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EBA: The Disappearance of Madalyn Murray O'Hair

This month East Bay Atheists features the A&E documentary, The Disappearance of Madalyn Murray O'Hair. Possibly no other 20th century atheist has influenced our movement as much as Madalyn. This video examines how she and her family were kidnapped and eventually murdered by ruthless men pursuing revenge and wealth.

(Please note the temporary location and time change. The downtown library meeting room is not available in May & June. We will return there in July.)

When Madalyn and her family first disappeared, rumors abounded about them running off with American Atheists' money, as they founded and controlled the organization. These ideas even gained credence in the atheist movement, as Madalyn had a way of making not only friends, but enemies. The police did very little to solve the case. Instead the truth was discovered by a private detective, working with a reporter for a local newspaper, along with the efforts of an IRS agent who honestly wanted to discover the truth about the missing funds. The way in which they were able to uncover the crime resembles a complex mystery. Unfortunately it also tells a story of the brutal murders of Madalyn, her son and granddaughter.

Following the documentary we will discuss the crime and the contradictory nature of Madalyn's leadership.

Afterwards we will go to lunch at a nearby affordable Chinese restaurant, Lilly's, 1580 Hopkins St., (between Monterey Ave & California St) in Berkeley. Please join us.

When: Saturday, May 18th, 11:00 AM

Location: North Berkeley Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 1170 The Alameda at Hopkins

BART Access: From the downtown Berkeley BART Station, take AC Transit 25 at Shattuck & Center toward El Cerrito (8 minute ride to Hopkins & The Alameda). Click here to plan your trip.

Parking: Plenty of free parking in the neighborhood. Avoid some streets that may be restricted to two hours.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, June 22nd. Details will follow.

Information: Larry Hicok, Coordinator:[masked]
Ski Grabowski, Treasurer:[masked]

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  • David D.

    I don't know how to respond to the "good to see you" possibilities a lot of the time. I can't identify some people from the pictures and have a helluva time remembering names confidently. Good to see you anyway; my new glasses may help.

    May 19, 2013

  • Jason G.

    Very informative

    May 18, 2013

  • David D.

    Interesting & informative film so far as it went. The disappearance was covered but it would couple well with a bio to illustrate who this person was. (If such a thing exists.) And if there is no such documentary, we should petition AA to find a document maker.

    May 18, 2013

  • David D.

    This space in brand new & nice.

    1 · May 6, 2013

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