Texas Monthly

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The Guardians Who Slumbereth Not

Mel and Norma Gabler of Longview, Texas, want to tell your children what to learn in school.

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The Lost Girls

Inside the world of underground sex trafficking in Houston.

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A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit

The rise and murderous fall of the Harkey family, the scions of a pecan dynasty.

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Man on Fire

The life of Reverend Charles Moore, who died by self-immolation in the parking lot of a Texas strip mall.

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A Shooting on Spring Grove Avenue

The mystery of a death in Dallas.

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Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives

Inside the political battle over reproductive rights in Texas.

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The Witness

A profile of Michelle Lyons, who viewed 278 executions as both a local reporter and a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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Candy

A profile of Candy Barr—porn star pioneer, burlesque legend, Texas folk hero.

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The Endless Odyssey of Patrick Henry Polk

Navigating the bureaucratic welfare maze while raising a family.

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They Came. They Sawed.

In Austin in 1973, politicos and hippies could get together and create violent, visionary horror films for $60,000. So they did. The story of how The Texas Chainsaw Massacre got made.

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“I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family”

Scott Catt was a single dad trying to make ends meet, so he started robbing banks. Then he needed accomplices, so he asked his kids.

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Midnight in the Garden of East Texas

A charming assistant funeral home director named Bernie Tiede murders a wealthy widow, keeps her in a freezer for months, finally gets caught, and still has the town's sympathy as his case goes to trial. The story that became Richard Linklater's Bernie.

Update: Tiede was convicted and spent 15 years behind bars before being released this week on the condition that he live in Linklater's garage.