Home Away From Home?

Texas’ largest nursing home operator says it provides a “better place to live” for the elderly. Stave investigators tell a much different story, alleging that one woman was underfed to the point of starvation, another was bitten by fire ants from head to toe, and a third, an Alzheimer’s patient, wandered into oncoming traffic and was killed.

On a remote stretch of U.S. 181, about fifty miles southeast of San Antonio, looms one of the biggest homes in Texas, the four-story, 29,000-square-foot, 34-room edifice on the estate known as Veladi Ranch. A marvel of architectural excess, the antebellum-style mansion is ringed by 28 towering Corinthian columns, three gigantic fountains, and 12,000

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