This episode marks a somber milestone. The 25th anniversary of the execution of Kenneth Allen McDuff – a name that chills the soul of the men and women in law enforcement who hunted him down – and the families of his victims.
McDuff, infamously dubbed the ‘Broomstick Killer,’ was a figure of unparalleled brutality. His story isn’t just a tale of sadistic crimes.
It’s a saga that shook the very foundations of the Texas criminal justice system.
He was released on parole in the late 1980s under a cloud of corruption.
McDuff, within a day of his release, unleashed a reign of terror – abducting, raping, and murdering countless women, his actions embodying the darkest impulses of humanity.
My original reporting on this case exposed not just a man’s evil but a system’s failures.
It led to a sweeping overhaul of the parole and prison systems in Texas, revealing a disturbing scheme of parole selling that shook public trust to its core.
As I delve into this grim chapter, I do so with a purpose. We seek to understand, to remember the victims, and to reflect on the lessons learned.
The echoes of McDuff’s crimes still reverberate, reminding us of the vigilance needed to safeguard justice and integrity within our system.
Here’s an episode from my award-winning podcast series that led to us producing a five- part streaming documentary called “Freed To Kill.”
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