PODCASTS

New KSL ‘Ransom’ podcast follows shocking 1995 murder case of 12-year-old boy

May 15, 2024, 5:49 PM | Updated: May 16, 2024, 4:23 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — An FBI Agent with ties to Utah is still haunted today by a 30-year-old murder, kidnapping and ransom case of a 12-year-old boy.

The shocking case is the story behind a new KSL nine-episode podcast that came out Wednesday called “Ransom – Position of Trust.

It happened September 12, 1995, in the small town of Conroe, Texas, located just 40 miles north of Houston. The story gripped an entire nation as the community, police and volunteers searched for McKay Everett, 12, who suddenly vanished from his home. His father then got a phone call from a woman with a “raspy” voice demanding $500,000.

Days later, McKay was found murdered, and the suspect shocked everyone.

Hilton Crawford was a former policeman and a trusted, beloved, family friend of the Everetts. McKay even called him Uncle Hilty. That’s why when McKay went missing his father called Crawford for help and guidance.

“He calls Hilton thinking; my good friend will know what to do. Well, it looks as though his good friend had our victim in his trunk at the time,” said Donnie Miller, who has ties to Utah and was an FBI agent on the case.

To this day, even after all he’s seen in his nearly 40-year career, this case still haunts him the most.

“Hilton Crawford was a dear friend to this family. He secreted the darkness in his life beneath a very bright, shiny, demi gloss of an exterior,” Miller said to KSL TV. “How could you do that to your best friend.”

Miller said he still has a hard time saying McKay’s name.

“I think I’ll see his face the rest of this life, maybe the next. I still have a really hard time repeating his name,” he said with emotion. “Violence in so many corners, but this one, or two other children [cases], they just slay me every time I think about it.”

It was Miller who got the woman on the phone to confess to making the ransom call. That discovery led to the arrest of Crawford.

“What she told us led us to the search warrant, which led us to the arrest warrant,” he said.

Miller’s son Austin Miller had heard of this case from his dad and thought the story should be told. He started investigating it approximately four and a half years ago and then pitched the story idea to KSL Podcasts.

“The deeper I dove into it the more interesting I found, and I think there are some questions that need to be answered,” he said. “Ransoms are extremely rare, especially by someone who was considered a pillar of the community.”

The podcast is hosted by season TV journalist Art Rascon, the brother of KSL’s Dan Rascon. Art Rascon covered the case when he worked for the Houston ABC TV station.

“It’s a story that captured the attention of the entire nation. All eyes on Conroe, Texas,” Art Rascon said. “No one would ever dream and think of this type of scenario playing out, where the culprit, the perpetrator of this is someone who is known so well and so loved by that family, and by that young boy.”

He said there are still unanswered questions.

“The reason this one is so relevant today is because this mother still does not feel to this day that justice was served,” Art Rascon said. “What you’re getting in this podcast are fascinating interviews, insight that hasn’t been heard before, from the same investigators who investigated this, who uncovered it, who found out who the perpetrator was, who discovered the 12-year-old boy, who figured out how he was trying to escape from the trunk of a vehicle. It’s a terribly tragic story of betrayal and greed and destroyed relationship, but it’s a story that the mother says we need to tell.”

Click here to listen to “Ransom – A Position of Trust.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Podcasts

Montgomery County Sheriff's Department -- Photo of McKay Everett taken by his father Carl the day M...

Ben Kuebrich, KSL Podcasts

‘Ransom: Position of Trust’: The Phone Call

Episode one of the true-crime podcast "Ransom: Position of Trust" explores the day McKay disappeared and the beginnings of the investigation.

11 hours ago

View from outside the Utah State Prison....

Amy Donaldson, KSL Podcasts

‘The Letter Season 2’: Letters lead to meeting killer, life-changing moment

The sister of a murdered man reaches out to the killer. She did it without the knowledge of the rest of her family and it changed the course of all their lives.

1 day ago

Cary Hartmann being escorted by authorities in 1987....

Dave Cawley, KSL Podcasts

Suspect in Utah cold case back in prison on unrelated parole violation

A registered sex offender who spent more than 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting multiple women in Ogden during the 1980s is back in custody, after four years on parole.

6 days ago

Leslie Moore, Jordan Rasmussen’s older sister, remembers her brother at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Par...

Amy Donaldson, KSL Podcasts

‘The Letter Season 2’: A woman was lost in grief, until she wrote her brother’s killer a letter

The family of Jordan Rasmussen prepares to go to battle against the moves of a murderer trying to get out of prison. But no one was prepared for what they heard him say as he pleaded for leniency before the parole board.

8 days ago

Rasmussen family in the 70s. Left to right back row: David, Jordan, and DeAnn Rasmussen, and Dora R...

Amy Donaldson, KSL Podcasts

Life Sentences: The Letter explores grief, trauma and lingering effects

As time passed after the murders detailed in season 2 of “The Letter,” the families of Buddy Booth and Jordan Rasmussen continued to wrangle with their grief and trauma.

15 days ago

A courtroom stretch of Michael Patrick Moore during his 1982 murder trial in Salt Lake City....

Amy Donaldson, KSL Podcasts

‘The Letter Season 2’: The changing colors of the chameleon

"The Letter Season 2: Ripple Effect" podcast explores what happened after two young fathers were murdered outside an iconic Utah restaurant in 1982.

22 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

New KSL ‘Ransom’ podcast follows shocking 1995 murder case of 12-year-old boy