Article on Samuel Rawls

I am very happy to report that I found this article on the 1988 disappearance of Samuel Ray Rawls from Texas. I had known very little about his disappearance before.

Regarding Sam’s possible use the last name “Hain.” Samhain is known as a witches’ holiday (it coincides with Halloween) and Sam Rawls was said to be involved with a “Satanic cult.” I wonder if that’s why he called himself Sam Hain.

13 thoughts on “Article on Samuel Rawls

  1. Amy White November 11, 2010 / 10:22 pm

    Could be. I was talking about” Samhain” at work last Halloween and an Irish friend said it’s pronounced ” sahw’ en “(probably not the correct phonetic symbols, sorry), not at all what it looks like.

  2. Princess Shantae November 11, 2010 / 10:25 pm

    Samhain is realy supposed to be said like Saween.
    And anyway, the pagans aren’t the same thing as Satanists.

    • Meaghan November 11, 2010 / 10:26 pm

      I know. But to a sixteen-year-old Texas kid messing around with that sort of thing, such nuances may mean nothing to him.

  3. Amy White November 11, 2010 / 10:34 pm

    Is it possible he died with the Branch Davidians (David Koresh)?

    • Jer November 11, 2010 / 10:45 pm

      Um, probably not. The Branch Davidians were not a satanic cult.

      • Amy White November 11, 2010 / 10:55 pm

        I know they weren’t. But I agree with Meghan’s comment above. Also, the parents may have needed a descriptor for what he was involved with, and chose the word “cult ” and then concluded it was “Satanic”. Back then we didn’t have the internet and its wealth of information at all our fingertips.We can read and educate ourselves about cults vs religions, Satanic or otherwise, whereas their resources were alot more limited.

  4. Amy White November 11, 2010 / 11:09 pm

    I thought of them because of his connection to Waco. There was that huge fire at the compound,and I was just wondering if all the bodies had been identified from there. Also, if the kid was messing with truly “satanic” stuff trying to fit in, who’s to say that he didn’t meet up with someone who seemed to offer ( maybe via a different set of beliefs) what he was really seeking ie: belonging, acceptance, the chance to not feel “lost,confused and scared”etc.

  5. Marcos Antonio November 12, 2010 / 1:33 am

    Why does the CNN article about Sam Rawls leave out specific facts about the disappaerence? Why does it say only about him and his friends being interested in Satanism, and not that they could have been in a Satanic Cult? Why is the fact that he uses the last name Hain unmentioned? Why does the article say his bycicle returned home, when many other reports say it was found at his friend’s house? The article mentions that other reports say the bycicle was found at his home. They do not. Is CNN hiding something? Ive analyzed the article many times, and something seems fishy.

    • Meaghan November 12, 2010 / 4:31 pm

      I think you’re reading a little bit too much into this. It’s very common for different media reports to be inconsistent or outright contradict each other.

  6. Princess Shantae November 12, 2010 / 10:20 am

    He was probably like most kids that age that think they’re into this or that weird religion. They don’t know hardly anything about the actual religion, they just want to be into something they know their parents won’t like.
    I don’t think he was involved with the Davidians, b/c if he was into pagan stuff they wouldn’t of have him, and b/c even his parents wouldn’t get the Davidians confused with Satanists.

    • Diane December 22, 2010 / 11:41 pm

      You speak the gospel truth! Thank you.

      I don’t believe Samuel Rawls had anything to do with the Branch Davidians. I don’t believe he would’ve made that kind of change of life without having contacted his mother at least the once, at least via some kind of letter so she can know to be proud of her son. I do believe he ran into some trouble with some of the drug people he had been trying to get away from and that his body is buried somewhere remote.

      There are a ton of places around here (I’m from where Rawls came from) where a body can be buried — lots of rural places that in the mid 1980s were just a couple of hours away by car. (These days you would have to double or even triple that amount of time thanks to developments.) If you drive in a southerly or easterly direction you can hit prime digging area that has likely never been developed, not even these days. What’s interesting is that in this city, the vast majority of the development has occurred in the rockier, hillier northern and western parts of town, where you’re more likely to hit solid masses of rock that prohibits deep digging by an amateur. But move south or east and you’ll find softer or sandier soil that can more easily accomodate a deeper dig by a regular Joe/Jane wielding an off-the-shelf garden shovel.

      By the way, I’m dismayed that our local newspaper(s) appear to have never covered this case. Deeply dismayed. I tried looking in the microfiche records at the downtown central public library and there’s no mention of Rawls anywhere, not with the Express-News nor the now-defunct Light. The first time I actually heard about this case was via the Doe Network and this CNN news report is by far the most I’ve heard about the circumstances surrounding Rawls’s disappearance. That is such a ripoff!

  7. J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. November 12, 2010 / 10:31 am

    I do like the Davidians theory. If one were no longer obsessed with Satan one might wish to purge one’s now-recognized sin by entirely wrapping oneself in in a salvation-based version of the same basic theology.

  8. Amy White November 12, 2010 / 12:48 pm

    Thanks- You said it much better than I did.

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