A serial killer traveled the roads of Texas and claimed to have killed dozens. A Los Angeles film crew amidst a rowdy beer swilling, half-clothed and sunburned East Texas crowd assembled for the annual Texas Redneck Games. A woman ran down a sheriff deputy’s police car after 550 pounds of marijuana was recovered from her vehicle.

Veteran Texas journalist John MacCormack covers everything from serial killers and drunken minimally clad rednecks wreaking havoc on ATVs, to record drug busts. In addition to covering a wide range of investigative stories, MacCormack may be best known for breaking the story about the deaths of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, and her son and granddaughter. The renown Atheist family was kidnapped, robbed, killed and dismembered 120 miles west of San Antonio, in late 1995. Since then, MacCormack has written more than 60 news stories about the O’Hair family case.

MacCormack wrote for publications in Oregon, New York and Florida before moving to Texas where he spent seven years covering South Texas and the Mexican border for the Dallas Times Herald. Since 1992 he has worked for the San Antonio Express-News and also writes for the Texas Observer.

MacCormack will be a speaker at Texas State Mass Communication Week, Thursday, October 23 at 12:30 p.m. in Old Main room 232.

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