Author

Peter Elkind

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May 25, 2017

Prosecutors Race to Keep Angel-of-Death Behind Bars

Texas is scheduled to release Genene Jones, a former nurse and suspected serial killer of children, early next year. Today, prosecutors in San Antonio moved to prevent her release, bringing a new murder charge against Jones in connection with the death of a child 35 years ago.

Law |
January 1, 1992

Poetic Justice

A Dallas lawyer is urging his colleagues to put rhyme and reason back into legal writing—by using plain old English.

Feature |
January 1, 1990

The Bucks Stop Here

The troubled Parks and Wildlife Department is supposed to protect the state’s natural resources. Instead, it protects its friends and, above all, itself.

Education |
September 30, 1989

That Brainpower Guy

Incarnate Word was an obscure Catholic school before Lou Agnese launched his multimillion-dollar ad campaign. Now the college is booming, and Agnese is a local star.

Feature |
May 31, 1989

Rock Bottom

A series of terrible decisions and bad breaks ruined Gibraltar Savings. Is rescuing it another mistake?…

Feature |
February 1, 1989

The Wooing of Chairman Wang

The decision by a Chinese plastics company to build a billion-dollar plant in Texas proves that economic development works—but it comes at a high price.

Feature |
December 1, 1988

Can Ross Perot Save America?

One day in 1962 Ross Perot read Thoreau’s insight that the “mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” The country hasn’t been the same since.

Feature |
July 31, 1987

Cities in Bondage

When eighty-year-old Decker Jackson gives financial advice to Texas public officials, nothing in life is certain but debt and taxes.

Reporter |
January 1, 1987

Texas Monthly Reporter

The citizens of Muleshoe lose their only hospital, thanks to a California chain; the citizens of Houston learn the value of caution, thanks to a local developer; the citizens of the world get a chance to improve their potency, thanks to the Aggies.

Feature |
November 1, 1986

Why Inman Left

The departure of MCC’s chief signals a new beginning for the company—and an end to Austin’s high-tech boom.

Feature |
September 30, 1986

Going For Broke

In boom times, John Connally and Ben Barnes used their political magic to build a sprawling real estate empire. Now they’re in a desperate struggle to keep themselves afloat.

Feature |
April 30, 1986

UT Versus A&M

They’re the oldest foes and the biggest rivals. Now the contest has moved into the arena that really counts—the classroom.

Feature |
April 30, 1986

The Quest That Fizzled

Everyone agreed it was time for greatness at UT. But after a nationwide search for a new president, the only man the regents could agree on was a campus insider who professed no great vision at all.

Feature |
December 1, 1985

Professor of Football

Okay, now, listen up. This story is about Bill Yeoman, a really good football coach. Read it or run three laps after practice.

Feature |
November 1, 1985

The Hustlers

The genteel practice of law is dead. Nowadays lawyers fight for clients, raid each other’s firms, and bill, bill, bill.

Feature |
June 30, 1985

The Legacy of Citizen Robert

As an heir to the Dallas Morning News, Robert Decherd has vindicated his father’s name, waged and won a newspaper war, and emerged as the new leader of the Dealey dynasty.

Feature |
August 31, 1984

The Double Life of Paul Thayer

He had it all: a wife and a mistress, a limousine and a motorcycle, the second-highest job at the Pentagon and some good-time Dallas buddies. Then the SEC took an interest in his life.

Reporter |
July 31, 1984

Texas Monthly Reporter

Is Texas shrinking? Are the Kimbell’s spirits sinking? Are Midland and Odessa really linking? Where are Houston’s sports fans drinking?…

Feature |
December 1, 1983

Cosmic Plowboy

Agriculture commissioner Jim Hightower discovered that he could help the little guy by becoming one of the big boys.

Reporter |
September 30, 1983

Texas Monthly Reporter

Texas becomes a disaster zone; a magazine empire enters the twilight zone; the district attorney’s office in San Antonio is a war zone; problems crop up in the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport flight zone.

True Crime |
July 31, 1983

The Death Shift

The three-to-eleven evening shift, Bexar County Hospital, San Antonio: nurse Genene Jones was on duty in the pediatric intensive care unit, and for months babies kept having mysterious—sometimes fatal—emergencies. Why?…