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The Girl on the Torture Board Speaksnew

Decades ago Rhonda Williams was attacked by Dean Corll and ordered by a judge to never speak about what happened. 40 years later she's telling the whole truth about that night and the aftermath for the first time.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  10-16-2014  |  Crime & Justice

When a Lesson Took a Dangerous Turn, a Room Full of Firefighters Couldn't Save Neal Smithnew

Neal Smith was learning to fight fires and save lives, but the lesson turned deadly when his internal temperature shot over 108 degrees and what could have saved him - a simple tub of ice water - was nowhere to be found.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  09-18-2014  |  Features

Good Investments: Teaching Texas Inmates About Business Can Turn Criminals Into CEOsnew

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program is a program turning Texas convicts in to Texas businessmen. This isn't just good for the prisoners either- it's good for the general public as well.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  08-06-2014  |  Crime & Justice

Treating a Mystery: A Cruel Disease With a Cute Namenew

Parents say their kids have something called Pandas, and it's not cute or cuddly.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  06-18-2014  |  Health

The Curious Case of African-Art Appraisal and Tax Fraudnew

Appraising collectibles and filing the correct tax forms can be a tricky business, as convicted tax cheat Sulayman Jarra well knows.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  05-08-2014  |  Art

A Right-Wing Medical Board Battlenew

Right-wing physicians claim the Texas Medical Board doesn't play fair. The result was a six year court case and damaged reputations.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  03-27-2014  |  Health

Violent Threat on Facebook Lands Young Man in Jail, and Limbonew

Justin Carter said he would "shoot up a kindergarten," but is that a "terroristic threat" according to Texas law?
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  02-14-2014  |  Crime & Justice

Beer and Bloodnew

Earlier this year, craft beer distributor Ashley "Ash" Rowell was killed in his Houston home. His mother believes she knows who did it, but the cops are being tight-lipped about the investigation. She wants to know why.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  12-27-2013  |  Crime & Justice

Foster Families, Rape, and Accountabilitynew

Why is it that no one seems to be responsible when a 13-year-old in state care says she's been raped?
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  10-17-2013  |  Crime & Justice

Happy Trails? The Battle Over a Bike Pathnew

Everyone agrees that bike paths are great, except for one man who spent a decade trying to protect an AIDS garden.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  08-15-2013  |  Housing & Development

Double Lives, Extortion and the Suicide of a Respected Professornew

A respected Texas A&M professor with secrets to hide commits suicide and implicates his alleged blackmailer in a case where no one was really who he or she seemed to be.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  06-20-2013  |  Crime & Justice

Open Season for Animal Abuse Videosnew

Ashley Nicole Richards, who filmed herself torturing and killing kittens, puppies, cats and dogs, was the first person brought up on revised federal crush-video charges -- which backfired magnificently.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  05-17-2013  |  Crime & Justice

Police Protection: Speeding While Silentnew

Houston Police Department policies governing lights, high speeds and sirens are supposedly there to safeguard the public. Tell that to Mattie Etubom.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  04-10-2013  |  Crime & Justice

Breaking Bad: Digital Drug Sales, Analog Drug Deathsnew

The feds and a prosecutor say a Houston company selling synthetic drugs on the Internet is responsible for the deaths of teenagers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  03-14-2013  |  Drugs

Jonestown's Medicine Mannew

A young Houston physician designed a lethal cocktail that killed more than 900 men, women, children and babies at a place that was supposed to be a paradise but is better known as Jonestown.
Houston Press  |  Craig Malisow  |  01-30-2013  |  History

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