Austin: Celeste Beard, Charles Whitman, Madalyn M

In Austin, Marcus visits a convicted killer to hear her side of a truly twisted and bizarre Texas murder, delves into the life and gruesome death of the most hated woman in America, and ponders fate as he explores the troubled mind of the 1966 UT Tower sniper.

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Marcus Sakey walking in front of the Texas Capitol building
Marcus Sakey walking in front of the Texas Capitol building

Marcus Sakey walking in front of the Texas Capitol building

Marcus heads to liberal Austin where music is the lifeblood of the city. Like the rest of Texas, things are bigger in Austin and that includes its crimes. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey and author Kathryn Casey

Marcus Sakey and author Kathryn Casey

Marcus meets with author Kathryn Casey to discuss her book. She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire, about convicted murderer Celeste Beard. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey interviews Celeste Beard

Marcus Sakey interviews Celeste Beard

After investigating the story behind the murder of millionaire Steven Beard, Marcus decides to pay Celeste Beard a visit in prison to get her side of the story. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and members of the Atheist Experience Group

Marcus Sakey and members of the Atheist Experience Group

Marcus meets with members of the Atheist Experience, a weekly cable access TV show in Austin, TX, to discuss their thoughts on Madalyn Murray O’Hair, founder of the American Atheists organization. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey

Marcus tries to get the whole story behind the horrible death of the self-appointed "most hated woman in America" -- Madalyn Murray O’Hair. Her crusade against faith earned her many enemies. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Ed Martin

Marcus Sakey and Ed Martin

Former IRS investigator Ed Martin explains how Madalyn Murray O’Hair's death was due to greed rather than her atheist beliefs. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey writing at a bar in Austin

Marcus Sakey writing at a bar in Austin

Marcus has definitely discovered some strange stories in Texas -- and the last one is just as weird. 960 1280

  

Cheryl Botts at Dirty Martins with Marcus Sakey

Cheryl Botts at Dirty Martins with Marcus Sakey

Marcus meets with Texas resident Cheryl Botts at a local hangout, Dirty Martins. In 1966, Cheryl came face-to-face with former Marine Charles Whitman in the University of Texas tower minutes before he started killing people sniper-style. 960 1280

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Marcus at the Lone Star Gun Range

Marcus at the Lone Star Gun Range

To get a feel for the weapons that Charles Whitman used, Marcus heads to the Lone Star Gun Range. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey shooting a rifle

Marcus Sakey shooting a rifle

Marcus tests his sharp-shooting skills and discovers that it takes amazing skill to kill people the way Whitman did. 960 1280

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