When her former student was found wandering the streets a decade after she’d last seen him, Michell Girard immediately agreed to take him in. Then she decided to do far more, including give him the Christmas he’d never had.
Articles by Skip Hollandsworth
Dec 18, 2019 — By Skip Hollandsworth
Brenda thought she and Ricky would be together forever, until he left her. Kendra thought she and Ricky would be together forever. Then Brenda took matters into her own hands. Inside the case of jealousy, spying, and murder that shook Uptown Dallas.
Sep 12, 2019 — By Skip Hollandsworth
In his plainspoken, hilariously vivid vernacular, the Texas oilman constantly spun tales about good times and bad.
Sep 6, 2019 — By Skip Hollandsworth
He renounced his violent San Antonio childhood during 28 years behind bars. A new life and new love awaited him outside the prison gates.
America finds inspiration and salvation on the moon—and then keeps going.
Jun 21, 2019 — By Skip Hollandsworth
Peppard was the last of his breed, covering with panache the feuds and foibles of his city’s bold-faced names.
Apr 24, 2019 — By Skip Hollandsworth
Sabika Sheikh, a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan with dreams of changing the world, struck up an unlikely friendship with an evangelical Christian girl. The two became inseparable—until the day a fellow student opened fire.
Apr 5, 2019 — By Skip Hollandsworth
New insights about Redrick “Red” Batiste emerge after his accomplices are found guilty.
Dec 27, 2018 — By Skip Hollandsworth
The brother of a young cowboy lost in a 2017 Panhandle fire helped his team to a stunning victory.
Nov 18, 2018 — By Skip Hollandsworth
The president of Dallas’s Paul Quinn College serves the underserved.
Nov 12, 2018 — By Skip Hollandsworth
The wildly popular Houston author and speaker is staring down the ”sin” and ”ungodliness” in her own denomination.
Sep 14, 2018 — By Skip Hollandsworth
Now 99 years old, the legendary coach of the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens has his official place in the Naismith Hall of Fame.
Aug 30, 2018 — By Skip Hollandsworth
Notes from the Dallas courtroom where, against the odds, police officer Roy Oliver was convicted of murder after shooting the 15-year-old black boy.
Aug 23, 2018 — By Skip Hollandsworth
Texas leads the country in hot-car deaths of children. Was Michael Thedford a horrible father, or did he make a mistake any parent could make?
Jul 20, 2018 — By Skip Hollandsworth
Jeff Henry often said that his goal in life was to make customers of his family’s legendary water parks happy—“to put a smile on their faces, to give them a thrill or two.” It was a beautiful vision. Until it went horribly wrong.
May 19, 2018 — By Skip Hollandsworth
Earlier this spring, Jeff Pike, the head of the infamous Texas-based Bandidos motorcycle club, went on trial in federal court for racketeering. Prosecutors called him a ruthless killer, the man behind one of the deadliest biker shootouts in American history at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Pike, however, said he was just a good family man. On Thursday, jurors announced their verdict.
May 11, 2018 — By Skip Hollandsworth
Originally sentenced to twenty years, the Houston dentist who ran over her cheating husband has been paroled.
Apr 18, 2018 — By Skip Hollandsworth
Beginning in 2015, Houston was plagued by a series of brutal armored car robberies that bewildered FBI agents for nearly two years. To finally bring down the unassuming mastermind behind it all, the agents had to stage an elaborate trap—and catch him in the act.
Mar 21, 2018 — By Skip Hollandsworth
The Midnight Assassin, who terrorized Austin 138 years ago, also targeted minorities first.
Sep 5, 2017 — By Skip Hollandsworth
And yes, it has to do with global warming.
Apr 4, 2016 — By Skip Hollandsworth
An exclusive excerpt from The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer reveals a forgotten time in Austin history, when a series of brutal, unsolved slayings terrified officials and left them wondering if a madman was on the loose.
Aug 13, 2015 — By Skip Hollandsworth
He’s the best defensive player in the NFL but writes his own Christmas cards. He has thousands of fans who’d love to party, but he goes to bed at seven-thirty. He could be the league’s next MVP but enjoys buying his own groceries. Is Houston’s J. J. Watt for real?
When I was a teenager growing up in Wichita Falls, which is regularly hailed as one of the hottest cities in the state (and sometimes the country), I spent my summers smelling like roadkill. The moment I stepped outside my house, sweat began sliding like syrup down my back.
Oct 21, 2014 — By Skip Hollandsworth
Olivia Lord told Dallas police officers that her boyfriend put a gun to his head after a drunken argument. Detective Dwayne Thompson couldn’t see how the evidence—or motive—made any sense. How did Michael Burnside die on May 9, 2010?
University of Texas regent Wallace Hall has been accused of leading a witch hunt against UT-Austin president William Powers. But the Dallas investor insists he's doing his job. And he doesn't care what you think.
Jun 17, 2014 — By Skip Hollandsworth
The 76-year-old Amarilloan gained international fame for funding the Cadillac Ranch art installation, which turns forty this weekend. But his legacy was tainted by sordid allegations of sexual abuse.