45 years ago today - Oct 28, 1974

Missionary companions Gary S. Darley and Mark F. Fischer are murdered in Texas by an LDS convert who had returned to his Pentecostal church. In its most sensational coverage ever, the Church News reports that the "body parts" of the missionaries are discovered on 11/13 and that the murderer is sentenced to death in 1975 for killing the missionaries and "cutting up their bodies with a saw." In 1977, murderer successfully appeals his conviction due to an illegal search, but remains in prison on other charges until his parole in 1988.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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