Madalyn Murray O'Hair

American atheist activist

Madalyn Murray O'Hair (April 13, 1919 – September 29, 1995)[1] was an American atheist activist. She was the founder of the American Atheists and its president from 1963 to 1986. She created the first issues of American Atheist Magazine. Many people criticized her and called her "the most hated woman in America".[2]

Madalyn Murray O'Hair
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Madalyn Murray O'Hair, 1983
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(1919-04-13)April 13, 1919
DiedSeptember 29, 1995(1995-09-29) (aged 76)
Cause of deathMurdered by David R. Waters
EducationSouth Texas College of Law
Alma materAshland University
OccupationFounder and president of American Atheists
Known forAbington School District v. Schempp (Supreme Court case)
ChildrenWilliam J. Murray and Jon Garth Murray

In 1995 she was kidnapped, murdered and dismembered along with her son Jon Murray and granddaughter Robin Murray O'Hair, by the former American Atheist office manager David Roland Waters.[3]


  1. "United States Social Security Death Index: Madalyn M Ohair". Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  2. Goeringer, Conrad F. (2006). "About American Atheists". American Atheists. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
  3. Van Biema, David (1997-02-10). "Where's Madalyn?". Time. Retrieved 2007-12-01.

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