Anniversary of closing of Chicken Ranch brothel by Action 13's Marvin Zindler

Action 13 investigative reporter Marvin Zindler helped shut down Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange, Texas, in 1973

August 1, 2013 4:15:38 PM PDT
This is a day in history for south Texas and abc13. On August 1, 1973, 40 years ago, an infamous brothel closed its doors and solidified the legendary status of Action 13's late investigative reporter Marvin Zindler.

The Chicken Ranch in La Grange shut its doors shortly after the expose aired. The investigation inspired a Broadway musical, and eventually a feature film starring Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton and Dom DeLuise as our own Marvin Zindler.

Just last year, Edna Milton Chadwell, the brothel's madam, passed away.

History of the Chicken Ranch:

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