poison for profit
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By Mac B. McKinnon
Two elderly, wealthy spinster sisters in Llano, Texas, die within a day of each other, and it is chalked up to an unfortunate coincidence and old age. After all, they were seventy-five and eighty-three years old, respectively. One month later, an elderly man in San Angelo, Texas, 130 miles from Llano passes away, and it is attributed to old age and poor health. But there would prove to be a couple of common denominators, Tim Scoggin and poison.
This case proved to be ground-breaking in legal annals in the use of atomic testing of cremated ashes along with testing of hair for poison, setting a precedent for evidence in court.
Since that time, there have been several cases where this type of evidence has been used. It was featured on Forensic Files on Court TV, with McKinnon being interviewed along with several other individuals involved in the case.
Tim Scoggin remains in Texas prison. Prison officials say it is unlikely that he will ever be released. This is the story of how and why.
About the Author
Mac Bryton McKinnon has worked as a journalist since 1964 at all levels of the profession, working on a large daily paper, a semi-weekly, a weekly and a small daily as well as freelancing for various publications and preparation of several specialty publications.
A native of Dublin, Texas, he was born in Gorman, Texas, September 9, 1943, attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and the University of Texas at Arlington, majoring in history with a minor in government.
He credits the success in his career to the many people he has worked with who have taken the time to share their talents with him. He started in journalism in the United States Air Force while stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, then after completing his four years of service, worked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for five- and one-half years.
Due to the teaching, he received while in those formative years, he has been able to attain the dreams of most journalists including owning his own newspapers - the Colorado City Record, and the Burnet Bulletin and Marble Falls Messenger.
He then went on to be editor and publisher of the daily Pecos Enterprise, supervisor of the Monahans News, then moving to Colorado to be publisher of the daily Fort Morgan Times, supervisor of the Brush News-Tribune then he returned to his hometown of Dublin, Texas, in 2002 to own the Dublin Citizen which he sold in 2015 and retired. He has since filled in as publisher for other newspapers as well as continue to serve in a number of civic duties in his hometown. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize five times.