crimes and consequences

Max Soffar - Taking the Blame for a Serial Killer

Max Soffar PodcastIn 1981 a strange man convinced the young assistant manager at the Fairlanes Windfern Bowling Alley in Houston, Texas, to let him in the building after closing. This man then shot three young employees and a friend execution-style and left them for dead. One survived but had serious brain injuries. Three weeks later, 24-year-old Max Soffar got arrested for stealing a motorcycle. Three days after he was arrested, Max, with the help of detectives, wrote three variations of a confession to the murders. He implicated not only himself but the son of a local sheriff’s deputy. Prosecutors failed to press charges against Max’s alleged accomplice, but Max was tried for and found guilty of the three murders. He was sentenced to death. Through the years people expressed doubt in Max’s guilt, including two federal judges. Federal Judge Harold DeMoss, wrote “I have laid awake nights agonizing over the enigmas, contradictions, and ambiguities” in this case. Judge Cochran of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals wrote, “ although I do not have great confidence in the reliability or accuracy of the written confession, and hence in his culpability for the triple murders, I was not the chosen fact finder. I find this case quite troubling. There is something very wrong about this case.’” Many people believe that Paul Reid, known as “The Fast Food Serial Killer” actually is responsible for the three teens’ death. Paul Reid lived in Houston at the time of the killings and went on to murder seven people during armed robberies of restaurants and stores. Decided for yourself by listening now…

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