An 11-year-old sent to the Hill Country's Camp La Junta returns to his family with a horrible secret.
In Dallas and across the country, hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation’s sweetest crime. The feds are now trying to shutter the door.
On an August night in 1998, Douglas Feldman pulled his Harley up next to an 18-wheeler that had just cut him off on a highway in Plano. Feldman shot and killed the driver, Robert Everett, then paused on his way home to murder an Exxon tanker driver named Nicholas Velasquez. A week or so later, he ki ... More >>
Over much of the past year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement agencies have been carrying out the largest offensive against pill mills Texas has ever seen. Dubbed "Operation King of the Pill," the effort involves dozens of officers swarming medical offices suspected of illeg ... More >>
(*The Handsome Guy Bandit thinks so, anyway.)
It's hard to forget Alan Todd May. He's the Texas con man who, until his phone privileges were revoked, used to sell spaces in made-up trade shows from his Harris County prison cell, not to mention any number of more pedestrian financial misdeeds. His boldest scheme started in 2008, when he formed ... More >>
Each year, a handful of Dallas county teenagers accused of crimes are "certified," meaning they're being charged as adults and will appear in adult criminal court. While they await trial, they sit in Dallas county jail. We've learned that while in jail, these teens are kept in their cells for 23 hou ... More >>
Michael Morton, free after 25 years of wrongful imprisonment for his wife's murder, spoke about his experience yesterday during a panel discussion on prosecutorial oversight at the University of Texas. Morton's case has become a focal point of any story or discussion about prosecutorial misconduct, ... More >>
Barbara Rios/Science Photo LibraryThe number of young people in Dallas contracting HIV and AIDS is increasing, KTVT-Channel 11 reported Monday, and those young people, ages 13 to 24, now make up 25 percent of all new diagnoses. And those stats were compiled before the state decided to gut fam ... More >>
Two murders and two life sentences won't alter one convict's allegiance to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
When Sharon Keller turned off the clock on a Death Row inmate's last-gasp appeal, she became the most vilified judge in Texas
The railroad tie plant that gave birth to tiny Somerville may now be killing the town, residents claim
Brian Harkin Well, I had the chance to talk to the former Sheila Farrington for a feature about her husband Don for the paper version of Unfair Park this week. Mrs. Hill says she will not cop a plea, and while I know that’s what all criminal defendants say initially, she sounds pretty convincing ... More >>
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For Quinn Eaker, a son of the radical "unschooling" movement, school's out forever
Houston had one of its most shocking race murders 45 years ago. But exactly whose tragedy was it?
West Nile keeps animal control officers hopping to collect dead birds
At 76, flamboyant criminal lawyer Racehorse Haynes keeps doing what he does best--winning
Coral Eugene Watts is a serial killer. He says he'll murder again. Why can't Texas stop him?
His wife murdered their five children, but Rusty Yates was the one labeled a villain. He says don't believe everything you read.
Female authors find a lucrative trade in Texas lawlessness
How does Virginia McGuire make a profit in the nonprofit business of creating affordable housing? Simple. She pays her husband.
DPS to oversee state drug forces troubled by abuses
What makes Bobby run?
Haifa Bale has spent three years trying to get her daughter back from an abusive ex-husband. Not even the Queen of Jordan can make it happen.
Odell Barnes awaits execution on March 1 -- despite new evidence that he didn't commit the crime
Dallas Constable Aurelio Castillo claims the criminal charges against him are a political conspiracy. His opponents say he's just a doofus.
On the prosecution-biased Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, justice isn't blind. It's dumb.
A convicted killer flees arrest on insurance fraud charges
Texas health officials say that mandatory childhood vaccinations against hepatitis B will prevent the spread of life-threatening illness. But which is riskier--the disease or the vaccine?
And it's nowhere near enough to attract a slate of decent city council candidates in southern Dallas
Harvey Kronberg, the Avis of Austin political reporters, tries harder with Web gossip
In East Dallas' Little Asia, a community blooms in fields of litter
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.
When Dan Morales brokered Texas' $17.3 billion tobacco settlement, he blew away Governor Bush. He also made sure his friends got a few puffs.
While Erica Sheppard sits on death row, penniless and convicted of a gruesome murder, her cadre of elite Dallas lawyers tries to prove that the justice system has gone fatally awry
Reports of Steven Russell's death were greatly exaggerated, but they were enough to spring him from a Texas prison
The Dallas bounty hunter's arsenal includes the pizza scam, the utility-clerk hustle, and the occasional M-1 rifle. Now who's the crook?
Accused of bribery, ineptitude, and cattle rustling, rookie constable Aurelio Castillo can't tell his friends from his enemies anymore
A sweetheart bill down at the Texas Legislature will let you pay to make one Dallas businessman richer
School promoter given time out--in jail
Bettie Beets killed two husbands. Now she's likely to become the first woman the state of Texas has ever executed
The truth about Cabaret Royale's blue-chip fantasy world