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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 The Ripper” of Central Texas.  Two days after the former death row inmate walked out of prison on parole, women’s bodies started showing up. And women started getting snatched in plain sight, never to be seen alive again. Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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 body as they drove away in her car with a full tank of gas. Stories like this would always start and end with  – “The killers were out on parole.”  Little did the public or members of the Texas Legislature know, but the Texas Governor had secretly swung open the doors to relieve prison overcrowding.  Thousands of violent criminals, including former death row inmates, flooded back into Texas communities. In their wake, murder and mayhem spread like a plague across Texas. Among the inmates released was Kenneth Allen McDuff, a sadistic sexual serial killer, known as the “Broom Stick Killer. McDuff had been sentenced to die in Texas’ electric chair for the brutal murder of three teenagers in a farming community outside Fort Worth.  Women's bodies start showing up a few days after McDuff walked out of prison on parole in 1989. This is the story of the dedicated law enforcement officers who worked tirelessly to stop McDuff's killing spree and to bring him to justice. And it is the story of how Peabody Award-Winning Investigative reporter, Robert Riggs, uncovered widespread corruption in the Texas Parole and Prison systems that led to the wholesale release of thousands of violent criminals. Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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 from the bureau.  At that time they were not widely known outside of law enforcement circles. Today the Netflix crime drama, Mindhunter is loosely based on John Douglas’s role in pioneering profiling at the FBI. His fellow profiler Royal Hazelwood became the world’s leading expert on the strangest, most dangerous of all aberrant offenders, the sexual criminal. Hazelwood is now deceased. He coauthored landmark books about the minds of sexual predators with Stephen Michaud. Michaud is a friend and fellow investigative reporter who used to be based here in Dallas. Stephen Michaud is the expert on Ted Bundy.   He tape-recorded 150 hours of audio with the serial killer when Bundy was imprisoned in a Florida State Prison.  In 1983, Michaud and another giant of investigative reporting, Hugh Aynesworth wrote the book, The Only Living Witness; The True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy. In 2019, NetFlix premiered a four-episode docuseries based on Michaud’s tapes titled Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. Michaud and I discuss what goes on inside the minds of serial killers. Please Share This Link With Your Friends To Subscribe. True Crime Reporter™ Podcast Follow us on social media: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn YouTube P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to Justice Facts. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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 December of 2020, Ms. Reed’s niece had spent 29-years suffering from guilt. It is a story that none of us that worked on the case were aware of until now.  Bill Johnston the federal prosecutor who launched the manhunt for McDuff and I talk with Ms. Reed’s niece to give you insight into how the trauma of violent crime affects the victim’s families forever. We also explain why society should lock up violent offenders and throw away the key. Please Share This Link With Your Friends To Subscribe. True Crime Reporter™ Podcast Follow us on social media: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn YouTube P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to Justice Facts. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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 murder? Investigators sit down with investigative reporter Robert Riggs to discuss their theories.
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 that most people have never heard before now. McDuff’s body went unclaimed by family members, and his home community protested any attempt to bury him there. Riggs follows McDuff’s pine box coffin to its burial in an anonymous grave in the prison cemetery.  P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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 Texas death row trying to get McDuff to reveal the location of his victim's bodies. The big break comes when Moriarty hears McDuff complaining about a painful toothache. Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.  
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. His victim's families just want to give their loved one a proper funeral. Click here to Subscribe to your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on social media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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 sometimes. You know.” Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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. In Episode 10 Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs exposed the secret underworld of parole consultants and the release of Kenneth McDuff’s prison pal.  This a 15 part series. If you’ve just joined us, be sure to subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ so you can start with the first episode. Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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 the parole board chairman a new car for himself and his mistress at the parole board. Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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. McDuff's abduction and murder spree started shortly after he returned to Waco, Texas in 1989. Deputy Marshall Parnell McNamara had compared McDuff to "Jack The Ripper". After McNamara locked McDuff in a holding cell, the stern lawman looked Riggs in the eye and told the journalist, "We caught him. Our job is done. Now it's your job to find out how this monster got out of prison." Riggs was already on the trail. Just a few days after McDuff's capture, the daughter of one of McDuff's rape victims from when he was a high school student in his hometown of Rosebud comes forward. The biological daughter that McDuff called "My Little Gangster" tells Riggs that she overheard the serial killer's family discussing a $25,000 bribe to grease his way to freedom. Her allegations take Riggs deep into the corrupt underbelly of Texas parole and prison systems. Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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. Marshals' search. The Marshals capture McDuff, but when they return the serial killer to Waco, Texas an angry mob wants to tear him limb from limb. Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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" to break down one of McDuff's prison pals who is also out on parole. It pays off when the parolee admits that he was McDuff's accomplice in the abduction and murder of Colleen Reed from an Austin carwash. You will hear the masterful confession extracted by Tim Steglich. At that time, he was a criminal investigator for the Bell County Sheriff's Department and a crack interrogator. Steglich extracts a confession that breaks the case wide open. It is a blood-chilling "Journey Into Darkness." Warning: You may have to sleep with the lights on after listening to this episode. Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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 hunting for McDuff. One thing becomes clear to them. Addie McDuff enabled a violent sadistic psychopath.  Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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 killer and an accomplice circled an Austin car wash stalking a victim. In the words of McDuff, "they were on the hunt for a woman to use up." It was just a few days after Christmas in 1991.  They spotted Colleen Reed, a petite Austin accountant,  washing her new sports car.  Neighbors hear her shrill scream. In a split second, Colleen disappeared, never to be seen alive again. Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news. Reporter™.
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 cop from New York City who works undercover in the Texas prison system. You can follow their trail as they track McDuff through a filthy underworld of ex-cons with a vengeance Click here to Subscribe to True Crime Reporter™ on your favorite podcast channel. Please follow us on Social Media and Share with friends: Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs created an original true crime genre podcast based on three decades of real-life stories ripped from his reporter’s notebooks. The True Crime Reporter™  podcast tells the backstory of criminal cases using interviews with the law enforcement law officers that played key roles in the investigation. In every episode, Riggs pulls out his reporter’s notebooks. His law enforcement sources open up their case files. And they take listeners on a journey into darkness. Riggs set out to create serialized immersive content that is character-driven. He brings the true crime audience into the story with characters that they care about so much that they want to binge-listen. His stories strive to create a connection between true crime fans. The next phase of the production is to roll out a True Crime Reporter® Fandom where the community contributes to solving cold cases and organizes digital neighborhood watches. True Crime Reporter™ features stories that are compelling to provide a new source of scripts for Hollywood screenwriters. During his journalism career, Riggs never settled for standing outside the yellow crime scene tape. He went inside by knocking on doors, digging through records, and cultivating sources to get to the bottom of the story. He is a recipient of television’s prestigious Peabody Award for investigative reporting and three coveted Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Awards for Investigative Reporting. The American Bar Association honored Riggs with its Silver Gavel Award for his investigation of corruption in Texas’ parole and prison systems.  The Dallas Crime Commission in conjunction with the FBI awarded Riggs its first-ever “Excellence In Reporting Award” for his investigation of teenage heroin deaths in Plano, Texas and a landmark series on identity theft. Riggs was appointed Chief Investigator for the Joint Committee on Defense Production by the late Congressman Wright Patman during the Watergate scandal.  Patman as Chairman of the House Banking Committee launched the first Watergate investigation. Riggs held a Top Secret Security clearance from the Department of Defense. True crime stories reach into our consciousness and make us want to know how and why it happens. The 5,300-year-old frozen skeleton named the Ice Man found in a European glacier was murdered by an arrowhead.  It seems plausible not only that murder has ancient roots in human history but also that fascination with murder does as well. The public appetite for true crime dates back to the British daily newspaper, The Daily Courant, a single-sheet news flyer that debuted in 1702. It spawned the lurid “True Detective’ magazines. The Victorian Age spun out the “penny dreadfuls”. Now the True Crime Reporter podcast takes listeners on a journey into darkness featuring interviews with prosecutors, investigators, victims, and ex-cons directly involved in the case. P.S. If you like this podcast, we invite you to listen to our Justice Facts Podcast -- True Crime Is Stranger Than Fiction. Click here to subscribe to your favorite podcast app. Bill Johnston, the federal prosecutor featured in "Free To Kill" and Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs, the host of True Crime Reporter™ talk about criminal cases from their careers and dissect cases making news.
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Created by
Robert Riggs
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Apr 8th, 2020
Latest Episode
Jan 4th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
18
Avg. Episode Length
24 minutes
Explicit
Yes
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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