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Posted: 11.2.2022 8:19

Love Gone Wrong? The mystery and manhunt for Texas’ most wanted female fugitive


A husband found brutally murdered on the beach, a hitman behind bars, and a wife accused of masterminding the plan – now on the run. “Love Gone Wrong?” takes you inside the mystery and manhunt for Texas’ most wanted female fugitive.

 

BY: SHELLEY CHILDERS ABC13

SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas (KTRK) — In 2007, George and Lorrain Smith were among the most well-known residents of the small beachside community of Surfside Beach, Texas.

They were famous for their children’s unique names, Stormy Summer, Scarlet Sunset, Saffron Sunshine, and Sequoia Sundance. They were also known for owning Burgersmith’s, a restaurant that George claims got its hamburger recipe from aliens.

But in August of 2007, the couple became part of a gut-wrenching case that has haunted investigators for 15 years.

A husband and father found brutally murdered on the beach, a hitman behind bars, and a wife accused of orchestrating everything – vanished without a trace. In the latest episode of Texas True Crime, ABC13’s Shelley Childers takes you inside the mystery and manhunt for Texas’ most wanted female fugitive.

 

 

DETAILS:

Margaret Lorrain SMITH is charged with hiring a man to kill her husband, George SMITH, on Aug. 6, 2007. An investigation determined SMITH lured him to Surfside Beach, Texas, late at night and left him sitting in the sand as the man she hired beat George to death with a metal object. SMITH and the man she hired were indicted for capital murder in September 2007. While her co-defendant was convicted, SMITH has been on the run since Aug. 11, 2009, when she fled the Brazoria County area while on bond prior to the start of her trial. SMITH was last seen on video at a Walmart in the San Antonio area getting into a maroon four-door sedan, possibly a Lincoln Continental. In addition to the Texas Crime Stoppers reward of up to $7,500, a reward of $5,000 is also being offered through Brazoria County Crime Stoppers for information leading to SMITH’s arrest.