The Day Oscar Wyatt Caved

In the right light, the ornery octogenarian oilman’s guilty plea can be seen as a victory: After all, he won’t spend the rest of his natural life in jail. But the fact is, he couldn’t beat the rap—and he knew it.

For Houston it was a real “say it ain’t so” moment. Oscar S. Wyatt Jr., that archetype of Texas archetypes, for decades the city’s orneriest, wiliest, most litigious, most feared, most hated, and most beloved son of a bitch, stood

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