Ronald Clark O'Bryan
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Ronald Clark O'Bryan (nicknamed The Candyman) (October 19, 1944 – March 31, 1984) was a murderer from Deer Park, Texas convicted of killing his eight-year-old son Timothy on Halloween, 1974 with cyanide-laced candy in order to claim life insurance money. He may have also distributed poisoned candy to other children in an attempt to cover up his crime; but neither his daughter, Elizabeth, nor any other child ate any poisoned candy.
O'Bryan was eight months behind on his car payments and had total debts of almost $100,000. In January 1974 he had taken out $10,000 life insurance policies on both of his children, Timothy and Elizabeth. He later bought additional $20,000 policies on both children, despite the objections of his life insurance agency, bringing the total policy value to $60,000.
O'Bryan was executed on March 31, 1984 by lethal injection, after claiming his innocence. After O'Bryan's crimes became public, Halloween safety programs were implemented in Deer Park, teaching parents methods for evaluating the safety of door-to-door treats by visual inspection.
During the execution, a crowd of college students wearing Halloween masks showed up to cheer.
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