In Wyatt McSpadden’s book Texas BBQ from 2009 there are two evocative early-morning photos of the tall smokestack at Mack’s Split Rail Bar-B-Que in Mineola. Other than these photos, I hadn’t seen or heard much about the place and wondered if maybe it had closed. On a trip to Tyler…
Eight years ago Margie Cantrell pushed law enforcement to investigate allegations of abuse by a group of adults in Mineola. Seven people were convicted of child sexual abuse, and the scandal rocked East Texas. Now, two of those same children are alleging Cantrell physically abused them.
New trials for two of the Mineola Swinger's Club defendants.
The “Mineola Swingers Club” cases come to a disgraceful end.
Another defendant in the Mineola child sex ring crimes is found guilty.
The Mineola child sex ring scandal keeps getting weirder.
The Texas attorney general takes a second look at the Mineola child sex ring cases.
The wheels of justice (or injustice) continue to turn in the shockingly bizarre Mineola swingers club case.
Was the quaint East Texas town of Mineola home to a horrific child sex ring? Were the three people sent to prison last year for running it guilty? Was justice served? Depends on which district attorney you ask.
When adults are accused of unthinkable crimes against children, what’s fact and what’s fiction can get lost in translation.