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Atheist's Son Believes Investigators Have Solved Mystery

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
The born-again son of atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair said he's relieved that federal agents apparently have solved the 5-year-old riddle of his estranged mother's disappearance. "I'm glad to see there is resolution for all concerned - for family and everyone else. It's just time for people to move on," said Bill Murray of Fredericksburg, Virginia, who renounced his mother's anti-religious views two decades ago. Murray told the Houston Chronicle on January 29 that mutilated human remains unearthed over the weekend on a ranch in Real County, Texas, were surely those of his mother, daughter Robin Murray O'Hair, and his brother Jon Garth Murray.

They vanished in September 1995. He said he's convinced his three relatives were kidnapped in Austin and slain in an extortion plot led by state inmate David Roland Waters. Waters, a former O'Hair aide, agreed to lead investigators to the burial site about 100 miles west of San Antonio. The cooperation was part of a plea bargain agreement that was made public on January 29, the day his trial was to begin.

In 1960, when Murray was a student at a public school in Baltimore, his mother filed suit on his behalf, seeking to end prayer and Bible reading in her son's classes. Though the suit failed in state court, O'Hair triumphed in a landmark 1963 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which declared unconstitutional the school's religious activities. Pondering the sadistic killings of his atheist relatives, Murray said he hopes "that in their last few tortured days or hours that they had the opportunity to indeed invite Christ into their lives."

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