The short answer is yes and no.
If you’re reading this blog, I’m going to presume you’re familiar with the background of the infamous “Boys in the Tracks” case. If not, you can catch up here on the latest developments.
Former WWE wrestler Billy Jack Haynes certainly knows the case inside and out. In some ways, maybe a little too well. On Friday, he went on the Doc Washburn Show on KARN Newsradio 102.9FM in Little Rock and started naming the names of those he claims were involved in the 1987 deaths of teenagers Don Henry and Kevin Ives. If you search hard enough on the internet, you’ll find the names. I’m not going to post them here because, at this point, they’re allegations without merit.
Here are the holes I see with Haynes’ story:
We’ve never heard his name brought up
For the last three decades, people have tossed around theories and rumors related to the case. Dozens of names have been thrown out there. However, the name Billy Jack Haynes has never been mentioned. This is a guy who competed at Wrestlemania III during one of the heights of popularity for professional wrestling. It’s hard to believe people would keep his involvement quiet.
Additionally, BJH has told some crazy stories about himself and others. He’s done countless interviews where he’s made wild claims (see below). It seems odd he never previously brought up the fact that he worked with this high-profile “criminal politician.”
He seems to remember everyone
I don’t know about you, but I regularly have trouble remembering who was involved in certain events in my life. This is a guy who admittedly participated in numerous drug deals and wrestled all over the country with hundreds of different people. It’s difficult for me to believe that he can clearly remember the names of everyone involved in the happenings that night. On the Doc Washburn Show, he provided some pretty definitive details and laid out person-by-person involvement of what he said happened. If I recall, BJH said he had only met some of the men one or two times previous to this night.
Additionally, BJH was part of a concussion lawsuit against WWE where he admitted to having memory problems.
He says he was wearing a wrestling mask
In the interview with Washburn, Haynes says he was wearing a black wrestling mask by the railroad tracks that night at the request of the “criminal politician.”
So let me get this straight: there’s a jacked up guy in a suit and black wrestling mask at the scene and no one ever brought it up?
Wait, he taped the train?
Also in the interview with Washburn, Haynes made the claim that he taped 8 seconds of footage of the train running over the boys. If this indeed happened, you think he would’ve brought this up earlier in one of two taped confessions (and perhaps he did, but it wasn’t made publicly available).
Nevertheless, this was an information bomb that was seemingly dropped at random. I also found it odd that Haynes referenced his own statement saying “if that was true.”
He has a history of saying crazy things
This might be an understatement. As we noted in the initial story on ArkansasMatters.com, a search of Billy Jack Haynes’ name on YouTube will produce a number of interviews riddled with far-fetched claims. Haynes has said he considered killing WWE promoter Vince McMahon, believed McMahon fathered the child of a now deceased wrestler, and claimed Steve Austin is ultimately responsible for the death of wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. And that’s just the beginning.
He does have something to gain
In the beginning, we heard Haynes and others say he has nothing to gain by this. However, I don’t think that’s the case. Over the last few years, Haynes’ history of wild statements has made him largely irrelevant. This gets his name back in the headlines with a different audience. It might provide him with the opportunity to participate in a book project, national interviews, or return to the pro wrestling autograph circuit. This makes him relevant.
A previously noted, Haynes’ timeline is feasible. Wrestling journalists traced back the WWE schedule and Haynes wasn’t working on those nights. That leaves a door open. However, unless that video he claims to have taken surfaces, I don’t see his allegations be taken seriously.
What do you think? Is there something I might have missed? Share your thoughts in the comments below.