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Church Burners

Jan 21, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

Why did Jason Bourque and Daniel McAllister, two Baptist boys from East Texas, set fire to ten churches across three counties last year?

A Q&A With Pamela Colloff

Jan 21, 2013 By Layne Lynch-- DUPE

The executive editor, who wrote this month's story about the East Texas church fires, on getting subjects to talk, interviewing people behind bars, and defining turning points.

Separated At Death

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

Ernest Willis spent seventeen years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. And he has a few things to say about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 for a strangely similar crime that many experts believe he didn’t commit either.

The Cover-Up

Oct 1, 2009 By Paul Burka

It’s not hard to figure out why Governor Perry removed the chairman and two members of the Texas Forensic Science Commission just before its scheduled meeting: He was about to be embarrassed, and not just in Texas but nationally. The commission was going to hear a report from an arson…

The Arsonist Wins

Feb 4, 2009 By Paul Burka

I can’t believe what I read in the clips this morning. The Senate doesn’t want to come up with $27 million to restore the 1856 Governor’s Mansion, one of the oldest surviving buildings west of the Mississippi. Have they lost their minds? What’s the alternative? Leave it as a charred…

The Unusual Suspects

Dec 1, 2008 By Pamela Colloff

The arson of the Governor’s Mansion in June was as mystifying as it was heartbreaking. Could Austin anarchists have been to blame?

Tough Love Story

Sep 30, 1996 By Robert Draper

How tough should our response to juvenile crime be? No less tough than it is now—but no tougher either.

Burning Down The Woods

Apr 30, 1995 By Robert Draper

In 1990 the state banned the use of dogs to hunt deer. Ever since, a rogue group of East Texas hunters has exacted a fiery revenge.