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Live to Tell: Sole Survivor 

A Texas family is gunned down in a deadly home invasion but the shooter unknowingly leaves behind a witness.


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Episode credited cast:
Chad Brooks Chad Brooks ... Himself - Former Hemphill County Deputy Sheriff
Robin Doan Robin Doan ... Herself
Lynn Hancock Lynn Hancock ... Himself - Pastor, Briarwood Church
Gary Henderson Gary Henderson ... Himself - Former Hemphill County Sheriff
Levi King Levi King ... Himself - Convicted Murderer
Denise Mackie Denise Mackie ... Herself - Robin's Friend and Former Coach
Erin Moriarty ... Herself - Correspondant
Lynn Switzer Lynn Switzer ... Herself - Former District Attorney
Joe Marr Wilson Joe Marr Wilson ... Himself - Defense Attorney


A Texas family is gunned down in a deadly home invasion but the shooter unknowingly leaves behind a witness.

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3 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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CBS News Productions See more »
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Live To Tell: Sole Survivor
9 May 2015 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

In September 2005, ten year old Robin Doan was asleep in her bed when an armed intruder entered and murdered her family: her mother (who was pregnant), her brother, and her stepfather. He would have killed her too, but somehow the two bullets he fired at her bed missed her, and she had the incredible presence of mind to play dead for two hours.

Ten years on, this documentary revisits that terrible night speaking to her and others, viewing archive footage, and much more.

Sadly, the massacre of Robin's family was not first blood for this killer; the previous day he had murdered two people in a similar crime in his home state. It didn't take long for the finger of suspicion to be pointed at Levi King for the murder of the elderly Orlie McCool and his daughter-in-law at Pineville, Missouri. He was arrested at El Paso, and confessed freely to that double murder, although he was unable to explain coherently why he had committed it. Later, he confessed to an unsuspecting law officer "You know, there's four more in Texas".

King took a plea in Missouri then pleaded guilty to the home invasion triple murder, but there was no way a DA in Texas would ever waive the death penalty in a murder case of this magnitude, so there had to be a trial. Incredibly, it is the DA who sheds tears in this documentary rather than the young woman who had to confront in a courtroom the man who snuffed out her family. Perhaps unexpectedly, the jury did not sentence King to death; one juror held out, and this was enough for him to be sentenced to life without parole. Likewise Robin Doan is serving a life sentence, but her spirit shines through in this ghastly tale.

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