Elmer Wayne Henley. “The Candy Man’s Accomplice”. Background.
“The Candy Man’s Accomplice”
594 years in prison
The theory that most relates to Henley’s deviance is the Differential-Association Theory. His behavior was largely determined by the company he kept: his father, Brooks, and Corll. His father was abusive and an alcoholic, which could have influenced his deviant behavior. His friend, Brooks, mainly influenced Henley to join him and Corll in murder. Henley wanted to feel like he belonged and needed money and something to do with his time. He learned criminal behavior; theft, torture, murder, from Corll.
Both Brooks’ values and Henley’s values were set in money and acceptance. They were so young that they wanted to feel accepted by someone like Corll. The more time Henley spent with Corll, the more deviant his behavior became. I believe that if would have never interacted with Brooks’ or Corll, that he would have not murdered anyone. He might have still participated in deviant behavior, but without the intense influence of Corll or Brooks, I believe that he would have not become that deviant. Henley learned this attitude, behavior, and techniques from Corll. He did not act simply from his own mind.