At the beginning of the year, Lance Armstrong sat down for an exclusive, one-on-one interview with Oprah in which he tearfully copped to doping. At that point, it was little more than a formality, seeing as a mountain of evidence had already proved as much, but it was supposed to show that Armstrong ... More >>
They don't last long these days in the media relations office at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. First, longtime public information director Michelle Lyons resigned last year after being demoted and accused of fudging her time sheets. This was after she responded to a media request from a ... More >>
Douglas Alan Feldman, 55, the remorseless, highly intelligent psychopath who terrorized three North Texas counties for more than a week while he went on a shooting rampage, was executed Wednesday. And he shuffled off his mortal coil with the same venom with which he inhabited it. According to an As ... More >>
On the same day a grand jury handed down indictments accusing former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams and his wife, Kim, of capital murder, she filed for divorce. According to a petition filed Thursday in district court, Kim Lene Williams is seeking to end her 17-year marriage, whic ... More >>
The Parker County district attorney is keeping an eye on the Legislature's special session. Next month, Jake Evans' case is scheduled to go to trial. The 17-year-old kid from a gated community in Aledo is accused of methodically gunning down his mother and his little sister then calmly phoning 911. ... More >>
Kassandra Martinez's future just got even bleaker. The 20-year-old Mexican national was already in jail on a murder charge for allegedly running over her cousin last month at a Northwest Dallas gas station. Witnesses told police Martinez was mad at the cousin for refusing to chip in for gas after a ... More >>
Two days ago, few people foresaw that Kim Williams, the ailing wife of a former Kaufman County official, would be arrested and charged with capital murder. But everyone's been expecting this: law enforcement officials announced today that former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams has been charged wi ... More >>
Update, 1:05 p.m.: Authorities say Kim Williams has confessed. See update and the affidavit below. Since he was arrested over the weekend, speculation has been that former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams would be indicted on capital murder charges at any second in the slayings of ... More >>
Nowadays every Monday morning at 7 am I'm on KNON Radio 89.3 doing a radio version of "Get Off My Lawn," pretty much the same thing you see here except that I'm naked. If like a lot of people you find that the effect of "Get Off My Lawn" doesn't last long enough into the day and you need to re-cr ... More >>
Dallas County appointed a hate-group found to a homeland security committee. Feel safe yet?
Documentary peers into the lawless human soul.
Via.Randall Dale Adams's mugshot for the crime he did not commit"It's an Everyman's story. It's the story of someone slipping through the cracks -- if you like, a nonfiction Twilight Zone episode." That was filmmaker Errol Morris talking, in 1988, about his documentary The Thin Blue Line -- other ... More >>
It's easy, sometimes, to forget who the greatest rapper Dallas ever spawned is -- especially when considering that, for the past 20 years, he's worked in a largely behind-the-scenes role, ghost-writing for other rappers and working closely as a mentor to genre luminaries Dr. Dre and Eminem.But, n ... More >>
A then-21-year-old Ronald "Buffalo" Chambers was sentenced to be executed in 1976.I cannot count the number of stories Observer editor Mark Donald and I have written about Ronald "Buffalo" Chambers, who, on April 10, 1975, kidnapped 22-year-old Texas Tech student Mike McMahan and 20-year-old Dei ... More >>
If you've seen Republican Danny Clancy's latest political ad above or his first one, you know what he views as District Attorney Craig Watkins's biggest wart: never prosecuting a felony case. But that's not true, according to Kurt Watkins, Craig's cousin and campaign manager. In fact, Craig exami ... More >>
http://smu.rivals.com/ Now everyone - including Jason Garrett's nephew, Jake Flaherty - wants a piece of SMU football.For his role, Dale Hansen got death threats, extortion ploys and, um, a dead bird. "It was a black crow delivered right to our office," recalls Hansen, WFAA-Channel ... More >>
Roderick NewtonTen years ago last March, "Roderick Newton and Julian Williams went to a car wash in Pleasant Grove in Dallas looking for someone to rob." So reminds the Texas Attorney General's media release issued last week, which recounts the reason Newton is scheduled to be executed by the state ... More >>
Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College FundOn Friday, Kimberly spent the afternoon on the campus of Paul Quinn College, which is appealing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' decision to yank the school's accreditation; said president Michael Sorrell, "It is not t ... More >>
Judge Sharon KellerSo, back to Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sharon Keller. But only because there's breaking news this afternoon: The Austin American-Statesman's gotten hold of a notice of formal proceedings from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which says that "Judge Keller's willful an ... More >>
Karl Chamberlain is awaiting execution for the 1991 rape and murder of a 30-year-old Dallas woman. The Santa Fe Reporter this morning has a story about Karl Chamberlain -- a New Mexico man awaiting execution in Texas for the 1991 rape and murder of a 30-year-old Dallas woman. According to the Texas ... More >>
At this very moment down in Huntsville, folks are marking the 25th anniversary of lethal injection in the U.S. at the Texas Prison Museum, which is hosting a panel discussion titled, fittingly, “25 Years of Lethal Injection: What Have We Learned?” Good question -- same one the Supreme Court's sc ... More >>
Judge Sharon Keller -- or "Killer Keller" or "Sharon Killer," depending on your level of clever Folks who consider themselves tough on crime love, love, love Dallas-born Judge Sharon Keller, who, in 1994, was elected as a Republican to the state's Court of Criminal Appeals. (The Greenhill School and ... More >>
A terrible crime plus skaky evidence tempts prosecutors to play a secret game of "let's make a deal"
A self-portrait from Chelsea Richardson's Web site A few new developments in an old story: I was an intern when Glenna Whitley and I wrote about the brutal murder of a Mansfield couple named Rick and Suzanna Wamsley in 2003. Their son, Andrew Wamsley, and his girlfriend, Chelsea Richardson, have bee ... More >>
Sloppy record keeping causing headaches in criminal appeals
Buffalo Chambers will not die on Thursday, thanks to a Supreme Court justice. Many years ago, Mark Donald and I wrote about a man named Ronald "Buffalo" Chambers for the paper version of Unfair Park. I thought this item, from December 13, would be the last (or next-to-last) thing I would write about ... More >>
This is Ronald "Buffalo" Chambers when he was 21 and sentenced to die the first time. That was 30 years ago. Ronald Chambers has been on death row for 30 years, making him the longest-serving inmate waiting to die in Texas. He's there for kidnapping, robbing and killing one college student at the Tr ... More >>
If you want to see what an Observer writer looks like--brainy with a touch of rugged, in my estimation, or the perfect mixture of jock and intellectual--Jesse Hyde will appear tonight on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 talking about a piece he wrote for the Deseret Morning News in July 2004, a little more ... More >>
Andrew Wamsley's defense rested about an hour ago at his murder trial in Fort Worth. (For those too busy to click the link, Wamsley's accused of shooting and stabbing his parents shortly before Christmas in 2003, so he could collect their $1.65 million estate. Chelsea Richardon has been convicted of ... More >>
Thursday, October 20, at Trees
At 76, flamboyant criminal lawyer Racehorse Haynes keeps doing what he does best--winning
Judy Shepard describes the good that came from tragedy
A racist Billy Bob gets funky in Monster's Ball
Poor pacing and a puzzling lead wrinkle The Front Page
The Lacerte Family Children's Zoo fillets its fuzzie-wuzzies
From the week of February 22
No, you take him; Scenic Huntsville; Hell's grannies; Not us; Fair market; Blame it on Bossa Nova
Try, try again; Throwing darts
In 1979, Walter Waldhauser Jr. arranged the murder of a Houston family. Today, he has a new name and a new business in Dallas,but he still profits when people die.
The Texas Troubadour's Fatal Rendezvous and other amazing stories from the police department's cold case squad
Vanilla Ice, hip-hop's trivia answer, wants to prove he's still cool--but was he ever?