On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman committed America’s first mass murder in a public place. Here’s what happened, in the words of over three dozen people who got shot, fired back, lost loved ones, saved lives by risking their own.
In October 2006 a four-year-old boy from Corpus Christi died mysteriously of salt poisoning. His foster mother, Hannah Overton, was charged with capital murder. But was this churchgoing woman a vicious child killer? Or had the tragedy claimed its second victim?
Michael Morton spent almost 25 years wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife, until DNA evidence helped set him free. A year and a half later, that same piece of evidence finally brought him face-to-face with the real killer.
During the 25 years Michael Morton spent wrongfully imprisoned for murdering his wife, he kept three things in mind: Someday he would prove his innocence to their son. Someday he would find out who had killed her. And someday he would understand how this had happened to him.
All over America—and on the cover of Time magazine—Sherron Watkins is heralded as the whistle-blower who exposed Enron’s financial shenanigans. So why does the high-rolling crowd back in Houston consider her Public Enemy Number One?
Beauty contests offer girls a time-honored occasion to hone the skills of elaborate preening and practice the fine art of intense mother-daughter bonding. But at the 2003 Miss Texas Teen USA pageant, contestant number 53 hoped simply for a blueprint for self-discovery.
George W. Bush loves his retreat near Crawford, where life is just perfect—or was, until property values soared, souvenir shops sprang up everywhere, the media invaded, and the town became divided over its most famous resident.
For teenage girls living in Llano, life can be short on glamour and lacking in spectacle. But once a year they compete against their friends and classmates for the chance to win the most coveted title their community offers.
Illegal immigration is exploding in Maverick County, which will soon become the busiest crossing point from Mexico into the U.S. Ranches are being overrun by drug smugglers, houses robbed, cattle stolen. Men have been shot and killed.
By this spring, nearly 40,000 troops will have been deployed to Iraq from Fort Hood. For the military spouses left behind, time passes. They raise their kids, wait for breaking news, and pray whenever they hear a knock on the door.
Forty-two residents of the struggling cotton-farming town of Roby band together to enter the lottery. They buy 430 tickets. Then, on the eve of Thanksgiving, they hit the jackpot, winning $46 million. You might expect a happy ending. Not even close.