In the early morning hours on Saturday, May 11, 2007, a teenage boy made his way through the dark, across back yards in Manheim, PA, located in Lancaster County. He wasn’t on his way home from a party, or sneaking out after curfew. This boy was fleeing from a murder scene, where he’d killed 16 year old Kevin Haines, and Kevin’s parents, Tom and Lisa Haines. Kevin’s older sister Maggie, just home from college for summer break, managed to escape without detection.
For a month Manheim Police and the Pennsylvania State Police worked tirelessly to solve the Haines murder, soliciting assistance from the FBI. Yet their efforts yielded little results. Until a 16 year old boy named Alec Kreider confessed to the murders. Alec told his parents and his therapist he killed Kevin Haines, his best friend for almost a decade, and Kevin’s parents. Alec didn’t give a reason, although he’d struggled with depression and what he called “dark thoughts” for years.
In the Lone Survivor – Part 1 we review the Haines family murders, Alec and Kevin’s friendship, the after math of the murders on the community of Manheim, and Alec’s placement in a behavioral health facility before confessing to murder. Part 2 will explore the events that occurred after Alec’s confession, the impacts on his family and the Haines family, especially the lone survivor of the brutal attack, Maggie Haines.
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