Case 123

Mark Kilroy

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Case 123

Mark Kilroy

21-year-old University of Texas student Mark Kilroy was excited about Spring Break. 1989 had been a busy year for the pre-med student and he was looking forward to some downtime before taking his upcoming Medical College Admission Test. Mark had made plans with three old high school friends to head to South Padre Island on the southern coastal tip of Texas – a trip he had made for Spring Break twice before. 

Four days into the break on Tuesday March 14, Lieutenant George Gavito was on duty at the Brownsville Sheriff’s Office in southern Texas when three young men arrived wanting to speak to somebody about one of their friends. Bradley Moore, Bill Huddleston, and Brent Martin informed the Lieutenant that Mark Kilroy was missing…

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched by Erin Munro 

Episode written by Elsha McGill and Milly Raso

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

Passport to Murder: Mark Kilroy  

Deadly Cults, season 1, episode 4: Palo Mayombe 

 

BOOKS:

 

ARTICLES:

The Believers: Cult murders in Mexico – Rolling Stone, June 29, 1989

The Work of the Devil – Texas Monthly, June 1989

Spring Breaker vanishes – The Monitor, March 17, 1989

UT student disappears in Mexico – Austin American-Statesman, March 17, 1989

Father joins in search for missing UT student – Austin American-Statesman, March 18, 1989

Reward tripled for student – Austin American-Statesman, March 22, 1989

Re-creation of UT student’s disappearance airs tonight – Austin American-Statesman, March 26, 1989

Show on missing UT student spurs calls – The Monitor, March 27, 1989

Show sparks 1,300 phone calls about Kilroy case – The Galveston Daily News, March 28, 1989

Victim mourned in home town – The Monitor, April 12, 1989

Cult slaying uncovered in Matamoros mass grave – The Marshall News Messenger, April 12, 1989

Friends end weeks of waiting – Austin American-Statesman, April 12, 1989

Family, friends mourn SF man – The Galveston Daily News, April 12, 1989

Family of cult victim praying for suspects – The Victoria Advocate, April 13, 1989

Ringleader sought in satanic killings – Chicago Tribune, April 13, 1989

Five arrested for trying to dupe Kilroys – The Galveston Daily News, April 28, 1989

Kilroy’s mother asks for prayers for murderers – The Galveston Daily News, April 14, 1989

More than 1,000 attend funeral Mass for Kilroy – The Galveston Daily News, April 16, 1989

Cult victim’s funeral held – The Victoria Advocate, April 16 1989

Suspect digs up body of 13th victim – The Galveston Daily News, April 14 1989.

2 bodies unearthed at Mexican Farm – Austin American-Statesman, April 17 1989.

Cult leader ordered his own death – Austin American-Statesman, May 8 1989

Mexico massacre: Potent mix of ritual and charisma – Los Angeles Times, May 16 1989

Satanic cult leader orders follower to kill him – The Kerrville Times, May 8 1989

Cult ‘godmother’ says she was held hostage – The Paris News, May 9 1989

Drug awareness comes out of son’s slaying – El Paso Times, March 8 1990

Spring breakers urged to be careful – The Monitor, March 8 1990

Breakers invade Padre Island – The Monitor, March 7 1990

5 sentenced for ritual slayings – Austin American-Statesman, May 4 1994

Cult members get long prison terms – The Odessa American, May 4 1994

Mexico reduces cultists’ jail time – The Brownsville Herald, March 26 1998

Judge lowers sentences in Kilroy cult murders – The Monitor, March 26 1998

U.S. Attorneys Office abruptly halted prosecutions in 1993 – The Brownsville Herald, March 7 2009

Rumors about cult frighten parents – The Galveston Daily News, April 25 1989

Parents of slain Texan keep up war on drugs – New York Times, July 17 1989

20 years after son’s death, Santa Fe couple runs foundation in his honor – Houston Chronicle, March 24 2009

Kilroy family carries on without Mark – The Brownsville Herald, March 7 2009

Kilroys thank Valley, Matamoros for their help – The Brownsville Herald, March 7 2009

Remembering Mark J. Kilroy – The Brownsville Herald, March 7 2009

Nature reclaiming death ranch a year after bodies found – AP News, April 11 1990

Helen Kilroy obituary – Galveston County The Daily News, January 1 2015

 

WEBSITES:

Crime Library – Adolfo Constanzo

Murder of Mark Kilroy – Wikipedia

Mark Kilroy Foundation 

 

 

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21-year-old University of Texas student Mark Kilroy was excited about Spring Break. 1989 had been a busy year for the pre-med student and he was looking forward to some downtime before taking his upcoming Medical College Admission Test. Mark had made plans with three old high school friends to head to South Padre Island on the southern coastal tip of Texas – a trip he had made for Spring Break twice before. 

Four days into the break on Tuesday March 14, Lieutenant George Gavito was on duty at the Brownsville Sheriff’s Office in southern Texas when three young men arrived wanting to speak to somebody about one of their friends. Bradley Moore, Bill Huddleston, and Brent Martin informed the Lieutenant that Mark Kilroy was missing…

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched by Erin Munro 

Episode written by Elsha McGill and Milly Raso

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

Passport to Murder: Mark Kilroy  

Deadly Cults, season 1, episode 4: Palo Mayombe 

 

BOOKS:

 

ARTICLES:

The Believers: Cult murders in Mexico – Rolling Stone, June 29, 1989

The Work of the Devil – Texas Monthly, June 1989

Spring Breaker vanishes – The Monitor, March 17, 1989

UT student disappears in Mexico – Austin American-Statesman, March 17, 1989

Father joins in search for missing UT student – Austin American-Statesman, March 18, 1989

Reward tripled for student – Austin American-Statesman, March 22, 1989

Re-creation of UT student’s disappearance airs tonight – Austin American-Statesman, March 26, 1989

Show on missing UT student spurs calls – The Monitor, March 27, 1989

Show sparks 1,300 phone calls about Kilroy case – The Galveston Daily News, March 28, 1989

Victim mourned in home town – The Monitor, April 12, 1989

Cult slaying uncovered in Matamoros mass grave – The Marshall News Messenger, April 12, 1989

Friends end weeks of waiting – Austin American-Statesman, April 12, 1989

Family, friends mourn SF man – The Galveston Daily News, April 12, 1989

Family of cult victim praying for suspects – The Victoria Advocate, April 13, 1989

Ringleader sought in satanic killings – Chicago Tribune, April 13, 1989

Five arrested for trying to dupe Kilroys – The Galveston Daily News, April 28, 1989

Kilroy’s mother asks for prayers for murderers – The Galveston Daily News, April 14, 1989

More than 1,000 attend funeral Mass for Kilroy – The Galveston Daily News, April 16, 1989

Cult victim’s funeral held – The Victoria Advocate, April 16 1989

Suspect digs up body of 13th victim – The Galveston Daily News, April 14 1989.

2 bodies unearthed at Mexican Farm – Austin American-Statesman, April 17 1989.

Cult leader ordered his own death – Austin American-Statesman, May 8 1989

Mexico massacre: Potent mix of ritual and charisma – Los Angeles Times, May 16 1989

Satanic cult leader orders follower to kill him – The Kerrville Times, May 8 1989

Cult ‘godmother’ says she was held hostage – The Paris News, May 9 1989

Drug awareness comes out of son’s slaying – El Paso Times, March 8 1990

Spring breakers urged to be careful – The Monitor, March 8 1990

Breakers invade Padre Island – The Monitor, March 7 1990

5 sentenced for ritual slayings – Austin American-Statesman, May 4 1994

Cult members get long prison terms – The Odessa American, May 4 1994

Mexico reduces cultists’ jail time – The Brownsville Herald, March 26 1998

Judge lowers sentences in Kilroy cult murders – The Monitor, March 26 1998

U.S. Attorneys Office abruptly halted prosecutions in 1993 – The Brownsville Herald, March 7 2009

Rumors about cult frighten parents – The Galveston Daily News, April 25 1989

Parents of slain Texan keep up war on drugs – New York Times, July 17 1989

20 years after son’s death, Santa Fe couple runs foundation in his honor – Houston Chronicle, March 24 2009

Kilroy family carries on without Mark – The Brownsville Herald, March 7 2009

Kilroys thank Valley, Matamoros for their help – The Brownsville Herald, March 7 2009

Remembering Mark J. Kilroy – The Brownsville Herald, March 7 2009

Nature reclaiming death ranch a year after bodies found – AP News, April 11 1990

Helen Kilroy obituary – Galveston County The Daily News, January 1 2015

 

WEBSITES:

Crime Library – Adolfo Constanzo

Murder of Mark Kilroy – Wikipedia

Mark Kilroy Foundation 

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Quip – Get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush

Function of Beauty – Get 20% OFF your first order of fully customised shampoo

Calm – Get 25% off Calm Premium subscription

A Life Lived –  From Muhammad Ali to Carrie Fisher, hear how the lives of the biggest stars were truly lived

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