Skip Hollandsworth

19 articles
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The Gang’s All Here

The Bandidos, Texas’s biggest motorcycle gang, say goodbye to one of their own.

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A Deadly Dance

A doctor loses the woman of his dreams and hires a broke friend to help get her back. The plan is to prank her new boyfriend. Today, they’re in jail for murder.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Skip Hollandsworth
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A Shooting on Spring Grove Avenue

The mystery of a death in Dallas.

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The Black Widow

Sandra Bridewell, a Dallas socialite, and the people around her who keep dying.

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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.

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Honor Thy Father

Lance Butterfield was the captain of the football team, had a 4.0 GPA and a girl he loved. It wasn’t enough for his dad. And then his dad became too much for him.
Part of our guide to Skip Hollandsworth's true crime writing at Slate.

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Sex, Lies, and Hit Men!

A Houston man allegedly tries to hire several hit men to kill his wife. Each fails miserably. It becomes the talk of the town.

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Hi, Society!

A profile of legendary Houston socialite Becca Cason Thrash.

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“If the Serial Killer Gets Us, He Gets Us”

Houston detectives investigate a series of brutal assaults on prostitutes in the Acres Homes section of the city. They thought they were after one man; it turns out they were wrong.

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The Day Treva Throneberry Disappeared

A high school student disappears, only to turn up more than 10 years later – posing as a high school student.

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Capital Murder

The coldest of cases: During 1884-85, seven women and one man were brutally murdered in Austin, Texas.