Case 170

The Caffey Family

*** Content Warning: child victims, gun violence ***

On February 29 2008, members of the Caffey Family were sleeping soundly in their Texas home when intruders suddenly stormed in and launched a brutal attack. After setting the house on fire, the intruders fled, unaware that one family member was still alive. Patriarch Terry Caffey emerged from the burning building barely clinging to life, his body riddled with bullet wounds.

In the wake of the attack, it was discovered that Terry’s teenage daughter, Erin Caffey, was missing. A prime suspect soon emerged in Erin’s ex-boyfriend, Charlie Wilkinson. But what could drive the young man to slaughter the family of the woman he loved? The answer is shocking.



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Terror by night – Terry Caffey and James H. Pence



Killer women with Piers Morgan S01 Ep01



Daughter charged in family’s deaths – Longview News Journal (AP)

Two men plead guilty in deaths of East Texas woman, sons – The Marshall News Messenger (AP)

Teenage girl gets 2 life terms in family slayings – The Brownsville Herald (AP)

Authorities offer possible motive – Fort Worth Star-Telegram (AP)

Police: Killings were plotted out – The Odessa American (AP)

Family triple killing bewilders tiny East Texas town – Victoria Advocate (AP)

Flesh and Blood – Texas Monthly

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