heiselbetz, Jr.
      Executed January 12, 2000 by Lethal Injection in Texas
      Heiselbetz was the closest neighbor of the Rogers family, living two tenths of a mile away near Pineland, Texas. Before the Rogers moved in, Heiselbeck bragged that he could break in "whenever he wanted to." Heiselbeck was suspected of shooting one of the Rogers dogs on May 24, 1991. On the morning of May 30, 1991, Rena Rogers and her 2 year old daughter Jacy made arrangements to meet her sister in law. She never showed. Her car keys, purse, and a jar of coins were discovered missing from the Rogers' home, but there was no sign of foul play at the home. Rena's car was parked in her driveway. Almost a month later, the skeletal remains of Rena and Jacy were found in and around a barn in nearby Tyler County. Heiselbeck immediately became a suspect and eventually confessed to the murders, stating that he killed the victims at around 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 1991. Heiselbetz confessed to putting the two bodies into Rena's car and driving them some miles away to the barn where they were found. He also stated that when he returned from hiding the bodies in the barn, he parked Rena's car back at her house, then went into the Rogers' home and got a package of frozen hamburger meat and canned tomato sauce, which he took home. When asked how he had killed the victims, Heiselbetz answered that he did not know. He said he had blacked out, but he noted that he remembered marks on the victims' necks. Heiselbeck directed officers to a pond, where they recovered Rena's purse. In his confession, Heiselbetz also claimed that the offense was provoked by Rena Rogers, who had accused him of killing her dog. Rogers was less than 5 feet tall, 90 pounds. Heiselbeck was 6'2" and over 250 pounds.