Founder of American Atheists (Madalyn Murray OHair) murderer dies in prison

David Waters, the man who authorities say was the mastermind behind a plot to rob and murder Madalyn Murray O'Hair, her son Jon and granddaughter Robin Murray, died in prison January 27 at the Federal Medical center in Butner, N.C. He reportedly succumbed to lung cancer at age 55.

In January 2001, Waters reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, and led authorities to a remote Texas ranch where the dismembered bodies of the three prominent Atheists were found. He pleaded guilty to extorting nearly $600,000 from the O'Hairs, and avoided prosecution for his role in the grisly murders.

Mrs. O'Hair was best known as a plaintiff in the historic Murray v Curlett (1963) U.S. Supreme Court case which, in a combined decision, struck down the practice of mandatory, unison prayer and Bible verse recitation in the public schools. She was also founder of American Atheists, and for decades after her famous legal victory continued to be active in the fight for civil rights and state-church separation. Her son, Jon Garth Murray and adopted granddaughter, Robin Murray O'Hair, later helped lead American Atheists.

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Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on July 5, 2012 at 9:16am

@james well that's amoré baby!

Comment by James M. Martin on July 4, 2012 at 9:52am

I enjoyed knowing Ms. O'Hair and feel especially honored when I published a story about her traveling debate with a cracker preacher who was screwing his blonde assistant only to have her say: "Jim, you are a sorry motherfucker."  She was salty, that woman.

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on July 3, 2012 at 8:46pm

Well Dan you got a point of contention? there...

Comment by Daniel B on July 3, 2012 at 1:29pm

Unless I'm misreading things, the Wikipedia article on Madalyn Marray O'Hair states he died in 2003.  The day is correct, but it looks like the year is in dispute here.  I wonder if the AA article is old, but has had it's dateline updated to 2012, making it look like it happened this year.

"Waters died of lung cancer at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina on January 27, 2003"



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