September 29 in freethought history…

madalymurrayohairSeptember 29, 1995 – American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair, her younger son Jon Garth Murray, and granddaughter (through her elder son, estranged Baptist minister William J. Murray III) Robin Murray O’Hair are murdered in a San Antonio hotel room by former AA employee David Roland Waters, with help from accomplices Gary Paul Karr and Danny Fry. During a monthlong captivity, Jon Garth (then President of AA) had been forced to drain the organization’s accounts and buy half a million dollars worth of gold coins from a local jeweler. Waters and Karr would later murder Fry as well, fearing he could not stay silent. The O’Hair family’s dismembered bodies, along with Fry’s head and hands, would not be recovered until January 2001, when a convicted Waters would lead authorities to their burial place on a Texas ranch.

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