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Michael Hardy is a native Texan and a senior editor at Texas Monthly, where he has written about viticulture, lepidoptery, opera, wrestling, graffiti, tattoo parlors, state politics, and Sugar Land’s selfie statue. Before joining TM he worked as arts editor for Houstonia magazine, where he won the 2015 City and Regional Magazine Association award for best arts writing. His reporting has appeared in the Texas Observer, Wired, the New York Times, and Playboy. He lives in Houston.

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True Crime|
June 14, 2021

Pecos Jane Has a Name

The young woman who mysteriously drowned in the Ropers Motel pool in 1966 might have remained anonymous forever, if not for cutting-edge genetics, old-fashioned genealogy—and the kindness of a small West Texas town.

News & Politics|
November 18, 2020

A Bad Cop’s Best Friend?

One morning in late January 2019, Rhogena Nicholas texted a prayer to her mother, Jo Ann Nicholas, just as she did every day. A widow in her eighties, Jo Ann could no longer make the four-hour drive from Natchitoches, Louisiana, to visit her daughter and her son-in-law, Dennis Tuttle, at

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