We’re told that if we work hard and play by the rules in life, we will be rewarded. Most of the time, it works out that way. Barring any boneheaded decisions or unforeseen catastrophes, your life will gradually get better if you “stick to the script.”
What they don’t tell you is sometimes, the bad decisions of others will bleed over into your life, causing all sorts of problems. No one would learn this lesson more directly than one 16-year-old girl from Texas…
Nick fancied himself as a businessman. The 18-year-old from Arlington, Texas saw people around him making good money simply by following one of the basic principles of economics: supply and demand. It seemed simple enough so, at a very young age, he got involved in the line of business that looked best to him.
Keep It In The Family
Enlisting the help of his half-brother Stanfield Vitalis, Rene began to buy and sell drugs. For a while, they had relative success. They managed to avoid any significant run-ins with law enforcement and had no trouble finding customers. Things were going well…
Then one day, Rene and Vitalis had a cocky idea. They had arranged to sell $5,000 worth of marijuana to a man named Orlando Hall from El Dorado, Arkansas. That kind of payday was nothing to scoff at but they came up with an idea that they thought would be even more profitable.
Rene and Vitalis thought they could have their cake and eat it too. Instead of delivering the drugs to Hall, they could make a lot more money if they stiffed him, pocketing his money and keeping the drugs to sell to someone else. After they got Hall’s money, they never contacted him again…
When Hall realized he’d been duped, he was livid. These young punks had stolen his $5,000 and assumed there would be no repercussions, perhaps because of the distance between them or perhaps because they thought Hall was some kind of pushover. He had to make sure that they paid and paid dearly.
Hall gathered 5 of his boys and they took the road trip from Arkansas to Arlington, with bad intentions on their minds. The men knew where Rene and Vitalis lived and they were going to lay in wait for them, ambush them, and get back what money they could, take what drugs they had, and make them pay in other ways as well…
Out at the Festival
But shortly after they made the sour deal, Rene and Vitalis went to a Caribbean festival in Houston, Texas. They likely intended to sell a good deal of their product and have a grand old party at the same time. One can imagine the contrast of their moods on their road trip compared to Hall’s.
We Can Wait
No one was home at Rene’s so the gang of 6 men posted up on the spot to wait until Rene, Vitalis or both showed up. After a few hours of waiting someone showed up, but it wasn’t Rene or Vitalis…
The person who unlocked the door and walked into Rene’s house was his sister 16-year-old sister Lisa Rene. She had been staying with her brother rather than her parents because his home was in a better school district. So far, the arrangement had been working well.
After she went inside, Hall and his boys decided that they should break in and snatch her. They first tried to bust in the front door but Lisa had locked it behind her. In a panic, she dialed 911. What the emergency dispatcher heard when she answered the call was horrifying…
The Sound of Terror
After they were unable to break down the front door, one of Hall’s men smashed in the patio glass door with a baseball bat. The dispatcher heard Lisa’s screams mingled with the tinkle of falling glass as the men rushed in, grabbed her, and dragged her out to one of their cars.
In a Hood
Hall and his men put a hood over Lisa’s head and drove off into the night with her. By the time they took the hood off of her head, she was inside a motel room in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. There, through no fault of her own, she would go through a living hell…
2 Days In Hell
For the next 2 days Hall and his men would brutally and repeatedly violate the 16-year-old girl in that Arkansas motel room. Lisa begged and pleaded with them to stop, even offering to pay back the money her brother owed herself. Nothing convinced them.
To the Park
When they had had their fill, they decided that they needed to “get rid of her.” Hall and one other man left to find the nearby Byrd Lake Park. They were unable to locate it and returned to the motel. The next day they all went looking for the park together, taking Lisa with them…
4 Feet Down
When they found it, they went to a remote section of the park. Once they were certain they were alone, they hit Lisa over the head with a shovel, knocking her on the ground. There she lay motionless as they dug a 4-foot-deep grave for her.
Once complete, they stripped Lisa naked, buried her, and left. When her body was later found, she had soil in her lungs. That meant that she was still alive when she was buried and possibly woke up at some point before she suffocated to death…
Your Sister’s In Trouble
Because she’d been on the phone with a police dispatcher when she was originally abducted, Police were already on the hunt for Lisa and her captors. When police contacted Rene and Vitalis, they initially refused to help them, fearing that doing so would implicate them in their drug dealing.
Eventually, they did provide the FBI with a clue as to what had happened to Lisa and they were quickly able to identify Hall and his accomplices. Once they were apprehended, 3 of them quickly agreed to turn on the others in order to receive more lenient sentences…
Put to Death
With the testimony of the 3 men who agreed to testify, the FBI were able to quickly locate Lisa’s body. All 6 men were convicted of kidnapping, rape, and murder. Hall and one other man were sentenced to death while the others got varying lengths of time in prison.
You would think after his sister had been killed, Nick Rene would have learned his lesson that the drug business isn’t worth the risk. But 18 years after her 1994 death, Rene was arrested as the ringleader of a marijuana smuggling ring. He was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for shipping hundreds of pounds of marijuana to the US Virgin Islands.