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Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs Takes True Crime Fans Into A Journey Into Darkness With Confidential Case Files

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March 10, 2021 69 min
As we work on future episodes about notorious prison breaks in Texas and violent crazy cults, I want to share an episode originally produced for our sister podcast Justice Facts. My cohost is Bill Johnston who is featured in Season 1 of my True Crime Reporter™ podcast called Free to Kill.  Johnston then a federal prosecutor launched the manhunt for serial killer Kenneth McDuff. If you have not listened to the 17-episode series, ...
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As we work on future episodes about notorious prison breaks in Texas and violent crazy cults, I want to share an episode from our sister podcast Justice Facts. My cohost is Bill Johnston who is featured in Season 1 of my True Crime Reporter™ podcast called Free to Kill.  Johnston then a federal prosecutor launched the manhunt for serial killer Kenneth McDuff. A television show based on the podcast is currently in development. I...
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As we work on future episodes about notorious prison breaks in Texas and violent crazy cults, I want to share an episode from our sister podcast Justice Facts. My cohost is Bill Johnston who was featured in Season 1 of my True Crime Reporter™ podcast called Free to Kill.  Johnston then a federal prosecutor launched the manhunt for serial killer Kenneth McDuff. A television show based on the podcast is currently in development.  If ...
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Kenneth Allen McDuff ranks among the most heartless and sadistic serial killers in American history. But what is it that creates the McDuff’s and Ted Bundy’s of this world? I received an invaluable understanding from two former FBI profilers who were among the original founders of the Behavioral Science Unit based at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  I met profilers John Douglas and Roy Hazelwood after they had retired fro...
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You are about to hear how the murder of Colleen Reed on December 29th of 1991 by serial killer Kenneth McDuff impacted the life of her then ten-year-old niece. Ms. Reed was abducted from an Austin car wash shortly after Christmas by McDuff and his accomplice Alva Hank Worley. You can hear Worley's confession about the grizzly details of the young accountant's brutal murder in episode 6. At the time of this recording in D...
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The scandalous release of serial killer Kenneth McDuff and corruption inside the parole system triggered the passage of numerous legislative reforms dubbed “The McDuff Law.” But mysteries remain. How many violent inmates bought their way out of prison and were free to kill again? How many women did McDuff abduct and murder? McDuff always liked to have an accomplice to witness his evil acts. Did other accomplices get away with...
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Investigative reporter Robert Riggs traces serial killer Kenneth McDuff’s footsteps from Texas’ Death Row to its Death Chamber at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas.  The day before McDuff's execution the prison system gave Riggs and his camera crew access to the Texas death chamber. Riggs fills in precise details about how the lethal injection was administered down to McDuff’s last words.  It's a step-by-step account ...
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Serial killer Kenneth McDuff held back on revealing where he buried Colleen Reed's body. McDuff and his accomplice Hank Worley abducted Ms. Reed from an Austin car wash in 1991. Seven years have passed and the clock is ticking down toward McDuff's execution for her murder and that of Melissa Northrup. Prison investigator John Moriarty, federal prosecutor Bill Johnston, and U.S. Marshal Mike McNamara have spent hours on T...
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Serial Killer Kenneth McDuff matter of factly described the last moments of this victim's lives as "using them up" to his accomplices in murder. Afterward, he would dispose of the young women's bodies in unmarked burial sites at remote locations. With time ticking down toward his execution, author Gary Lavergne meets with McDuff on Texas Death Row to try to find out where the serial killer buried countless bodies...
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Kenneth McDuff’s first death sentence for the broomstick murders was commuted to life when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972.  Now, McDuff faces two more capital murder charges. Prosecutors want to make sure that McDuff keeps his date with the executioner. After being sentenced to die by lethal injection, McDuff looks Riggs in the eye and smugly says, “I guess I’m going to die. We all have to someti...
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Texas inmates and their families started receiving business cards and letters from the ex parole board chairman with promises of early release for a price. The former parole board chairman who played the key role in setting serial killer Kenneth McDuff free set up business as a parole consultant. He solicited money from inmate's families to get his old cronies on the parole board to release his clients from prison early. I...
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Kenneth McDuff’s confidential prison and parole records contained plenty of warning signs that he was a psychopathic killer that should never be released. Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs obtains McDuff’s records. Riggs exposes the lies the Texas Parole Board Chairman has been telling about his role in freeing McDuff. Along the way, Riggs discovers a secret process that released a hate crime killer in exchange for giving t...
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Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs was investigating how serial killer Kenneth McDuff and dozens of other former death row inmates in Texas got out of prison when Riggs crossed paths with U.S. Marshals. The Marshal's nationwide manhunt captured McDuff working on a garbage truck in Kansas City.  But the question remained.  Who in their right mind on the Texas parole board would let this diabolical killer walk out of prison. M...
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The confession to the abduction and murder of a young accountant in Austin by Kenneth McDuff's accomplice gives U.S. Marshals the evidence they need to launch a nationwide dragnet for the serial killer. After combing every corner of Central Texas for weeks, the Texas posse realizes that McDuff has fled the state. In Kansas City, a garbage truck worker recognizes McDuff's mug shot in a TV crime show featuring the U.S. Mars...
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The U.S. Marshals Service Task Force locates one of McDuff’s prison pals. Every night Deputy Marshals Parnell and Mike McNamara along with U.S. federal prosecutor Bill Johnston roll through the underbelly of Central Texas rousting parolees. Unlike the horse bound Texas's posses of the past, the Marshals drive an SUV bristling with weapons. It's called "Big Foot". They use a technique called "driving-them-up&...
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The case of Kenneth Allen McDuff raises the age-old question about serial killers. Was McDuff the product of nature or nurture? Did genetics create this violent uncaring monster, or did McDuff’s home life rob him of every ounce of compassion? The U.S. Marshal’s posse converges on McDuff’s mother Addie who was known as the “pistol-packing mama". Addie McDuff's pure hate and meanness shocks all of the hard-nosed lawman...
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When Falls County, Texas Sheriff Larry Pamplin heard Kenneth McDuff was out on parole, he prophetically stated, “I don’t know if will be a few days, a few weeks, or a few weeks, but bodies will start turning up.”  Indeed, a string of abductions started happening up and down the Interstate 35 corridor between Dallas and Austin. McDuff started a murderous crime spree that would span two and a half years. The paroled triple kille...
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A pair of Deputy U.S. Marshals and a young, aggressive federal prosecutor suspects that triple killer and former death row inmate Kenneth McDuff is behind the abduction of a convenience store clerk in Waco, Texas.  When no other law enforcement organizations are willing to pursue a hot lead, the trio organizes an old-style Texas posse. The U.S. Marshals Service's top fugitive hunters join the posse. They recruit an Irish ...
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A Texas Sheriff and a U.S. Marshal describe the violent criminal history of Kenneth Allen McDuff -- AKA  "The Broomstick Killer." They and their fathers helped capture McDuff for the abduction and murder of three Fort Worth teenagers in 1966. The brutality and rape of a teenage girl with a jagged broomstick handle were seared into their memories. Twenty-five years later, they discover that McDuff is the modern-day  “Jack...
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A violent crime wave swept across Texas in the late 1980s and early 1990s. You could pick up the newspaper on any day or turn on the television and somewhere, Houston, Dallas, particularly Houston, and the lead story was a stranger on stranger crime, horrific violence. A Houston mother was pulled out of her car by her hair women at a busy intersection by ex-cons looking for a fresh tank of gas.  They executed her and ran over her...
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