16 November 1998 – Kenneth McDuff
Freed from one death sentence, Kenneth McDuff was unleashed, allowing him to go on another brutal killing spree.
McDuff was born in central Texas and began his life showing signs of antisocial behaviour. He was a bully, unless his victims stood up for themselves, in which case he would back off.
He went to work with his father and when he wasn’t doing that he was out boozing, fighting, womanizing. He was also into burglary, and in 1965 he was sent to prison on 14 separate counts of it.
In cold blood
Cruising with 18-year-old named Roy Dale Green on August 6, 1966, they abducted Robert Brand, 17 who was teaching his girlfriend, Edna Louise Sullivan, 16, to drive with his cousin, Marcus Dunnam, 15.
The pair locked them in the boots of the two cars and drove to a secluded area where McDuff shot the boys in the head as they knelt in the boot. They then turned on Sullivan and raped her several times and also with a broken broom handle.
She was then forced to her knees and while Green held her down McDuff gradually strangled Sullivan with the broomstick. The next day, Green confessed, and he and McDuff were arrested. Green received a lesser sentence in exchange for shopping his partner in crime.
McDuff on the other hand was sentenced to die for the murder of Robert Brand. He won parole in 1989 and on release he turned to drugs, crime and prostitutes. He was seen in October 1991 driving through a roadblock in Waco.
Witnesses saw a female passenger trying to kick out the windshield, but the car was never stopped. The victim turned out to be 37-year-old prostitute Brenda Thompson, who was never seen alive again. She was followed closely by another prostitute, 22-year-old Reginia ‘Gina’ Moore who also vanished.
Just two months later, McDuff and an alcoholic mate Alva Hank Worley targeted Colleen Reed, a 28-year-old accountant, washing her car. McDuff abducted her and again witnesses called the police. But it was too late. She was raped by both men. McDuff is said to have hit her so hard that her bones broke. When she was unconscious or dead, McDuff dropped Worley off before ditching Reed’s body.
After that and so far undetected, McDuff had briefly held a job at a supermarket where he took a fancy to the wife of Aaron Northrup, 22-year-old Melissa who promptly disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a gravel pit near where her car had been found. Her hands and feet had been tied and she was probably strangled. She’d been two months pregnant at the time.
The body of another prostitute called Valencia Kay Joshua also turned up and both could be connected to McDuff. So he legged it to Kansas City, Missouri where he became a binman. But by then the Texan police force were on to him and his mugshot appeared on ‘America’s Most Wanted’.
Of course a fellow binman recognised him and shopped him to the police. He was first sentenced to die for Melissa Northrup’s murder, then Colleen Reed’s body-less murder on the basis that they’d found five of her hairs in his car. While in prison he revealed the location of three other murders and the corpses were located. McDuff was pumped full of lethal drugs just after 6pm at the Huntsville prison in 1998.