6 killed in 'largest homicide in Anderson County history'

Carl Johnson (left), Thomas Kamp, Hannah Johnson (center), Hannah's son Kade (right)

ANDERSON COUNTY (KYTX) – One person has been arrested in connection with the death of six people, including one child, in Anderson County.

The bodies of six victims were found on private property located on County Road 2217 in Anderson County, just northwest of Palestine. They were members of two different families visiting from out of the area and staying in a travel trailer belonging to one of the victims. Five victims were male and one was a female. There is one female survivor.

“A lot of them are family, kin to each other in various forms,” Sheriff Greg Taylor said. “They are not from this area.”

Investigators found two of the bodies Sunday morning in the trailer. The remaining four bodies were pulled from a pond behind the suspect’s house Monday afternoon.

Three of the victims have been identified as Carl Johnson, Hannah Johnson and Thomas Kamp. Kamp owned the property where the families were staying. Hannah's 6-year-old son, Kade, was also killed, his body one of those pulled from the pond.

The suspect, identified as 33-year-old William Hudson, owns property next to where the families were camping. Hudson has been charged with one count of murder and is being held on a $2.5 million dollar bond. According to the Anderson Co. Sheriff’s office, additional charges are expected to be filed in this case.

Deputies closed off County Road 2217 during the investigation, forcing neighbors to find another route home. 

"It's just very scary and I'm just in disbelief that this could have happened so close," said Johnna Satterwhite, who lives near the scene. "You just don't ever think someone could do this to anybody else."According to Sheriff Taylor, the crime scene is quite large.

“It spans from the area of the travel trailer to a residence that is west of there, and another residence west of there,” he said. “They are all in line with each other on that road.”

Hudson is not related to the victims, and there is no motive at this time for the murders.

“This is the largest [homicide] I’ve seen in Anderson County,” said Sheriff Taylor.

The Texas Rangers and the Palestine Police Department are assisting the Anderson County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.

Hudson has been previously arrested on an assault charge.

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