Murphy, Jack Roland

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Murphy, Jack Roland Gender: M
born on 26 May 1937 at 01:50 (= 01:50 AM )
Place Los Angeles CA, USA, 34n03, 118w14
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 04°43' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 16°35 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 04°20'


American homicide and colorful thief known as "Murph the Surf." A TV movie of his life was shown in January 1978.

Murph's record began in January 1964 when he was apprehended after pistol whipping and stealing jewelry from actress Eva Gabor in Florida; he was not convicted. On 10/29/1964 he performed the exceptional feat of stealing the well-guarded Star of India gem from the New York museum. He was picked up two days later. On 12/08/1967, near Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the bodies of two murdered women were found, both local secretaries. Murph and an accomplice were convicted in 1969 of killing them to keep them from revealing information, the theft of $500,000 in negotiable securities. While armed, Murph robbed a Miami Beach socialite and was convicted of the theft in 1970 and sentenced to prison.

During the mid-'70s, while in Starke, a Florida prison, Murph became a "saved Christian." He was noted as having a near-genius IQ. He next was in the news on 1/03/1983 when a local newspaper account reported that he had taken up fine art; painting. On 12/30/1984 he was moved to a half-way house and work program in Orlando, FL. Paroled from two life sentences, he began work in Orlando as a lay minister and counselor on 11/10/1986.

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  • Work : Gain social status January 1978 (TV film made of his life)
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  • Crime : Assault/ Battery Perpetration 29 October 1964 (Assaulted and stole from Eva Gabor)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 8 December 1967 at 12:00 noon in Fort Lauderdale, FL (Killed two women)
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  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 1969 (Imprisoned for murder)
  • Financial Crime Perpetration 1970 (Robbery and imprisoned)
  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 30 December 1984 (Moved to half-way house)
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  • Work : New Career 10 November 1986 (Started as minister and counselor)
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Source Notes

Church of Light files, given by Tillie Sheppard in an article in Esquire Magazine 9/1965.


  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Assault/ Battery (Assaulted woman during robbery)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Thief/ Financial crime (Robbery)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide many at once (Killed two women, imprisoned)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Minister and counselor after prison)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Conversion/ Born again (During prison)