• Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    "The Carpet Was Still Wet in the Courtroom When He Sat Down For His First Lovely Meal On Death Row."

    Tarrant County jailers are breathing a collective sigh of relief: Ladies and gentlemen, Steven Lawayne Nelson has left the building. Convicted and sentenced to death for suffocating a 28-year-old Arlington preacher and suspected in the killing of a fellow inmate, Nelson's new home is the Polunsky Un ... More >>

  • Music

    March 8, 2012
  • News

    August 25, 2011

    How The Internet Killed (Or Maybe Just Changed) Dallas' Leather Scene

    Veterans say Dallas' leather scene is under attack by sexual tourists, straights, women and worst of all, social media.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Johnnie Lindsey Spent 26 Years Wrongfully Locked Up, But the State Won't Pay For Eight

    ​If a man spends 26 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit, you can bet he's going to want every cent he can get through the state's statutory compensation plan for the wrongfully imprisoned. We spoke with Johnnie Lindsey for this week's cover story about the ongoing legal battle between ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Rais Bhuiyan, Victim of Post-9/11 Shooting, to Sue the State to Try to Spare Attacker's Life

    ​At 10 this morning on the steps of the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse, Rais Bhuiyan, who was shot in the face by white supremacist Mark Stroman as part of a post-September 11, 2001 shooting spree, will announce that he's filing suit today against Gov. Rick Perry and other state offi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Rais Bhuiyan Will Continue Fight to Save Attacker's Life After Supreme Court Passes

    Rais Bhuiyan. Photo by Alex Scott ​On Monday Mark Stroman, the white supremacist who shot three men he believed were of Middle Eastern descent, killing two, lost another appeal to prevent his execution, which is scheduled for July 20 in Huntsville. The Supreme Court declined, without comment, to r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Little By Little, City Archivist John Slate and UNT Are Putting All of Dallas's History Online

    Dallas Municipal Archives/UNT Libraries​I envy John Slate most days -- after all, as the city archivist it's his job to dig deep into Dallas's history, where I am but mere enthusiast and dilettante. It was Slate who last week found something once thought lost to the dustbin of history: that animat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Yeah, But What If Baseball Went To The European Football Table?

    I know the Texas Rangers swept the previously mighty Boston Red Sox and we're all atwitter about the American League West division race heading into August ... September ... maybe even October? But what if baseball were governed according to, say, European football standards? You know, the top ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2008

    Still an Aryan Blood Brother

    Two murders and two life sentences won't alter one convict's allegiance to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas

  • News

    November 15, 2007

    Crazy Fish May Redefine Computer Industry

    He claims to have invented e-mail. He holds a world skydiving record. But his current invention promises to top them all

  • Dining

    November 23, 2006
  • News

    October 19, 2006

    The Endurance Evangelist

    Your savior arrived wearing running shoes

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    High on the Hog

    In Texas, shoot as many feral pigs as you like. Just don't let your dog bite them.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2006

    Going Down in Downtown

    On Saturday, Raymond Hammell was mentioned in The Dallas Morning News, just not by name. He was not dead even a day, but already he was a statistic: a 56-year-old man "stabbed multiple times Friday evening in a skywalk in the 2000 block of Bryan Street. He later died at Baylor University Medical Cen ... More >>

  • News

    September 8, 2005

    After the Flood

    Plus: Still Living, Wrist Slap, We Screwed Up

  • News

    May 26, 2005


    Frank Rodriguez faces a lifetime on Texas sex offender registry for having sex with a 16-year-oldwho is now his wife. Hes not alone.

  • News

    July 29, 2004

    Unbuttoned-Down Muse

    Plus: Girls Wanted; The Eyes Have It; We Win

  • News

    January 8, 2004

    Writer's Block

    Texas prisons start barring book authors from inmate interviews

  • News

    December 4, 2003

    Small Fish

    Now let's look for the real villains in fake drugs

  • News

    October 23, 2003

    Bellies of the Beast

    Food cuts have inmates and guards grumbling

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Counsel for the Defense

    At 76, flamboyant criminal lawyer Racehorse Haynes keeps doing what he does best--winning

  • News

    June 19, 2003

    Evil Eyes

    Coral Eugene Watts is a serial killer. He says he'll murder again. Why can't Texas stop him?

  • News

    March 13, 2003

    Ticket to Ride

    It's good news for bad people as low morale saps Dallas cops' will to work

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    A Girl Named Suicide

    Texas' Valerie Mahfood--last seen getting clobbered by Laila Ali--could change the pretty face of women's boxing

  • News

    August 1, 2002

    The Ex-Con Game

    How do we deal with the staggering number of prisoners re-entering society? Ned Rollo thinks he knows. He should. He's been there.

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Out of Mind, Out of Sight

    For a growing number of Texas kids with mental illnesses, the only place to get help is behind bars.

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    Dead Wrong

    How consummate con artist Henry Lee Lucas resurrected the dead and went looking for a sucker. He almost found one.

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Death and Dignity, I Am Far Superior, Slam Bam

  • Music

    September 28, 2000

    Jesus' Favorite Singer

    Fifty years after leaving the Soul Stirrers, Rebert Harris has been called home

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    Dirty Cops, Dirty Games

    The untold story of Dallas' bigest-ever police corruption scandal. Part two of a special report.

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    The Apostle

    The preacher who launched this century's longest-running revival, transplanted Texan Stephen Hill, spreads the word: Sinners wanted here

  • Culture

    May 25, 2000

    Inside the soapbox

    Michael Moore gets out of his La-Z-Boy to find The Awful Truth

  • News

    December 23, 1999

    Good time Charlie

    The don of Dallas criminal lawyers, Charles Tessmer reshaped justice through decades of hard-fought cases and hard drink

  • News

    September 30, 1999

    Huntsville Houdini

    Federal prosecutors get tough with an escape artist

  • News

    August 12, 1999

    Rotting away in jail

    Kevin Young earned his trip to the Dallas County jail, but no one deserves what happened to him there

  • News

    July 22, 1999

    Innocence Lost

    Railroaded onto death row, Kerry Max Cook endures rapes, beatings, and suicide attempts while waiting for justice

  • News

    May 27, 1999

    Blood Vow

    When investigators uncovered the bodies of a Dallas mother and her young son in a makeshift Oklahoma grave, FBI agent Tase Bailey swore to bring the killer to justice

  • News

    November 19, 1998

    The biggest pump wins

    Bart Sipriano's well dried up four days after Ozarka started pumping water nearby. Under the state's "rule of capture," he has no right to complain.

  • News

    November 19, 1998

    Cheating death

    A notorious murder-for-hire ex-con may have reached the end of his road in Dallas

  • News

    August 6, 1998

    Defending Darlie

    Wealthy Waco businessman Brian Pardo spends his time and money helping death-row inmates he believes are innocent. His efforts on behalf of Darlie Routier have raised suspicions about her husband--and about Pardo's motives.

  • News

    May 14, 1998

    Fly away, little jailbird

    Reports of Steven Russell's death were greatly exaggerated, but they were enough to spring him from a Texas prison

  • News

    April 9, 1998

    Dallas Confidential

    The Texas Troubadour's Fatal Rendezvous and other amazing stories from the police department's cold case squad

  • News

    December 25, 1997

    The Few, the Proud, the Battered

    At Harlingen's Marine Military Academy, the line between discipline and abuse is sometimes as thin as a knife's edge

  • Music

    November 28, 1996

    Glory and injustice

    Is bass legend Chuck Rainey falling through the cracks?

  • News

    August 22, 1996

    Blind-sided, again

    Al Lipscomb assures us that he has no idea what's going on

  • Film

    August 22, 1996

    Joe Bob Briggs

    Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX

  • Music

    July 18, 1996

    Square peg

    Don McCalister Jr. ain't your typical Austin renegade

  • News

    February 15, 1996

    Dead man waiting

    After a decade on death row, Andre Lewis grasps at straws Andre Lewis is a dead man waiting.

  • Music

    April 6, 1995

    Good rockin' last night

    Dallas' forgotten Star Talent Records label got there before Sun's rise