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WASHINGTON DC–Feb 27, 1963–Mrs. Madalyn E. Murray, and her sons, William J. Murray III, 16 (center), and Garth Murray, 8, are shown as they left the Supreme Court. The High Court began hearing arguments today on Mrs. Murray’s attempt to get a court order discontinuing the use of the Lord’s Prayer and the reading of the Bible in Baltimore schools. William, who is being raised as an atheist, attends one the of the schools. MANDATORY CREDIT: UPI/CORBIS-BETTMANN

“The Most Hated Woman in America”

Madalyn Murray O?Hair took on the Supreme Court to get prayer out of schools, started a culture war, and was murdered for it

“There is no God. There’s no heaven. There’s no hell. There are no angels. When you die, you go in the ground, the worms eat you.”

— Madalyn Murray O’Hair

When atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, her son, and granddaughter mysteriously disappeared from their Austin, Tex., home the police didn’t lift a finger to find the family that had taken God out of America. Five years went by before a determined reporter would unravel the mystery of her disappearance.?From 1995 to 2003, this incredible tale of kidnapping, extortion, murder, double-crossing and dismemberment played out in Central and South Texas.

In 1995, O’Hair, her son Jon, and her granddaughter Robin disappeared from Austin, Texas; they had been kidnapped, murdered, and mutilated by David Roland Waters, a convicted felon out on parole, fellow career criminal Gary Karr and a third man, Danny Fry. Waters had been an employee of the American Atheists from February 1993 to April 1994, first as a typesetter and later as office manager.

Madalyn Murray O?Hair had not made history in a long time. In fact, the godless radical?who took great, tedious pleasure in calling herself ?the most hated woman in America??had fallen far off the cultural and political radar screen since her cantankerous heyday in the sixties, when she had picked noisy fights with the system: helping to push prayer out of the public schools, trying to get ?In God We Trust? taken off coins, suing the pope. It was a measure of the hollowness of her life that few people noticed when the 76-year-old disappeared in September 1995 along with son Jon, 40, and granddaughter Robin, 30; when the authorities were finally notified, people seemed glad to see her go.

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Red Bluff Police Department Lt. Jerry Brown, at a Red Bluff news conference Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1984, shows a head restraining device found at the home of Cameron Hooker who has been arrested and being held for questioning in connection with the kidnap of a women and bolding her as a sex-slave for seven years. (AP Photo/Walt Zeboski)

Red Bluff Police Department Lt. Jerry Brown, at a Red Bluff news conference Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1984, shows a head restraining device found at the home of Cameron Hooker who has been arrested and being held for questioning in connection with the kidnap of a women and holding her as a sex-slave for seven years. (AP Photo/Walt Zeboski)

The Girl in the Box

Warning: This is a Very Disturbing Story

The case of Colleen Stan is not well-known; possibly because it is so horrific that people just don?t want to know about it.?Colleen Stan was a hitchhiker who was kidnapped, tortured, and forced to live in a box as a sex slave for almost a decade in the 1970s.

Twenty-year-old Colleen Stan is living the life of her dreams: total freedom to go anywhere she wants. Always wanting to explore, she normally arrives at her destinations by hitchhiking. But when she sets out to hitchhike her way to California, she accepts a ride from a friendly-looking family who ends up kidnapping her and sending her down a winding path of darkness, sadistic sex, and despair as she lives her life in a coffin-like box for the next seven years.

Colleen immediately went through incredible suffering in the car when she was placed in a contraption, built by her kidnapper, that enclosed her head in a wooden box. Colleen was taken to her kidnapper?s home and hung naked by her wrists from the basement ceiling. She was blindfolded, and left for days at a time in that position. She was frequently whipped, and Hooker and his wife sometimes had sex in the room at Colleen?s feet.

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Reinier A. Ravesteijn.

Reinier A. Ravesteijn.

Kidnapping Grandma Braun

LITTLE PRAIRIE, Wis,2003, When?Grandma Braun went missing, folks figured she wandered off. Then came the ransom note.?It was cold the night Grandma Braun was taken, that bitter dead-of-winter cold when the countryside is sheathed in ice and the stillness is broken only by great gusts of snow that swirl across the fields and back roads, erasing footprints and car tracks and all traces of life.

Eighty-eight-year-old Hedwig Braun was in bed reading when the lights went out but she didn’t pay much heed. In her tiny farmhouse on Bluff Road, miles from the nearest town, power outages are not uncommon. Pulling on her dressing gown and slippers, she lit a candle and padded into the kitchen. She poured a glass of milk, settled at the table and continued her book about angels.

The clock was stopped at 12:50 a.m.

A sudden blast of wind. A shadowy figure in the doorway.

“Eddie!” she screamed as the intruder lurched toward her, throwing something over her head. “Eddie come quick.”

But her 88-year-old husband, asleep in the other room, didn’t stir.

At 5-foot-2, weighing 80 pounds, Braun is a slip of a woman whose toughness is all inside. She had no strength to fight off her abductor. She didn’t even try. She just prayed as she was flung into the trunk of her 1992 white Cadillac, kept praying as they tore down the country road, screeching to a halt beside a ditch, prayed even harder as she was tossed into the trunk of another car and they sped away again.

In the darkness, wedged against the spare tire, she wondered, “Why me? I’m just a nobody. What does he want with me?”

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Paul Fronczak of Henderson, Nev., looks over documents of his case from his home. (Martin S. Fuentes/For Sun-Times Media)

Photo: ABC News. Paul Fronczak in an ABC interview.

50-Year-Old Mystery

The story of Paul Fronczak involves two mysteries. First, what happened to the real Paul Fronczak, a newborn baby stolen from a hospital in 1964, and second, who is the mystery man in Henderson who, for 50 years, believed that he was Paul Fronczak?

On July 2, 1965, an abandoned male toddler was found in a stroller in front of a store in Newark, New Jersey. Investigators came to believe that the boy was Paul Fronczak, a newborn infant who had been abducted from a Chicago hospital in August 1964.

Paul was reunited with his parents, who raised him as their son. However, as he got older, Paul noticed that he bore no resemblance to the rest of his family, and he began to believe that a case of mistaken identity might have occurred. In 2012, DNA testing confirmed that he had no biological connection with his family and was?not actually Paul Fronczak. Three years later, ?Paul? finally uncovered his true identity, and believe it or not, it only opened the door to another strange mystery.

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Photo: Gabriel Bumbea. The ageing picture is a heartrending trace of Doina Bumbea, a 28-year-old Romanian who was ensnared by North Korea's regime in 1978 and who never saw her family again.

Photo: Gabriel Bumbea.
The ageing picture is a heartrending trace of Doina Bumbea, a 28-year-old Romanian who was ensnared by North Korea’s regime in 1978 and who never saw her family again.

As unlikely as it may seem, there are those who have fled to North Korea, and even more shocking is that some of them were actually?American. Since the Korean War, there have been 6 American soldiers who willingly crossed the DMZ and pledged their allegiance to North Korea. There are even others who chose to remain in North Korea after internments in POW camps. However, one of the most famous of these defectors is James Joseph Dresnok. A private in the Army, Dresnok ran across the minefield between North and South Korea in broad daylight in 1962, where North Korean soldiers quickly grabbed him. He has been a regular in propaganda films, almost always portraying villainous American characters. He still lives there with his third wife and his four children, and claims he doesn?t regret his decision at all. How much of that is true or false is impossible to say.

In 1978, promising young Romanian artist Doina Bumbea agreed to take a job in the Far East. It was the start of a nightmare. On arriving in Asia, Bumbea was kidnapped and smuggled into North Korea. There she was introduced to her real mission: to become the loving wife of American defector James Dresnok, now a PR tool for the regime. Together, they started a Western family in the heart of the most dangerous state on Earth. Her children remain trapped there to this day.

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Photo: CNN

Photo: CNN

The Patty Hearst Kidnapping

?Patricia Hearst arriving for her trial for Bank Robbery.

Around 9 o?clock in the evening on February 4, 1974, there was a knock on the door of apartment #4 at 2603 Benvenue Street in Berkeley, California. In burst a group of men and women with their guns drawn. They grabbed a surprised 19-year-old college student named Patty Hearst, beat up her fianc?, threw her in the trunk of their car and drove off.

Thus began one of the strangest cases in FBI history.

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