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Pamela Colloff

12 articles

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.


The Guilty Man

Twenty-six years after he was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife, Michael Morton sees the real killer brought to justice in a Texas courthouse.


Lip Shtick

Adventures in the cosmetics department of a Neiman Marcus in Dallas.


96 Minutes

An oral history of the University of Texas Tower massacre.


Hannah and Andrew

In October 2006 a four-year-old from Corpus Christi named Andrew Burd died mysteriously of salt poisoning. His foster mother, Hannah Overton, was charged with capital murder, vilified from all quarters, and sent to prison for life. But was this churchgoing young woman a vicious child killer? Or had the tragedy claimed its second victim?


Unholy Act

A former priest becomes the prime suspect in the 1960 murder of a Texas beauty queen.


A Kiss Before Dying

Odessa High School students know her as “Betty,” a ghost that haunts the auditorium at night.  But few know much about the real Betty, whose 1961 murder was “the most sensational crime in West Texas in its day.”


Church Burners

Early last year, 10 churches were torched in East Texas. The culprits? Two Baptist teens having a crisis of faith.


Flesh and Blood

Why did a small-town girl have her family brutally murdered?


Innocence Lost

In 1992, Anthony Graves was arrested for brutally murdering a family in the middle of night. He had no motive. There was no physical evidence. The only witness recanted. And yet Graves remains behind bars.