Jon Garth Murray

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Jon Garth Murray
Born (1954-11-16)November 16, 1954
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died September 29, 1995(1995-09-29) (aged 40)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Cause of death Murder by David Roland Waters
Known for Son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair
American Atheists
Parent(s) Michael Fiorillo
Madalyn Murray O'Hair (deceased)
Relatives William J. Murray (half-brother)
Robin Murray O'Hair (niece; deceased)

Jon Garth Murray (November 16, 1954 – September 29, 1995) was the second son of controversial activist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the first president and founder of American Atheists, in 1963. He was also the half-brother of the Reverend William "Bill" Murray.

Career and activism[edit]

From 1986 until his death in 1995, Murray held the de jure office of President of American Atheists. It was a title without power however, as his mother retained authoritative control behind-the-scenes.

Personal life and death[edit]

Jon Garth Murray was born in Maryland in 1954, the son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, fathered by her then-boyfriend Michael Fiorillo. It is most likely that he never met his father. He had only one relationship in his life, which was short-lived.

Murray, a tall heavyset man with a speech impairment, was living with his mother Madalyn and niece (and adopted sister) Robin Murray O'Hair in Austin, Texas, when all three of them were abducted at gunpoint, tortured, and murdered in San Antonio by one of their ex-employees, David Roland Waters.[1]


  1. ^ John MacCormack (10 July 2003). "True Confession". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
Preceded by
Madalyn Murray O'Hair
President of American Atheists
(de jure)
Succeeded by
Ellen Johnson