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Kristin Chenoweth Seeks To Honor Lives Lost in Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders: ‘This Story, It Needs To Be Told’

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Kristin Chenoweth Seeks To Honor Lives Lost in Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders: ‘This Story, It Needs To Be Told’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Actress Kristin Chenoweth shared a personal and tragic story in the new crime miniseries KEEPER OF THE ASHES: THE OKLAHOMA GIRL SCOUT MURDERS. 

“This is a story I wish I never had to tell,” Chenoweth said “It haunts me every day. But this story, it needs to be told.”

The miniseries tells the story of the 1977 assault and murder of three Oklahoma girls on a camping trip. 

“I remember I should have been on that trip, but I had gotten sick, and Mom said, ‘You can’t go,'” Chenoweth shared. “It stuck with me my whole life. I could have been one of them.”

Lori Lee Farmer, 8, Michele Heather Guse, 9, and Doris Denise Milner, 10, were the victims of the tragic crime. Gene Leroy Hart, an escaped convict from a local jail,  was arrested at the time. He was acquitted in 1979, but recent DNA evidence suggests he was involved. 

The miniseries will take a closer look at the evidence and feature interviews with the victims’ families, the sheriff, and Hart’s lawyers. 

Newly released DNA evidence points to Hart, who died in prison in 1979. 

“Unless something new comes up, something brought to light we are not aware of, I am convinced where I’m sitting of Hart’s guilt and involvement in this case,” Mayes County Sheriff Mike Reed said.

Speaking of her involvement with the project, Chenoweth said, “When I think of those three girls, I wonder what’s the best way to honor them. That’s why I’d come back home, to find answers once and for all.”

KEEPER OF THE ASHES: THE OKLAHOMA GIRL SCOUT MURDERS premieres May 24 on Hulu.