Inside The Police Beat Covering One Of The U.S. Worst Serial Killers
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Serial killer Kenneth McDuff fixated on the female reporters who covered his capital murder trial.

After a Texas jury sentenced McDuff to death by lethal injection, he sent off a letter to one of the reporters.

The letter written behind bars sickened reporter Rebecca Rodriguez

She had covered the abduction of Colleen Reed, a petite 29-year old accountant, from an Austin, Texas self-service car wash shortly after Christmas in 1991.

The accountant was one of the dozens of young women who had mysteriously disappeared up and down interstate 35 through the heart of Texas.

McDuff was a sadistic sexual serial killer. His biggest pleasure came from inflicting pain on his victims and controlling their moment of death. 

A grisly confession by McDuff’s accomplice detailed a chamber of horrors in explicit detail of how he tortured his victims. 

Rodriguez had hardly been able to process this horrible story when McDuff’s mother called her. 

Addy McDuff claimed her son was innocent and pleaded with Rodriguez to tell his story.

But Addy was known as a manipulative crass creature who was the stereotypical mother of a serial killer.

The residents of Rosebud, a small town in Central Texas, knew Addy as the “pistol-packing mama”. 

Her son had ridden roughshod over its residents for years.

When a school bus driver scolded Kenneth for bullying fellow students, Addy threatened him with her pistol.

In this episode how McDuff’s case has haunted both reporters and law officers for thirty years.

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