One of the North Carolina’s most notorious serial killers was a manager at a local Taco Bell. Henry Louis Wallace’s first victim was Sharon Nance, a prostitute he killed and dumped by the railroad tracks in May 1992. On March 13, 1994, Wallace was arrested and confessed to the murders of 10 women to Detective Garry McFadden, the only African American on the homicide squad at the time, and his team at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department. Investigation Discovery will tell the story in Bad Henry, the story of “Bad” Henry Louis Wallace.
“The complete story of Henry Louis Wallace and the panic he unleashed in the city of Charlotte has never been told on television before,” says Henry Schleiff Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Destination America and American Heroes Channel. “Bad Henry showcases the fearless tenacity of Garry McFadden and his team in their efforts to capture this killer, providing justice, and most importantly, closure to the victims and their families.”
Charlotte in the 1990s was a “a city divided by racial tension, rampant gang violence and a crack epidemic that brought the murder count to new heights,” according to the statement. “But, beneath the surface lurked an even greater threat. A monster by the name of Henry Louis Wallace was stalking his prey and murdering at will: his target – ten young African American women.”
The city was caught in the crack epidemic of the early 90s and widespread violence, drugs and murder reached pandemic levels. In the midst of this Young, African American women were being found raped and strangled to death across the city. The crime scenes were different. The victims had no apparent relation. The deaths were scattered in time and location. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department only had nine homicide detectives on the force. McFadden’s team only had one partial print and a grainy photograph to work with. In spite of “an insurmountable workload and not enough hours in the day to solve these cases” they came across a pattern.
The series shows how the officers were able connect the dots and apprehend Henry Louis Wallace in association with the murders. This series will feature interrogation footage of “this ruthless killer, who calmly recounted the horrific murders of his victims.”
Wallace describes to detectives “in vivid detail the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of his murder spree; claiming he would often visit victims’ families, sometimes at their funerals, to offer condolences and support.”
Featuring “never-before-heard interrogation tapes and tales of devastation from those left behind,” Bad Henry “connects with the family members of the victims who candidly reveal the emotional turmoil they had to endure during Wallace’s two-year reign of terror. The relief they gained when they knew the killer had been captured, and justice served, not only provided closure to those involved, but to a city that has never been the same since.”
Bad Henry will premiere on Investigation Discovery with a two-hour special on Tuesday, July 24 at 9 p.m.