Crime

Politics & Policy |
April 10, 2014

Terror at Noon

On a sweltering Monday in August 1966, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower and began shooting pedestrians below, killing eleven people and forever altering the lives of many others. In this excerpt from her new novel, Elizabeth Crook reimagines the day that changed everything.

Film & TV |
March 4, 2014

Revenge Porn Isn’t Illegal In Texas, But It Can Cost You Half a Million Dollars

"Revenge porn"—the public sharing of nude photos of someone on the Internet without their permission—isn't yet illegal in Texas. And after a Houston woman was awarded $500,000 in damages after her ex-boyfriend posted videos and images she gave him to YouTube and elsewhere, it's worth asking if it needs to

Crime |
February 11, 2014

A Question of Mercy

In 1998 famously tough Montague County district attorney Tim Cole sent a teenager to prison for life for his part in a brutal murder. The punishment haunts him to this day.

The Daily Post |
January 15, 2014

What’s The Point Of This Weird Lotto/Taxicab Scam Someone Is Attempting In El Paso?

It would be frightening if it weren't so weird, dumb, and ineffective: A new scam that attempts to prey on the elderly involves calling people up, telling them they've won the lottery, and then sending a cab to their house. The big flaw? No one has of yet gotten into

The Daily Post |
January 6, 2014

Even Scalia *Might* Agree That This Beaumont Man Should Be Arrested for the Way He Carried His Gun Through a Mall

A few days after the holidays, Derek Poe—a Beaumont gun store owner—was arrested for walking around a shopping mall with an AR-15 strapped to his back. While Texas allows for long guns to be openly carried in public, the question about whether or not Poe was committing a crime is

The Daily Post |
January 3, 2014

A Scandalous Love Triangle Involving a Louisiana Doctor, His Wife, and a Texas Police Chief

A federal lawsuit filed by Dr. Glen Hurlston claims that the former chief of police in Princeton, Texas—who currently holds that role in the Austin suburb of Kyle—and several of his fellow officers harassed him while the chief had an affair with his wife. 

The Daily Post |
December 3, 2013

HPD Responds to Accusations that They Detained a White Girl for Traveling with Two Black Men

13-year-old Landry Thompson, from Tulsa, was on a trip to Houston with her dance instructor, 29-year-old Emmanuel Hurd, and her dance partner, 22-year-old Josiah Kelly, to tape a dance video at Houston's Planet Funk Studio. When police saw the three of them parked in a gas station lot, they had

The Daily Post |
November 14, 2013

Sabine County Sheriff Called Off Search For a Missing African-American Father Whose Clothes Were Found in a Field (UPDATE)

Last Thursday, 28-year-old Alfred Wright went missing after his car overheated. His shirts, pants, keys, and watch were found in a pasture—but the Sabine County Sheriff's Office called off the search on Monday, saying that there's "no evidence in this investigation that leads authorities to believe that there is foul

Business |
November 8, 2013

This Story About A San Antonio Stripper/Accused Murderer Is Nuts

John William Snavely was recruited into the world of gay porn from the stage at a strip club in San Antonio. As the Houston Press story details in a story about his second career in Miami, where he's now in jail on murder charges, that is a dark world to enter.

The Daily Post |
October 24, 2013

State Fire Marshal Attempts To Get Arson Evidence Reviewed; West Texas DA Attempts To Stop Him

Cameron Todd Willingham became famous in death after the arson science used to convict him of murder and send him to death row wasdebunked. The debunking came in 2009 when the Texas Forensic Science Commission investigation concluded that “a finding of arson could not be sustained” in his

The Daily Post |
October 8, 2013

What Running Out of Pentobarbital Means For Texas

According to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press, Texas is down to its last eight vials of the lethal injection drug pentobarbital—and the Houston-area "compounding pharmacy" that made them wants them back. What happens when the state runs out? 

The Daily Post |
September 24, 2013

John Cornyn’s Quest To End “Murderabilia”

Senator John Cornyn has tried three times in seven years to pass a law outlawing the sale of "murderabilia," or memorabilia connected to famous criminals—will tying his latest attempt to the sale of a letter by Nidal Hasan help him finally get it through?