Real Names: William Don Hainline and Dennis Decker
Nicknames: Billy (William)
Location: Hodgen, Oklahoma
Date: June 25, 1984
Details: On June 25, 1984, Billy Don Hainline, twenty-six, and Dennis Decker, twenty-one, were found lying motionless on a stretch of the Kansas City Southern railroad twenty miles south of Poteauin, Oklahoma. The two were run over by the train and killed. Autopsies showed the amount of alcohol in the blood of the victims was near the legal limit for drunkenness. The county coroner ruled the deaths as accidental, believing that the men fell asleep on the tracks. However, others are convinced that they were victims of foul play. In fact, the state medical examiner's officer ruled the manner of death unknown.
When the case was reopened in 1985, investigators focused on the possibility that drugs were involved. Interestingly, one month after the bodies were discovered, a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was discovered one-and-a-half miles north of the tracks.
Suspects: None known; some have speculated that their deaths were related to the deaths of Don Henry and Kevin Ives in Bryant, Arkansas, in 1987. In both cases, the victims were found laying on train tracks in similar positions.
Extra Notes: This case was briefly mentioned on the October 12, 1988 episode, which focused on the deaths of Don Henry and Kevin Ives.
- Officials to Reopen Investigation In Deaths of 2 Men Run Over by Train - July 20, 1985
- Death Probe Resurrects 1984 Case - May 25, 1988
- SitcomsOnline Discussion of Hainline and Decker
- Billy Don Hainline on Find a Grave