Mug shot six years after the United States Supreme
Court overturned all death penalties in the case of Furman v
Georgia. Only 11 years later McDuff would be paroled from a
prison where he was once on Death Row. He is believed to be the only
person in American History to have ever had two different death row
The most serious of McDuff's parole violations
took place in his hometown of Rosebud, Texas, where he made "terroristic
threats" to several African-American teenagers. McDuff was sent back
to prison exactly one year after he had been set free, but only for
a few weeks. His parole was reinstated by an administrator of the
Board of Pardons and Paroles.
During a live lineup for a witness to the
abduction of Colleen Reed, McDuff refused to shave and get a haircut
in an obvious attempt to confuse the witness. The witness positively
identified McDuff anyway.
Kenneth McDuff had no allegiance to any group.
This photo was taken by the Waco Police Department when McDuff
offered his services as a snitch. Undoubtedly, he would have then
demanded "protection" money from the drug dealers he promised to
turn in. The Waco Police Department wisely declined his offer.
Security around the federal courthouse during
McDuff's arraignment was as tight as anything ever seen in the
history of Waco. The security, however, was to protect McDuff from
the very large crowds assembled outside of the courthouse and
In March of 1998, Judge George Allen set an
execution date as McDuff sat in silence and while the families of
victims looked on. After one stay, Kenneth McDuff was executed in
Huntsville on November 17, 1998.
Kenneth Allen McDuff is buried in the Captain Joe
Byrd Cemetery, also known as "Peckerwood Hill," in Huntsville,
Texas. Prisoners buried there are those without family choosing to
claim their remains. The 11-17-98 refers to his execution date. The
"X" means he was executed by the State of Texas, and the 999055 was
his death row number.