Nobody exactly knew how fourteen-year-old Mary and sixteen-year-old Elwyn Crocker had died when their bodies were found buried in the backyard of their house.
The police had been tipped that the house needed to be investigated after a relative of the Crockers informed them that the young daughter of the family, Mary, had suspiciously been declared dead by her parents after not being seen for several months by her extended family.
Upon questioning both of the deceased teenager’s parents, a darker story came to light, of details far more twisted than anyone could have imagined.
Hop along as we honor the memory of Mary and Elwyn Crocker by reviewing ten facts about their lives and deaths, not to let what their parents did to them, or at least what we know of it, fade away.
10 An Evil Former Santa And His Wife
Forty-nine-year-old Elwyn Crocker Sr., the father of Mary and Elwyn Jr., had been a Walmart Santa Claus but was unemployed at the time of the crimes.
He was known as a violent alcoholic who, alongside his wife (the children’s step-mother; thirty-three-year-old Candice Crocker), often beat them and was far from any ideal of what a father should be.
They lived in the same house as Candice’s mother, Kim Wright, her boyfriend Roy Anthony Prater, and Kim, Tony Wright. All of them were later charged with some form of child abuse or outright murder.
9 The Three Crocker Children
Alongside this troupe of abusive adults lived the three children of Elwyn Crocker Sr., which he had with an unspecified former partner: Elwyn Jr. Crocker, Mary Crocker, and James Crocker, who had cerebral palsy.
He was the only surviving child of the couple after suffering a significantly lesser degree of abuse than his siblings and is currently under state care.
And although his fate doesn’t seem to be anything but difficult and painful, it reveals how horrible his life was in that house to see that he was the one who got it better in the end, compared with Elwyn Jr and Mary.