Erin Caffey and Charlie Wilkinson

Erin Caffey and Charlie Wilkinson

There are 52 comments on the Times Online story from Jun 23, 2009, titled Erin Caffey and Charlie Wilkinson. In it, Times Online reports that:

When A teenage girl's parents banned her from seeing her boyfriend, she asked him to kill her entire family Alex Hannaford Three hearses stand outside the funeral home by White Rose Cemetery on the outskirts of the historic town of Wills Point, Texas.

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Good old Emory

Lindale, TX

#1 Jul 30, 2009
They grow murderers in Emory, don't they? Charlie was not part of the "in group" in Emory, you know, the ones that go to church, judge everyone based on their interpretation of scripture, show none of the "love" that they learn about in their cold, hard churches. They left Charlie feeling like he didn't belong in his hometown of Emory, and made to feel "less-than." Emory people are pretty stupid, people. Live elsewhere if you can.
Jan Hansson


#2 Aug 15, 2009
The idea that a church singing home schooled girl, who just entered a public high school should be able to manipulated 3 grown-ups to kill her family sounds wrong.

Either the 3 grown-ups are basically very mentally challenged or she was forced to enter a plea bargain based on the prosecutors manipulation of the 3 others.

We will never learn the truth thanks to a sick justice system.

Celina, TX

#3 Jan 7, 2010
This is to Good old Emory:
There are only 8 people who know what happened that night, 3 were brutely murdered, 4 are locked up and 1 will live with a replay of that night in his head until the day he dies.
No matter what was said or who was munipulated or who wasn't part of the "in group" doesn't make it right for them to do what they did. They are obviously stupid for following through with such an awful "plan" because look where they are now!
3 innocent lives were taken, 2 of whom were 13 and 8, shot and stabbed with a sword, not a knife, a sword!!! A mom who lay sleeping was shot and nearly decapitated for what reason??
I'm from Emory, lived here a long time, and I'm NOT stupid! I know right from wrong and what THEY did was WRONG!!

Celina, TX

#4 Jan 7, 2010
hmmm, i don't live in plano, tx!! not sure why it posted that.
emory roots

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Apr 27, 2010
I was raised in Emory. Everyone ia part of their own "click", just because you may not be part of the one you want doesn't give you the right to be a sick, sadistic murderer!! He is proud of what he did, heard bout the songs he sang in jail detailing what he did!! Charlie does NOT represent emory! If you must blame someone other than him, why didn,t his famil get him help before it was too late?
Jury Seat

Celina, TX

#6 Jul 26, 2010
I suppose we could blame a lot of people for what happened that early March morning, however pointing the blame does not change the fact of what really happened that morning.
I hate to be the one that breaks the bad news, but there are more than 8 individuals that know for certain what happened that night.
Now, with that being said; the fact still remains that what happened was tragic.
It was a terrible crime scene to relive, for those of us involved with the cases.
The mitigating evidence on all individuals involved was collected; yet never revealed due to the fact the cases never went to trial.
There are often multiple reasons for plea agreements and each person involved is taken into account; the victims, the defendants, the families involved, the witnesses, etc.
I have reason to believe that one day soon the entire story will be revealed.
Perhaps when it all comes out, and you can see the entire picture & details of the story; you can then sit back and think what would you have done if you would have been in one of the juriors seats.

United States

#7 Sep 14, 2010
omg so so sad

Loganville, GA

#8 Sep 14, 2010
this guy should have been sentenced the death penalty and as far as erin she was sucked into a horrible thing and god bless her...i just watched this story on tv on a show...very sad story and i dont think she should have been sentenced to prison for being involved with a piece of crap like him...RIP the Caffey family!

Houston, TX

#9 Sep 14, 2010
Just watched this story on TV. From the beginning I knew Erin was a part of the plan. How sick do you have to be to plan the murder of your own family? God bless the father, and I hope he finds the strength in God that he needs. It's sad to know that this is a real story, I have never seen or felt what I did in this certain episode. Very heartbreaking more than all....

United States

#10 Sep 14, 2010
Also just watched this story--My opinion Erin is a sociopath--she is the only one of the 4 who has not confessed--she tried to save her own skin--her poor father can't see this--no one could be involved in any way in the killing of their family and then go have sex with their boyfriend after it was all over as she did and just be a little girl who lost her way. May God have mercy on her soul!!
Marlayna Horn

United States

#11 Sep 17, 2010
Erin was not sucked into anything. I really dont understand why there making her sound like miss goody tooshoes. She's my step cousin so i know the truth. She was good at talking anyone into anything. I will not forgive her. Charlie was wrong for what he did, but i feel sorry for him cause he was the one dragged into it. Charlie WAS a nice respectful guy and i will never forget that. He loved erin that much to do what he did. He wanted to make her happy. He wanted her to love him. Erin is a evil girl and i just dont understand why they would do such a thing. . .this just really upsets me. . .

Sweetwater, TX

#12 Sep 21, 2010
People just think in the moment. Let's see here....want to be with my boyfriend, parents say "no way", should I kill my entire family, just disappear with my boyfriend or what are my other options? Big decision here. A rational person does not think about HOW TO KILL SOMEONE. Therefore, maybe we should start a 'Don't kill Hotline' similar to a 'Suicide Hotline'. People amaze me. They all knew it was wrong from the start. Teach your kids to be smart enough to not get sucked into some stupid, ridiculous, scenario like this. Not one of them said, "Hey guys, this is crazy, I'm out of here!" Did these guys have stable parenting going on?

Lindale, TX

#13 Oct 3, 2010
i was charles waid brother in law and Ive been to prison let me tell u that life in prison is worse than the death penalty

Lindale, TX

#14 Oct 3, 2010
im from grand saline what they was very wrong and im not standing on there side and the caffey girl is the one that should have got the death penalty

United States

#15 Dec 3, 2010
I know a several people in Emory and let's just say they are all messed up..I'm not saying everyone in Emory is cause idk everyone but the podunk town may have some inter breeding going on or something. A lot of people their are very judgemental and defiantly contradict themselves in this way. I knew of Erin and I knew her parents...her parents were not evil people but they weren't all right either. They just wanted what every caring parent wants...Evidentally their concern was right about Charlie or else she wouldn't have been able to talk him into what horrific crime he committed. I'm not taking anyones side...I think they are all nutts....True love isn't obsession and doing for someone something that is so detrimental to everyone involved. Its a sickness not love...She wanted her family dead and found a crazy dumbass to do it for her... Whether u knew them or not, it doesn't take a genius to figure out these stone cold killers were truly messed up in the head...And the worse part of it is the premeditation of this plan and the celebration of sex afterwards! Sick. I do not feel sorry for Erin nor Charlie. They committed the crime and now they gotta do the time. I do regret we don't have stricter punishments for crimes like this in our country.. Think of all the sickness that goes on here that doesn't in others...I will pray for them and hope they come to the Lord.
got out of emory asap

United States

#16 Jul 20, 2011
I knew Charlie and he wasn't a bad person; he just did a bad thing. We all make bad choices in life, he just chose money over other things. He wasn't thinking straight when he made the decision. I had an opportunity to visit with him while he was in the county jail and I am happy to say he gave his life over to Christ, and he has exhibited an eminence remorse for his part in the events. May the Lord with them all.
In Lindale

Carrollton, TX

#17 Oct 15, 2011
Good old Emory wrote:
They grow murderers in Emory, don't they? Charlie was not part of the "in group" in Emory, you know, the ones that go to church, judge everyone based on their interpretation of scripture, show none of the "love" that they learn about in their cold, hard churches. They left Charlie feeling like he didn't belong in his hometown of Emory, and made to feel "less-than." Emory people are pretty stupid, people. Live elsewhere if you can.
Hello, may I ask you if a murder (or any other sin) has ever been committed in Lindale,Tx?

10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.(James 2:10)

You know if we were looking at things through the eye of faith, running a stop sign is just as bad in Gods mind as killing someone , there is no BIG sin or little sin to God (1John 3:4)(Phil. 2:5).

You say - "Charlie was not part of the "in group" in Emory, you know, the ones that go to church,"

Me - Many people have lived a selfish life doing things they wanted instead of living a life for Christ (Acts 23:1). Many of those same people who once lived for Satan repented and began to live a Christian life (Luke 13;3)(Acts 2:36-47)(Acts 9,22,26)(Col. 3:1,2).

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.(1Cor.6:19-21)

*11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.(1Cor.6:19-21)*

Are you so sure no one reached out to Charlie during his life in Emory,Tx.? You are speaking as if you are Charlie and you are NOT.

Are you aware that the Bible speaks of Judging righteous judgment?(John 7:24)(Mt. 7:1-5).

24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.(John 7:24)

You Say - " Emory people are pretty stupid, people"

Me - I am willing to discuss the Bible with you anytime and we will see if the people in Emory are "stupid" as you put it.

I truly look forward to our discussion, but I am pretty sure we will never have that discussion on spiritual matters.

Your suggestion is to live anywhere other than the city of Emory,Tx. You seem to be implying that you can get away from the wrath of satan just by living in another town.

Satan has control of most every town in this world (Eph. 2:2)(John 12:31). One must take a spiritual stand and refuse to live a sinful life wherever they are, regardless of the local (Eph. 6). Then they need to go to other places and teach the truth found in the New Testament (Mt.28:18-20)(Mark 16:15,16)(2Tim. 2:2)(1Tim. 2:4)(Rom.6:16-18)(James 1:25).

Instead of going forth and teaching truth you have thrown a broad blanket over each and every person in one particular town. Surely there are some good people in Emory,Tx. just as there are good people In Lindale ,Tx.


Jackie J

Tom Bean, TX

#18 Nov 3, 2011
This story makes me sick. It makes me shake a tear up every time I hear about it, read about it, or think about, but I CANNOT get it out of my mind. Its a shame to see and hear Erin and Charlie's life go down like this.. It truly is. I do not feel sorry for the kids no, because they are all guilty in some shape and form. I do feel that what they have done cannot be fixed. They were kids and had puppy love for each other, it is just a shame it boiled down to this. It literally makes me tremble every time I think about Charlie. Erin. And what they did. They too are humans, all humans make mistakes, it just so happens this was a very big mistake they will have to live with for the rest of their lives. If they truly loved each other they should have waited until Erin was 18, then what could have the parents said? Instead, they "solved the problem" by honestly putting themselves in a terrible situation. I will pray for Charlie and Erin everyday. I know they didn't truly want to do this..

Caddo Mills, TX

#19 Nov 8, 2011
I agree angie! Im from Rains County and these are the ONLY kids Ive EVER heard of like this from here.
Just a girl

Frisco, TX

#20 May 22, 2012
I was locked up with Erin for a while...and like girls do, we talked... She's an awesome person and loves the Lord. She sings in the choir at church in there, and has a really good heart. She was always there for me when I needed someone to talk to and used scripture all the time to elaborate on the things she was telling me. She would talk to me about praying and got me to go to church sometimes when I didn't really feel like it. She had a really positive impact on my life, and I have a lot of love for her.
I talked to her about her charge and her family. People are right when they say 'we will never know the truth' but I don't believe that Erin did it. I remember standing on the rec yard under the awning with her one day and asking questions out of sheer curiosity...she was fighting with her emotions, but she said one thing that has stuck with me for close to two years. She said:: "I'm young and it was easier for me to take the time. My daddy would never make it in prison, and I would do anything to keep him out of this place. I mean look at how hard it is for me. I can't imagine him ever being here. Even if I could go back and change me coming here, I wouldn't because God is watching over me, and daddy too, and He knows the truth." then she kind of snapped out of it and looked at me with tears in her eyes, and stared into my eyes for a minute and said 'and now you know.'
We won't ever know the truth, until Erin opens up and tells her story for herself through her own words and voice, and maybe I am wrong, but after spending time around her and hearing the few bits and pieces of her story that I was privileged to hear, I don't believe she did it. There's so much more to the whole scenario than anyone on the outside would ever know...


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