Southern Mysteries Podcast

Episode 99 The Man Who Stole Halloween

October 25, 2021

Nearly fifty years ago the country mourned eight year old Timothy O’Bryan who died in his Texas home after eating poisoned trick or treat candy on Halloween. Timothy’s death changed Halloween celebrations for generations of children 


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Episode Resources

Ronald Clark O'BRYAN, Appellant, v. The STATE of Texas, Appellee. September 26, 1979. 

The ex-wife of Ronald Clark O'Bryan, awaiting his execution. UPI. March 30, 1984

The True Story of the Notorious Trick-or-Treat Murderer. Vice. October 31, 2016.

35 years later, memories of notorious Halloween ‘Candyman’ murder remain vivid. Statesman News Network. October 14, 2016

Looking back at the 'Candy Man' 42 years later. Houston Chronicle. November 1, 2016.

The Candyman: Houston's own real-life Halloween horror story. ABC 13 Eyewitness News. October 13, 2018.

How Trick-or-Treating Became a Halloween Tradition. History. October 3, 2019

Episode Music

Lost Time, Ambient, Ossuary 1 A Beginning, Ossuary 6 Air, B Somber Ballad and Long Note One by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source:

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

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