Before the term serial killer was ever coined, it is recorded that Earl Carl Harris murdered 5 women. Earl Carl Harris family history is nebulous. One record lists him as the son of Mrs. Irena Harris and no indication of a father's name. Supposedly he was born on February 28, 1902 in Springfield, IL. However a military induction card records his birth year as 1900. We know that he lived in Moberly, Missouri. He fathered three children, Roberta, Earl Carl and Mildred Harris. Some say he murdered their mother, but there are no records to substantiate that belief. We do know that he committed his first murder at the age of twenty-six. May 25, 1928 Mr. Harris received an murder indictment. On 11/9/1928 Mr. Harris was sentenced to a ten year turn for second degree murder. We have searched the records and thus far we do not know the name of the person he murdered first. We do know that he did five years of his ten year sentence and was paroled on December 23, 1933. After his release, on September 26, 1937 Mr. Harris traveled to High Hill, Missouri with his common law wife, Anna Lee Wilson. This is a curious relationship because newspapers also list Anna's mother, Carrin Wilson as Mr. Harris' aunt. There are strong indications of an incestious relationship as it applies to Anna. While visiting in High Hill, Mo, Mr. Harris sent Ms. Wilson's sister, Emma to town for shotgun shells. Little did Emma know that the shot gun shells would be used to murder her, her sister and mother. Mr. Harris gives two accounts of why he malicously murdered these women. He first stated that the women owed him money, however a later account states that he was mad because Anna refused to go squirrel hunting with him. He shot her in the arm first. She then got away by running into the home. Emma, her sister was supposedly doing yard work. Mr. Harris got out of his Studebaker, raised his shotgun and shot her point blank. He then entered the home where he shot Anna again, hitting her this time in the mouth. Carrin was seated when she received a shot gun blast to the chest. Unfortunately Mr. Harris left two witness to his cowardly murder. Two other daughters of Mrs. Carrin Wilson state that Mr. Harris and Anna arrived at the High Hill home the night before the murders. They state that he got mad at Anna because she wouldn't go squirrel hunting with him and there was no mention of money. The children stated that he casually got into his Studeback and drove away. It was later reported in the Moberly Monitor Index that the town was so horrified at the murders, they threatened harm to Mr. Harris if he was found by townspeople first.
The next account of him denotes that he then traveled to Detroit, Michigan. While there he became involved in voodoo. He was sold a $25.00 John the Conqueror Love Charm by an unnamed witchdoctor. He believed that a John the Congueror charm could be used to seduce women into loving him and others into obeying him. While there he met and rented a room in January, 1938 from Christine Eastmond. Ms. Eastmond was a well-know, active social worker in the Highland Park area of Detroit. In October of 1938, Mr. Harris murdered her by hitting her over the head with chair, slitting her throat and as she lay dying brutally stabbing her 37 times. Earl Carl evaded police for sometime believing his voodoo charm was protecting him. He escaped to Chatham, Ontario, Canada. Free from the light of law for the High Hill, Missouri and Highland Park, Michigan murders, he settled into a job working as a garage station attendant. The radio show Gang Busters told his story and asked for the nation's help in finding this mass murderer. The night the program aired an unidentified individual called in to report a possible sighting of Harris. Armed officers took Earl Carl Harris into custody and returned him to Michigan to stand trial for the murder of Ms. Eastmond. In his own words Mr. Harris accounts for the Michigan slaying. The Lima News, December 11, 1938, article headlined
"Voodoo Spell is Blamed for Cult Murder" and sub topic: Missouri Negro admits slaying Detroit while a boarder in Home. The article relates the story: "Couched in the phaseoloty of voodoo cultists, Earl Carl Harris, 36, Moberly, MO Negro today made a weird confesion of the knife slaying of Christine Eastmond, Detroit, Negro social leader, last October 17. He said she worked spells on him all the time he was a boarder at her home. She put the sickness in something to eat and I just got mad and killed her. Harris told police after his arrest at a garage where he was working. Miss Eastmond was stabbed more than 30 times with a knife and beaten with a chair. Police said she was the fifth Negro woman killed by Harris, alias Jack Anderson. Four others they said were killed in Moberly an in Montgomery City, MO. He served eight years in Missouri penitentiary for the Moberly killing. Police said Harris told them. "This Eastmond woman owed me $200 and he was trying to kick me out but I wouldn't stand for that. Then I caught her in the act of putting sickness in something to eat. Always casting spell on him. She was always bugging me with this voodoo. I guess I just god mad. I remember using my pocket knife on her, but I don't remember swinging any chair. They say I brok a chair all to pieces but I can't remember that at all. I was working hard washing cars but this Eastmond woman just wouldn't leave me alone. She was always casting a spell on me. When I was working car washing, I could feel that sickness going thru my brain and I'd just have to go home. She was calling me home". He said, he wasn't a cult member, saying 'I didn't attend no voodoo meeting. They wouldn't let me in. But I did buy some of the magic bottles from the voodoo doctor. They cost 25 bucks a piece. They were supposed to make people do things you wanted them todo and keep trouble away. I guess they just didin't work in my case. If I had known what was in them. I sure would of sold them myself. Twenty-five bucks is a lot of money for a little bottle. But you can't fool around with them voodoo doctors. They're posion. They can kill you just like that. I don't know how they do it, but they do." There were several accounts of Mr. Harris' story of his crimes. The next account of Mr. Harris is on January 5, 1939 was sentenced to life in prison for the first degree murder of Ms. Eastmond. He was released on December 23, 1969 from the Jackson State prison after serving 30 years. It is not known if Mr. Harris was responsible for other unsolved murders in central Missouri as inferred by a law enforcement source before his capture. It is also not known if he ever returned to Missouri or where he went after leaving prison. Did he start using one of the alias noted in his information - Jack Anderson? Did he die in Michigan? Could he have return to voodoo? Did he return to murder at the age of 59? His family is still searching for the rest of the story on Mr. Earl Carl Harris. If there is anyone that can help us search for the truth, facts or other information regarding him please contact us.