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2007 Stories by Jesse Hyde

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  • Dallas Boxer is Chasing the Gold Ring

    published December 27, 2007

    A week before Christmas, and Luis Yanez is hardly in the mood for peace on earth. If anything, his resolution for 2008 is to wreak some... More >>

  • Plano Cops Make Bitter Divorce Even Worse

    published December 13, 2007

    On an October night a little more than a year ago, 38-year-old piano player Tray Boswell got off work at an Addison bar around 11 p.m. and... More >>

  • For Love, Aryan Brotherhood Killer Confesses

    published November 29, 2007

    They had shot out his tires, and for miles he had driven his truck on its rims. Now stalled on Interstate 45, just outside of Dallas, with... More >>

  • Crocodile Nowitzki

    published November 22, 2007

    Dirk Nowitzki was lost. And he was starting to stink. He had come this far, deep into the Australian Outback, and now that it was dark,... More >>

  • Family Shattered After Oscar Sanchez's Murder

    published October 4, 2007

    Laura Sanchez glances at the gold watch on her wrist. She looks up and smiles stiffly. She only has an hour, she says, fidgeting with the pearl... More >>

  • Big Build-Up

    published September 20, 2007

    Not long ago, Sequina Moore hated showing apartments at the Pleasant Village apartment complex. The place was in bad shape. Drugs were... More >>

  • Rolling Canvas

    published September 20, 2007

    Michelle Winder, a railroad switch operator, has taken hundreds of photographs over the years of graffiti-covered boxcars that have passed through... More >>

  • Off the Short Bus

    published September 13, 2007

    On this much, everyone agrees: Steve Fleming was unlike anything the Special Olympics had ever seen. At 6 foot 3 and 240 pounds, the... More >>

  • Weed Killers

    published August 23, 2007

    It began in early July, when a helicopter pilot conducting drug surveillance looked down into a heavily wooded area near the Trinity River and... More >>

  • Toddlerpalooza

    published August 23, 2007

    Recent studies suggest so-called educational videos for toddlers and babies (like Baby Einstein) don't do your kids any good; in fact they... More >>

  • Ready to Rumble

    published August 16, 2007

    A few years ago, a Dallas businessman named Buckeye Epstein was invited to an underground fight in an abandoned discotheque in Southern... More >>

  • Man Without a Country

    published July 12, 2007

    To hear him tell it, Richard Chichakli would like nothing more than to return to his humdrum life as a Richardson accountant. But thanks to the... More >>

  • Happy Fun Balls

    published July 12, 2007

    Unicycles and juggling were once the domain of clowns. Now, nerds rule both disciplines. Juggling world records, for example, are tracked by... More >>

  • Lust Letters

    published July 12, 2007

    "His swollen member throbbing in his Levi's, John rams Jeanette against the counter like the bull ram he is. Her warm loins tingling, she accepts... More >>

  • Dark Horse

    published June 28, 2007

    It's the second race at Lone Star Park, and the trainers are saddling their horses. A jockey dressed in black silks is boosted atop the long shot,... More >>

  • Kiss Me, Katie

    published June 14, 2007

    Elizabeth Albanese sat near the front of the massive ballroom, sipping champagne. The 43-year-old loved champagne. In social settings such as this... More >>

  • Pickers and Grinners

    published June 14, 2007

    Doc Watson, who was raised in the woods of North Carolina and lost his vision before his first birthday, grew up around music. While doing... More >>

  • General Greetings

    published May 24, 2007

    Here's what you need to know about hellogoodbye: Their music has been described as "power pop/synth pop," they've appeared on MTV's The... More >>

  • Jesus in the Jailhouse

    published April 26, 2007

    The prisoner, dressed in white cotton that's beginning to fray, ducks into the office and glances around nervously. The man behind the desk asks... More >>

  • Stemming the Tide

    published April 19, 2007

    Late last week, lawmakers in Austin briefly considered seven bills relating to stem cell research, which could result in treatments for diseases... More >>

  • Frisco Likes It Rough

    published April 5, 2007

    What else can we say about the RoughRiders? We've already made fun of the minor league team for their overdecorated women's bathrooms... More >>

  • Something's Broken at Bryan's House

    published March 29, 2007

    The timing couldn't have been worse. Just days before Bryan's House—a Dallas care center for kids affected by HIV/AIDS—was set to... More >>

  • North and South

    published March 22, 2007

    Guatemala, known for its volcanoes, its coffee and its majority Mayan population, isn't so good at soccer. In fact, the blue and white have never... More >>

  • Choo-Choo!

    published March 22, 2007

    In 1946, a Brit by the name of Wilbert Awdry wrote a book about trains called Thomas the Tank Engine. The book was set on the fictional... More >>

  • Cock Blocking

    published March 15, 2007

    Danny Reid is no fan of cockfighting. So when the local marketing executive and animal rights advocate heard that More >>

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