CSI: Anahuac

The John Doe case that continues to haunt a small town in Texas.

On April 15, 2007, a Hispanic male in his 30’s was found floating in a bayou in Anahuac, Texas, a small town east of Houston. According to the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was found with his hands tied behind his back and duct tape over his mouth. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and asphyxiation from drowning.

A young deputy with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, Nacheal Bonin, developed a personal interest in the unsolved case—the body was found next to the property her family had owned for generations. She is now helping out with the investigation under the tutelage of Captain John Mulryan, the lead investigator as well as her mentor. The popular TV show America’s Most Wanted recently visited Anahuac, where they spoke with Bonin and reenacted the crime scene. Evan Marshall, the producer, recently talked to texas monthly about the case. 

What interested you in this story?

There are a number of elements to this story that interest me. First of all, any time you have a case in a small town that most people have never heard of, you automatically have a unique element. Everyone knows what New York City looks like. Everyone has seen Dallas. But the fact that most people have never heard of Anahuac, Texas, let alone been there, the locale becomes a character to the story in and of itself.

The real hook to this story though is Deputy Bonin. We always like to highlight investigators who put their heart and soul into their jobs but it’s rare when a detective has a case that affects his or her personal life. That’s the case with Nacheal. Finally, there are a number of clues to this case that are intriguing. They’re not obvious clues—they’re subtle, they’re interesting, and they could mean many things. Our viewers are like none others. They are armchair detectives and

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