Former classmate remembers suspected campsite killer as violent, verbally abusive

Former classmate remembers suspected campsite killer as violent, verbally abusive
Thomas Kamp and Hannah Johnson (Source: Facebook)
Thomas Kamp and Hannah Johnson (Source: Facebook)
Carl Johnson (Source: Facebook)
Carl Johnson (Source: Facebook)
6-year-old Kade Johnson (Source: Facebook)
6-year-old Kade Johnson (Source: Facebook)
A former classmate of the man accused of killing six people at a campsite in Anderson County reveals new details about the alleged killer. William Mitchell Hudson, 33, is being held on a $2.5 million bond in the Anderson County Jail. He is currently charged with one count of murder.

This is the largest I've seen in Anderson County, Sheriff Greg Taylor said during the press conference, referring to the number of people killed in one incident.

Family members confirm deputies found the bodies of 77-year-old Carl Johnson and his daughter Hannah Johnson inside a travel trailer Sunday morning.


Today (Monday) at approximately 1:15 p.m., we pulled four bodies out of a pond behind Hudson's house, Sheriff Taylor added.

Family members tell us Hannah Johnson
s boyfriend Thomas Kamp, his two oldest sons, and her 6-year-old son, Kade, were the ones found in the pond.

Some people who know Hudson say they noticed violent tendencies in the past.

A woman, who asked for us to keep her identity confidential, tells us she went to school with Hudson, who she knew as Mitch.


I was shocked at first, and then at the same time it didn't surprise me. I've seen violence, anger...lots of anger, verbally abusive. And it wasn't just verbal abuse towards women, it was towards both men and women, the woman said.

She says Hudson became especially violent after his father passed away last December.


He had cancer. I know that that affected him greatly. I know that he started drinking heavily after that, and anger just progressed and got worse, she says.

Sheriff Taylor says that they have been dealing with an assault case that was tied to Hudson for the last few weeks.

This woman also says that Hudson did have a daughter, and his parents had owned the land adjacent to the campsite where Carl and Hannah Johnson were found.


It was 56, 57 acres in which, I mean, we all grew up, tons of us, during school on 4-wheelers and what not on all of that. You know, the pond and everything. Maybe they were trespassing where he did not want them on his father and mother's land, and maybe it just, you know, that was it for him, she says.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office has not yet determined an exact motive.
Sheriff's officials tell us that more charges against William Hudson could be filed in the coming days. 

The Texas Rangers have joined in the investigation.

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