CHANCE ENCOUNTER IN DEMING
March 17, 2012
Jim’s long time friend, who chooses to remain anonymous, introduced us to her two best friends, Mary Berg and Pat McKay. Mary is a psychic and does individual readings. Once she was asked to help the local police department on a case of theirs. She is an upbeat, interesting woman to talk too.
Pat McKay, is the former wife of Buck Duane Walker, who murdered Muff and Mack Graham, a couple living on their sailboat on the Island of Palmyra. Palmyra is located off the coast of Hawaii. It was a sensational case when it happened in the 1960′s and the book, The Sea Shall Tell, was written about the event, and the capture and trial of Buck’s girlfriend, Stephanie. Pat was married to Buck for ten years, and knew him for 40 years. He was a mesmerizing, clever, self-educated man and a psychopath. She visited him in prison, got to know his girlfriend, Stephanie after the murders, and even had a strange tie to Muff and Mack Graham, the two murder victims. Pat’s family introduced her aunt to date Mack before he met Muff. The Graham’s lived aboard their boat sailing the world over in much the same way RVers live on wheels, moving from one destination to another.
Pat was grateful it was not she who sailed to Palmyra with Buck Walker. The book was written by Richard Henderson and the attorney, Vincent Bugliosi who defended Stephanie. Pat claims it was really Henderson who wrote the book. It was later made into a movie by the same name. Jim became quite fascinated by this case because he discovered that Buck Walker, while serving life in prison, wrote his version of the events that happened on the Island, under his father’s name, Wesley Walker. Jim found his story interesting, well written and credible.
We enjoyed meeting Pat, and hearing about her interesting life. She has written an as yet unpublished book about her life and how it intersected with the people who met their fate on the Island of Palmyra. She met Jim’s friend while living in Mexico and they both moved to Deming.
It is interesting to meet someone who has a lot of “inside” information about the real life characters of a book you just chanced to read. I can’t wait to read Pat’s book and will let you know on this blog when it is available. Sometimes you meet people who change your life. It was so for Pat McKay.