Skip Hollandsworth

Before joining the Texas Monthly staff, in 1989, executive editor Skip Hollandsworth worked as a reporter and columnist in Dallas and as a television producer and documentary filmmaker. During his tenure with the magazine, he has received several journalism awards, including a National Headliners Award, the national John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism, the City and Regional Magazine gold award for feature writing, and the Texas Institute of Letters O. Henry Award for magazine writing.

He has been a finalist four times for a National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and in 2010 he won the National Magazine Award in feature writing for “Still Life,” his story about a young man who, after suffering a crippling football injury in high school, spent the next 33 years in his bedroom, unable to move. The 2011 movie Bernie, which Hollandsworth co-wrote with Richard Linklater, is based on his January 1998 story, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas.”

Stories

The Unsinkable Lisa Blue

Her husband, Fred Baron, helped bankroll John Edwards’s presidential campaign, only to die of cancer amid the most sordid political scandal in recent history. But before long, Dallas’s newest rainmaker had emerged from the wreckage—with every hair in place.

I Shall Never Surrender or Retreat . . .

… from teaching my fifteen-year-old daughter about her Texas roots. So when I realized I was failing to accomplish this most sacred of duties, I did what any well-meaning parent would do: loaded her (and her friends, of course) into the car and hit the road.

Shocking New Allegations in Jeffrey Stern Case

Michelle Gaiser, the mistress who is charged with collaborating with Stern on a murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife, has now been accused of taking a hit out on Stern.

Reading Along With 
James Donovan

The latest Alamo 
chronicler offers a glimpse of his reference library.

Lights, Camera, Carthage!

Nearly fifteen years after Richard Linklater and I started talking about turning a TEXAS MONTHLY story into a major motion picture, it’s finally hitting the big screen, with a little help from Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine—and a seventy-year-old retired hairdresser from Rusk named Kay Baby Epperson.

Houston Socialite Sues Husband's Ex-Mistress for Murder-for-Hire Plot

The strange case of Jeffrey and Yvonne Stern gets stranger. Yvonne filed a lawsuit against her husband’s ex-mistress, Michelle Gaiser, who is expected to testify that Jeffrey helped plot his wife’s murder.

Sex, Lies, and Hit Men!

Yvonne Stern knows that her husband, the wealthy Houston attorney Jeffrey Stern, had a steamy affair with a woman named Michelle Gaiser. And she knows full well that two years ago Gaiser hired a series of men to kill her. But she refuses to believe that Jeffrey was in on the plan.

“If the Serial Killer Gets Us, He Gets Us”

Police had all but given up looking into a pair of assaults against two prostitutes in the Houston neighborhood of Acres Homes. But when a third turned up dead, investigator Darcus Shorten embarked on a search that revealed a brutal reality.

The Girl Who Played With Firearms

Miranda Lambert has a lot to be happy about—she’s recently married, with a brand-new album and a string of hits that has made her the toast of Nashville. So why is she so twangry?

Gary Patterson Is Still Yelling at His Players

Who cares if TCU went to the Rose Bowl last season and shocked the world? If the extremely intense coach of the Horned Frogs is going to keep his thrilling roll going, he’s got to keep! these! kids! focused!

Playground Rules

The suicides of four Texas teens who were brutally bullied have prompted cries for new legislation. But one lawyer has a different plan: Sue the school districts.

The Lost Boys

It was the most shocking crime of its day, 27 boys from the same part of town kidnapped, tortured, and killed by an affable neighbor named Dean Corll. Forty years later, it remains one of the least understood—or talked about—chapters in Houston’s history.

A Closer Look at One of Dean Corll’s Victims

Dorothy Hilligiest’s son David disappeared one day in 1971. She spent her days and nights searching for him, following leads, and eagerly awaiting his return. And then she found out about Dean Corll, one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.

Latest News on the Corll Investigation

Researchers have discovered a mistaken identity and another possible victim.

Rich Man, Poor Man

The tragic culture clash that led to the murder of a governor’s son.

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