Brooke Phillips was just 22-years-old and pregnant when her body was found inside a home that was burned in Oklahoma City last November. Milagruous Barrera, also 22-years-old and pregnant was also found in the rubble of the burned home. It turned out that both women had been shot before they had been burned in the fire that consumed the house in which their bodies were found. Denny Edward Phillips is a second suspect arrested in the cathouse murder case.
The murder case garnered national attention because Brooke Phillips had starred in an HBO series ‘Cathouse’ that was about the Nevada brothel the Moonlite Bunny Ranch. Phillips was a prostitute that worked in the Nevada brothel.
At news of Brooke Phillips murder, the owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch Dennis Hof was quoted as saying, ‘That’s terrible, terrible, terrible. We’re sad. It’s been the saddest few days of the 54 years at the BunnyRanch.’
Four people were found inside the house in addition to the two fetuses of the two pregnant women. Investigators determined that the fire had been set in an attempt to cover up the murders of the victims. Jose Fernando Fierro survived the fire, but was not considered a suspect in the murders.
The victims of the crime were Phillips, Barrientos, Jennifer Lynn Ermey, 25-years-old of Edmond, Oklahoma, Milagros ‘Millie’ Barrera, 22-years-old of Mustang, Oklahoma and the two unborn babies.
Denny Edward Phillips, 32-years-old, was a ‘person of interest’ in the case. He had been under investigation and sought by police for since the Cathouse murders in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in November 2009. He has been wanted in the burglary of a Tulsa police detective’s home for some time.
On Monday, April 26, 2009, police confronted Denny Edward Phillips at his home. He pointed a gun at officers and was shot three times. He survived the shooting and was hospitalized for his injuries. He was questioned and arrested for the murders of the six people, including the two unborn babies, in the murders that included Brooke Phillips.
Denny Phillips has spent most of his adult life in prison. Most of his life since 1996 has been spent in prison for crimes of assault, burglary, possession of material with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and other crimes. His father, Gene Phillips, says that his son had nothing to do with the murders. However, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said that Phillips ordered the hits.
David Allen Tyner, 28-years-old, had been arrested previously in relation to the murders that are thought to have been drug related hits. Tyner is accused of stabbing, shooting and setting the house fire that killed the four adult and two unborn victims.
Both Tyner and Phillips are Native Americans and their arrests have precipitated unrest in prisons among Native and Hispanic inmates in Oklahoma area prisons.
Hof of Moonlite Bunny Ranch has put up a ‘memorial pole’ in honor of Brooke Phillips. He has said that she was very popular at the Nevada brothel and wanted nothing more than to go home and have her baby and return to the brothel to work. He said she was a skilled pole dancer and earned a ‘ton of money’ as a prostitute.
You can watch the video below of the cat-house murder crime scene.
Brooke Phillips: Denny Edward Phillips Second Suspect Arrested in Cathouse Murder Case – Video