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Ep 96: The Disappearance of the Murray-O'Hair Family, Part I

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All Crime No Cattle

History, True Crime

4.82.6K Ratings

🗓️ 15 July 2022

⏱️ 82 minutes

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From the 1960s and into the 1990s, Madalyn Murray O’Hair was the voice and face of atheism in the United States. Madalyn’s closest partners in her business dealings, legal battles, and life were her youngest son Jon Garth Murray and her granddaughter Robin Murray. When the three went missing in September of 1995 under suspicious circumstances, local law enforcement, family, even friends were slow to respond. This is part one of a two-part story describing what happened when “the most hated woman in America” and her family disappeared.


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Well, hello everybody.


Welcome back to another episode of All Crime No Cattle.


It's been a while and there's several reasons for that.


For one, let's address where we are right now.


We're in the closet of our new home that we are renting and things have been pretty


crazy for a while.


So we had a big move.


We're living in a new place.


I am working at a new job here in Central Texas and I had some really serious medical issues.


But we are back and we are covering an episode that I am very interested to learn more about.


It's a very important episode.


Aaron's been kind of talking about it and teasing the topic for a while and we're ready to


dive into it.


Are you ready, Aaron?


I am ready.


All right.


Yeah, I thought we would come back with a bang with a fascinating story about a polarizing




Madeline Murray O'Hare.


From the 1960s and into the 1990s, Madeline Murray O'Hare was the voice and face of atheism


in the United States.


She was an activist for the separation of church and state and is credited as the first


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