"A Father's Quest" - Part 3

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Last week we took you back to the1985 trial of alleged serial killer, Royal Russell Long. Long was the last person seen with 13 year old Charlotte Kinsey, who disappeared from the Oklahoma State Fair more than 30 years ago. Tonight Jalah Gray tells us how the search shaped the life of Charlotte's sister and why the former prosecutor in that case believes Charlotte may never be found. Here's Part 3 of "A Father's Quest."

"You'll go to anybody, you'll do anything, I mean when something like this happens, you go to places you never thought you would go, you'll do things you never thought you could do."

Otis Kinsey says over the last 30 years he's gone to great lengths to find his daughter, but the only person who truly knows where she is, would never tell him.
In 1985, after days of taunting the families during trial, saying he was the only one who would ever know the real story, Royal Russell Long was acquitted in the Oklahoma City murder case of 13 year old Charlotte Kinsey and Cinda Pallett.
He was taken back to a Wyoming prison to continue serving a life sentence for kidnapping and raping 2 other girls.
In 1993, Long died of a heart attack on the prison lawn...taking with him the answer to the one question the Kinsey family is still looking for til this day.

"We would have to go to all these cities, and they'll throw you a book of all the remains they found, and say hey you look through it, knock yourself out." said Otis.

"You know I spend a lot of time researching it, because you know the thought of her being somewhere labeled unidentified just seems terrible." said, sister, Christy Lane.

But former prosecutor, Ray Elliott, says he doesn't think the girls' remains will ever be found.
He says what investigators really knew about Royal Russell Long would sicken most people.
Like things he had said to his own daughter, who said he had molested her many times.

"Her father told her one, that no female over the age 13 could satisfy him sexually." said Elliott.

Long's daughter also told investigators how she'd witnessed him try to lure young girls into his truck in several different fairs and carnivals across the country.

"He'd also made the statement to her that he was so good that he could be in a closed room straddling a dead body, with a bullet in the brain of the body, and him holding a gun in his hand that matched the bullet in the persons body and that he would never be convicted." Elliott said.

With all the information given by his daughter, investigators believe Long may have had hundreds of victims over the years.
Elliott says, they located more than half a dozen girls in various states, who said they had been approached by Long.
Add that to the fact that Long was a trained meat cutter and had told a fellow inmate 'if you cut the bodies up small enough and shove them down a rat hole, no one will ever find them', Elliott says they knew they were dealing with a serial killer.

"I truly believe and I think I can show you that the bodies are within 45 miles from where we sit right now, in a rat hole, just like he said, in some field grown over with grass." said Elliott.

Because the girls disappeared during the oil boom in Oklahoma, and they know Long delivered equipment to drilling rigs there, Elliott believes Long never left the state with the girls.
Upon further investigation into oil field ratholes, he learned there could be tens of thousands of them in the area where Long worked.

"And then to further add to that, when a well is completed either by hitting oil or hitting a dry hole, the rat hole is capped off my concrete, and forever forgotten." Elliott said.

But even today, more than 30 years later, Charlotte's family holds on to hope.
Just a few months ago, while researching online, Christy Lane found her sister listed as one of 3 possible matches for remains found in Tennessee.

"It's unreal how many unidentified remains are found in the United States alone, that are never identified." Lane said.

Although Charlotte was eventually ruled out as a match for those remains, Christy says, coming so close has only fueled her efforts.

"I thought even if you had to email every medical examiner that had remains fitting in that age group, from those years, it would be worth it to try and have her identified." said Lane.

"I became very close to the families, and I made them promises that I was unable to fulfill, because I promised them that I would convict Royal Russell Long." said Elliott.

Elliott says this case still haunts him til this day, and he says if he ever wins big in the lottery, he would spend it to help find the girls.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Charlotte Kinsey or Cinda Pallett please call the Oklahoma Police Missing Persons Unit at the 405-297-1129 or Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for cash rewards.


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