By Editors Recommend

The Murders at the Lake

In 1982 a brutal triple homicide shook the city of Waco and soon became one of the most confounding criminal cases in Texas history—one that still haunts the many people who have tried to solve it.

Apr 2014

Falling Comet

In 1955 "Rock Around the Clock" went to the top of the charts and turned Bill Haley into the king of rock and roll. Twenty-five years later, he was holed up in a pool house in Harlingen, drunk, lonely, paranoid, and dying. After three decades of silence, his widow and his children tell the story of his years in Texas and his sad final days.

Jun 2011

Three Chords and A Station Wagon

The Novas of Dallas. The Livin’ End of Abilene. The Zakary Thaks of Corpus Christi. In 1964 the Beatles inspired a generation of middle-class teens to buy guitars, grow their hair out, and hit the road. The secret history of Texas garage rock.

Mar 2010

The Spying Game

How an Austin company is winning the information war over Kosovo.

Jun 1999

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Once a beloved world champion, Lance Armstrong is now a pariah in his hometown. Will he ever be a hero again? Was he one to begin with?

Feb 2013


The life of a guitar.

Dec 2012

The Paper Chase

Houston attorney Bill Kroger and state Supreme Court chief justice Wallace Jefferson are on a mission: to persuade hundreds of counties to prevent thousands of courthouse papers from being lost to neglect. Can they save Texas history, one ancient legal document at a time?

Feb 2012

Who Killed Mary Eula Sears?

Thirty years ago, a 77-year-old woman who loved to paint flowers and landscapes was brutally murdered in her Abilene home and stuffed in a closet. A jury found a local ne’er-do-well guilty of the crime and sentenced him to death. But three decades later, the verdict still divides this tough west Texas town—and the victim’s family.

Nov 2011
By Editors Recommend

Lance Armstrong Has Something to Get off His Chest

He doesn’t use performance-enhancing drugs, he insists, no matter what his critics in the European press and elsewhere say. And yet the accusations keep coming. How much scrutiny can the two-time Tour de France winner stand?

Jul 2001
By Editors Recommend

Death Isn’t Fair

Cops who threaten torture. Prosecutors who go too far. Defense lawyers who sleep on the job. And an appellate court that rubber-stamps it all. Let’s be tough on crime, but let’s also see that justice is done. It’s time to fix the capital punishment system in Texas.

Dec 2002

Across the Line

According to the district attorney in Smith County, this building was the site of the most horrific child sex ring in Texas history. Three of the adults convicted of running it have already been sentenced to life in prison. There’s just one problem: The DA in neighboring Wood County, where the building is located, says nothing happened here at all.

Apr 2009

The Exonerated

These 37 men spent 525 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Then came the hard part: freedom.

Nov 2008

The Eyes of Texas Are upon Him

Even though University of Texas head coach Mack Brown is coming off a Rose Bowl victory and has assembled one of his most talented teams yet, five Straight losses to Oklahoma have the Orangebloods in a panic. Will the world’s nicest guy ever finish first?

Sep 2005

Has Madalyn Murray O’Hair Met Her Maker?

God only knows. In the meantime, FBI agents dig up a ranch in South Texas, an ex-con with a violent past sits in jail, and atheists everywhere happily adjust to life without the “most hated woman in America.”

May 1999

Weird Science

Testimony from forensic experts can be the most persuasive evidence presented at trial, but often juries don’t realize that the analysis of hair, fire, and even fingerprints may not be so scientific. The result? Innocent people behind bars.

May 2010

About a Boy

The life and death of Johnny Romano, the youngest professional skateboarder ever.

Aug 2010

The Soul of a Man

Who was Blind Willie Johnson?

Dec 2010
From the Web

The Mystery of Lightning Medicine Cloud

Arby Little Soldier was sure that the birth of a rare white buffalo on his ranch would usher in an age of peace and harmony. a year later, the animal was dead—and so was Arby’s dream.

Jan 2013
From the Web

The Older-and-Wiser Hypothesis

From the Web

There Will Be Blood. Clean Blood.

Team Slipstream thinks it can save cycling with a drug-testing program unlike anything else in sports. I wasn’t so sure—until I wound up living with their team captain at the Tour of California. Pass the remote.

Jul 2008