The name is derived from the street where they were last seen. The case eventually went cold. Thirty years later, in November , while in police custody on an unrelated charge and after a hour interrogation, Philander Hampton confessed that he and his cousin, local contractor Lee Anthony Evans, had lured the teenagers to his former Newark residence Camden Street with the promise of employment. Angry at the boys for stealing marijuana from his home, Evans had Hampton hold two of them at gunpoint while he rounded up the other three. The boys were led to a third-floor bedroom closet at gunpoint and locked in. Evans then set the house on fire with five gallons of gasoline, and all five boys perished.
Five teen boys from Newark NJ () - Suspects under arrest
Newark, New Jersey CNN -- If he hadn't been an obedient son, and if his father hadn't been looking out for him, police say, another teen probably would have disappeared with his friends in Newark the night of August 20, Roderick Royster had joined other teenagers in the back of a pickup truck that evening, but when his father told him to get out, he did. It's a mystery that has persisted for 32 years. But this week, police and prosecutors announced the arrests of Lee Anthony Evans, 56, and his cousin, Philander Hampton, 53, who have been charged with five counts of murder, as well as arson. Both have pleaded not guilty.
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