Sometime in 1994, I had read a book on the serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. I was shocked at the types of crimes this man committed. So I loaned the book to a friend of mine, Herman Audie Hitchcock Jr., who had graduated from NSU in Tahlequah with a BA in Criminal Justice. I thought that he might want to read about the most notorious serial killer in the world. He was reading the book and about half way through there are some pictures of Lucas. He laid the book on his old wooden kitchen table and stared at me in amazement. I was like what the hell is wrong with you? Its a good book but not that good! He just stared at me as if he had seen a ghost. He began to tell me a story about when he was 21 years old and worked at his fathers Herman Hitchcock Srs DX Gas Station in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. He said that in June of 1977, he was working there when an old green station wagon came in on a flat tire. He said the man driving it was a small framed man with one bad eye, and he just looked evil from the moment he laid eyes on him. He told me that the man driving the car was Henry Lee Lucas. He was sure of it after seeing the photos of him. He said that he disliked the guy from the minute he saw him, It was like he was pure evil when you looked at him Audie said. I asked him about the time line in the book where Lucas would have been in the U.S. at that particular time. He said that at that time in the book, he was taking a trip from Michigan to Texas. We were both amazed that the times matched up so well and at that possibility that he could have been in Eastern Oklahoma then. He fixed the mans flat for him, and Lucas went inside to settle up for it. He spoke for a bit with Herman Sr. and shook his hand and came back outside and got in the car and drove off. Audie went inside to talk about the man with his dad. He told his father that he did not like that guy for some reason, and Herman replied Ah son, he is just a handyman drifter down on his luck, hes all right. Audie was adamant that the man was no good and was pretty mad when he found out Herman had not charged him for the flat repair. Herman told Audie that Lucas had no place to stay and that he had mentioned some old houses that were located behind the DX Station and that he could probably stay there. This made Audie even angrier at Lucas. It came to be that Lucas began staying in one of the old houses behind the DX, with no running water and electricity. He had another man, some children and a woman with him as well, and they needed a place to wash up. Herman told them about a creek that was down by the Girl Scout camp not too far from the station. Lucas took the kids and woman and the other man to the creek to wash up on a regular basis for a few weeks. Audie said it used to piss him off cause Lucas would drive across the air hose and ding the service bell every time he left from behind the DX. Meaning that Audie would go out to service a vehicle and it would be Lucas driving off. I was getting pretty skeptical by this point, but nobody could have made this story up I thought to myself. Audie told me that one morning he and Herman were fixing to open up for the day around 6a.m., when Lucas and the other man came in kind of whispering about through the back entrance. They did not see that Audie was in the mechanics bay stacking grease rags on the shelf. They were sneaking up to the door that leads into the office where Herman was loading the till for the daily business. Audie made some kind of noise that spooked the men and they began to walk more upright and talk louder after they realized that someone else was there other than Herman. Audie said that this event scared him so bad that he went to Western Auto in Tahlequah that same day and bought a new .44 Magnum revolver and placed it between the grease rags on the shelf in the mechanics room. He said he told Herman about what he had witnessed, but Herman thought he was over reacting. Just a few days later the Girl Scouts were murdered. The news was every where in the small town immediately. Audie said that a day or two after the murders, Lucas came in and was talking to him and Herman about the murders. Herman said that whoever had done this was long gone by now. Lucas commented that maybe the killer was still around watching all the drama from the crime unfold. Audie, being a large, very strong young man said that he would like to catch the killer and kill him with his bare hands. Lucas, who was cleaning his fingernails with his pocket knife at the time Audie made the statement, stopped cleaning his nails and looked at Audie with his one good eye and said Well big boy, just keep looking and one of these days you just might find him. That comment from Lucas made the hair on Audies neck stand up. He began to look the little man from head to toe, as if inspecting him for clues or sizing him up. He noticed a brownish looking stain on Lucass work boot, Lucas saw Audie looking at the stain and their eyes met as Lucas held the knife in one hand, closed it and placed it in his pocket. Lucas left the Station and Audie immediately told Herman what he had saw on the boot. Herman told him that Lucas was a handyman and that it was probably paint on the boot. He also told him that Lucas was an ex-con trying to get his life back on track, a fact that Herman had learned when he and Lucas had first met. Hence the free tire repair, as Herman had also done a short stretch in jail as well. Soon after, Lucas was gone from the old house and they never saw him again. I had just heard the wildest story of my life! I was shocked a little I guess because all the facts of his story could be easily coaberated by Herman. We called Herman up on the phone and got him to come to Audies house in Rocky Ford about 5 minutes from Oaks where Herman was living at the time. He arrived shortly and Audie began to quiz Herman about the time period. Before long Herman had coaberated Audies story almost to the tee. I was knocked out by the story! Was there anyway that two people could have fabricated the same story with no contact? I knew we were on to something at this point. Audie contacted the local Sheriff Andy Sellers in Cherokee County and set up an appointment with him to tell the story. I accompanied him to the meeting as a witness to Hermans attesting to Audies story. Andy was amazed at this story as well to the say the least. But he had known Audie all his life and had never known him to lie. He asked the question, Where is this man now, this Lucas? Audie replied that he was incarcerated in Huntsville Correctional Facility in Huntsville, Texas. Andy said, Well lets get him on the phone. And we did. In a few minutes we were talking to one of the most notorious serial killers in the world as he sat on death row in Texas for murder. The conversation was formal at first, exchanging pleasantries and such. Andy told Lucas who he was and that he had someone who wanted to talk to him. He told him Audies name and Lucas replied that he had never met him. Then Audie began to speak with Henry Lee Lucas. He told Lucas that he and his father had owned a DX Station in Locust Grove in 1977 and that Lucas had done some business there. Lucas at first said no I dont recall that, but then, the man who was known for his ability to recall the murders he had committed with startling accuracy said, Wait a minute, I think I rolled in there on a flat tire, I was driving an old green station wagon at that time. I about fell in the floor! Lucas had just proved at least a portion of Audies story! At that point a conspiracy theory on Herman and Audies story flew out the window. There was no way that all three men could have come together and fabricated such a tale. I looked at Andy and he was as white as a sheet! Audie then asked Lucas if he had anything to do with the Girl Scout murders. Lucas, who had been linked to more than 300 murders, and had been convicted for more that 10 murders, and had confessed to over 600 murders and then recanted and said he never killed anybody, said he had nothing to do with the murders. I guess I was expecting a full confession at that point with everything else I had heard thus far! But no dice! It is now August of 2007, Audie is dead, Herman has been gone for 7 years, and Sheriff Andy Sellers has left us too. Audies sister Jewell and I are the only witnesses to the story as it were told that I know of. Perhaps there are more that he told but I would not know who they are. The OSBI came out and took a statement from Audie as well, but seeing as how this case is a sore spot for the OSBI and the fact that some of the Agents who worked the case are still alive, they would never believe that it was not anyone other than Gene Leroy Hart. Anyway there are a few more details to the story but I think you get the picture. In my eyes, if there was a possibility that one of the most notorious serial killers the world has ever known was in Locust Grove, Oklahoma in June of 1977, where the most heinous crime since the Indian Nations had became a state, then he MUST be a suspect. In Audies memory this lead must be checked out. My dear friend deserves that if nothing else.