Texas Monthly

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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

The Son Rises

How growing up in West Texas made George W. Bush different from his dad.

Jun 1999
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“Y’all Smell That? That’s the Smell of Money.”

A son of the oil patch chases the new boom in South Texas.

Nov 2013

The Starlet

Sandra Bullock, Hollywood’s girl next door, is now our girl next door.

May 1998

Change of Routine

Years after she vaulted to Olympic glory, Mary Lou Retton is all smiles as a wife, mother, and best-selling author.

Sep 2000

Jailhouse Flock

Using ex-cons, ex-junkies, leather-clad bikers, and magicians, Cedar Hill’s Bill Glass Ministries draws prison inmates into the fold.

Oct 1997

Outlaw Blues

With a modem, handcuffs, and a strong right arm, Houston bounty hunter Janis McCollom keeps bail jumpers looking over their shoulders.

Nov 1997

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

Bob Perry Needs a Hug

The biggest campaign contributor in the country is a reclusive Houston homebuilder who doesn’t cooperate with the press (until now), never poses for photographs (until now), and keeps his personal life top secret (until now).

Apr 2007

Six Brothers

To live through the horrific cycle of suicide and tragedy, Kevin Von Erich has relied on the strange code of the professional wrestling world his family once ruled: What’s real is never certain, and what’s fake is never, ever talked about.

Oct 2005

Alex Jones Is About To Explode

The Austin radio host’s wild conspiracy theories—The swine flu vaccine will lead to martial law! 9/11 was an inside job!—have already earned him dedicated fans across the country. But as the tea parties and Obama hatred go mainstream, he may be ready to give Glenn Beck a run for his money.

Mar 2010

The Sighs of Texas

Why are romance writers—and readers—so in love with our state?

Aug 1998

Never Say Die

When Houston octogenarian Miller Quarles offered $100,000 to anyone who could find a cure for aging, he was called a crackpot. Not anymore.

Dec 1997
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Near/Far

Brutal shoot-outs, grisly murders, random kidnappings: Drug cartels in Mexico are in a savage fight to the death that has claimed more than 23,000 lives since 2006. Yet despite fears to the contrary, the violence has not spilled over into Texas—which doesn’t mean it isn’t transforming life all along the border.

Aug 2010

Crash Test

Two decades ago Texas became ground zero for the accountability movement in public education. Now, after a revolt by teachers and parents who claim that high-stakes testing is ruining classroom instruction, the Legislature is poised to undo many of its own reforms. Does anyone have the right answer?

May 2013

96 Minutes

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.

Aug 2006

Auf Wiedersehen to a Dialect

Texas German, once the primary tongue of nearly 100,000 Texans, is on the verge of dying out.

Jul 2013
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The Meanest Divorce

He kidnapped their kids. She bankrupted his family. He hid out for seven years. She had him put in jail. A story of love turned to hate.

Oct 1992

The Line of Fire

As noncareer firefighters, the thirty members of the West Volunteer Fire Department expected to have their work schedules upended, their dinners interrupted, and maybe for a little smoke to get in their eyes. What they didn’t expect was to face the greatest disaster their town had ever seen—and to lose some of their own.

Sep 2013

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 Killer Cadets

They were young. They were smart. They were successful. They were in love. And they were cold-blooded murderers. Why did they do it?

Dec 1996
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The Innocent Man, Part One

On August 13, 1986, Michael Morton came home from work to discover that his wife had been brutally murdered in their bed. His nightmare had only begun.

Nov 2012
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Hannah and Andrew

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?

Jan 2012