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Episode 574: The Kidnapping & Murder of Marion Parker (Part 2)

17 June - 1 hour 6 mins explicit
Podcast Series Morbid

A massive interstate search was launched to find Marion’s killer and within a few days, police arrested nineteen-year-old William Edward Hickman, a former co-worker of Perry Parker. During his interrogation, Hickman confessed to kidnapping and murdering Marion, claiming that a god he referred to as “Providence” had instructed him to do it. That confession prompted Hickman’s attorneys to take advantage of the state’s new law accepting a legal defense of not guilty by reason of insanity; however, a jury disagreed, and Hickman was found guilty and executed at San Quentin Prison the following year.

Because of the shocking cruelty and brutality of the murder, the well documented and exciting sea...

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