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Into the Pines: Jeffrey Holliman's Strange East Texas Survival Tale

Taz and Kiki knew that trouble was coming from the woods. The two guard dogs—the first a puggle, the other what her owner calls a “chachaweenie”—were small and easily…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 5, 2014
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6235 words)

We Are Disposable

Alan Pogue Rosa Moreno with her children. It was Saturday night, and, as usual, Rosa Moreno was getting ready to work the night shift at the factory. On this night, Feb. 19, 2011, she couldn’t…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 4, 2013
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5470 words)
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Searching for Souls in Wells, Texas

“I never took eternity seriously again until we moved down to Wells, Texas.” —Carolyn Wiegand, 11-year-old member of the Church of Wells Gertrude Hearne’s front porch…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 26, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2920 words)

The Recanters: What Happens When Child Abuse Claims Come Undone?

One morning in late 1986, Beverly Troupe approached her mother and said she felt a burning sensation when she urinated. This wasn’t the first time. LaVern Troupe had taken her 8-year-old…
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5473 words)

Waste Land: Frio County Struggles with Fracking’s Leftovers

On a gravel road in rural Frio County, sheriff’s deputies are doing something they never thought they would—enforcing state environmental laws in the oilpatch. The truck drivers they…
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1565 words)

Rescue Dogs: Searching the Aftermath of Catastrophe

When Mike Hargrove arrived in West, it was still dark, but he could clearly see the walls at the back of the apartment building were gone. They had been destroyed by the force of the explosion at a…
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2358 words)
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Police Brutality In Houston Goes Unpunished - The Texas Observer

Darcy Muenchrath This story is the second in a two-part investigation into lack of accountability in the Houston Police Department. Read part one, “Crimes Unpunished,” originally…
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5746 words)

Anatomy of a Tragedy

In late 2010, Dr. Christopher Duntsch came to Dallas to start a neurosurgery practice. By the time the Texas Medical Board revoked his license in June 2013, Duntsch had left two patients dead and…
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5665 words)
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Gangs of Old San Antonio

They shot Black Diamond between the eyes a few weeks before Christmas, 1957, as he sat in a car outside a corner store. In death, he became a legend on San Antonio’s West Side, a…
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1604 words)