Charles Ray Vines was sentenced in March 2001 to three life sentences for what are considered some of the most disturbing and heinous crimes committed in Sebastian and Crawford counties.
Now, the first season of “Murder By Numbers” on the Investigation Discovery channel has taken a new look at Vines and his crimes.
“It’s a show about multiple murders and how they’re connected,” said Elizabeth Gibson, co-executive producer of “Murder By Numbers.” “It’s not necessarily a serial killer show, but it certainly tries to answer what defines a serial killer.”
Vines was convicted of two capital murder charges, one in Sebastian and one in Crawford County, residential burglary and rape. His victims included Juanita Wofford of Fort Smith and Ruth Henderson of Crawford County, among others.
The father of two sons was “well-liked,” according to witness testimony gathered by Gibson and her team. No one suspected he would be found raping a 16-year-old girl, whose stepfather came home and beat Vines until police arrived.
“It was an investigation that had a lot of mystery,” said Gibson. “When we were researching (these crimes), we called police investigators because we knew they would be the best ones to tell the story.”
Gibson and her team were in the area in March to conduct interviews for the show. She said one of the hardest things for them was dealing with a rush of emotions from everyone they interviewed.
“The thing that we look for, above all else, is an emotional connection that you can have with the victims,” said Gibson. “We really like to participate with…
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