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He was involved with a robbery on October 29, 1964, of the Star of India along with several other precious gems, including the Eagle Diamond and the de Long Ruby. This robbery was called the "Jewel Heist of the Century." It targeted the J.P. Morgan jewel collection from the display cases of New York's American Museum of Natural History. It targeted The J.P. Morgan jewel collection from the display cases of New York’s American Museum of Natural History. In 1968 he was convicted of first-degree murder of Terry Rae Frank, 24, a California secretary. He was sentenced to life in prison in Florida. In 1986, Murphy began going back into prisons and jails all over the U.S. as a part of his Prison Ministry. In 1990, he was hired on staff with Bill Glass Champions for Life. Murphy has also been a featured speaker for Kairos, Coalition of Prison Evangelists, International Network of Prison Ministries, Time for Freedom and Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. After visiting over 1,200 prisons, and recognizing the incredible change apparent in this man's life, the FL Parole Board terminated his "lifetime parole" in 2000. In 1997, for his lifetime achievement in the sport, Murf was inducted into the Surfing Legends Hall of Fame. Since August 2011 Murphy is a Vice-President of International Network of Prison Ministries, visiting prisons, jails, and youth detention facilities all over the world. Murphy authored a book of his experience and testimony "Jewels for the Journey". Jack Roland Murphy is now living in Crystal River, Florida, with his wife Kitten and grandchildren.