Buc-ee’s: The Path to World Domination

A Texas-proud pit stop that’s really more of a travel center that’s really more of a flawless oasis, Buc-ee’s — the nirvana of convenience stores, honored triply nationwide for having the cleanest bathrooms and the most gas pumps and the best food — might just be the Disneyland of American rest stops. But will Georgians and Floridians love it as much as Texans do?

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Mar 1, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,100 words)

The Love Story that Upended the Texas Prison System

How Frances Jalet, one of the first women to graduate from Columbia Law School, and Fred Cruz, the first inmate to write a lawsuit on toilet paper that went all the way to the Supreme Court, teamed up to take on the Texas Department of Corrections for unconstitutional punishments and brutality.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Oct 11, 2018
Length: 66 minutes (16,500 words)

‘Dallas’ at 40: The Inside Story Behind the Show That Changed Texas Forever

The definitive oral history of a timeless TV series.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Oct 1, 2018
Length: 38 minutes (9,662 words)

The Cartel Next Door

Inside the $1 million plot to execute—in broad daylight—the attorney of a Mexican cartel boss, and the subsequent investigation, which ranged from south of the border to Florida and Texas, to solve the murder.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Sep 21, 2018
Length: 32 minutes (8,038 words)

The Blaze Foley Biopic, Through the Eyes of His Greatest Muse

“Nearly thirty years after he died in relative obscurity, songwriter Blaze Foley is on the verge of newfound fame thanks to an Ethan Hawke–directed biopic. In a series of dispatches from her time on set, Sybil Rosen, widely known as Foley’s muse, ponders the widening divide between the man and the legend.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,977 words)

Who’s Killing Buck Birdsong’s Cows?

Someone poisoned eighteen of the Birdsong family’s calves in the past four years by feeding them a mysterious grain. But who? And why? Texas Monthly writer-at-large Leif Reigstad digs into a confounding true-crime cold case with no leads, no motive, no patterns, and no suspects.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Aug 24, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,317 words)

Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide

Can a man be convicted of second-degree murder for building a water slide? Where’s the line between thrill-seeking and willful negligence? After indictments following the death of 10-year old Caleb Schwab on the “Verrückt” slide at Schlitterbahn water park, we’re going to find out.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jul 20, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,450 words)

The Jackie Robinson of Rodeo

Christian Wallace profiles Myrtis Dightman, the first black cowboy to qualify for the Professional Rodeo Association National Finals.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jun 22, 2018
Length: 35 minutes (8,866 words)

The Doting Father Who Robbed Armored Cars

Federal authorities struggled to identify the team of violent criminals who were robbing armored cars in Houston, Texas. When they finally got their break, the news shocked some local people, and not everyone believes it.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Apr 1, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,475 words)

What We Lost in Austin Bombing Victim Draylen Mason

Draylen Mason was more than good at everything he did, he was brilliant. He was a musical prodigy who wanted to be a neurosurgeon, and just days after he died, he was accepted to Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At Texas Monthly, Michael Hall tries to make sense of a senseless death.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Apr 12, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,800 words)