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The Reckoning

On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman entered the University of Texas at Austin’s Main Building. Armed with a number of rifles, he proceeded to kill 14 people and wound 32. Among them was a pregnant Claire Wilson.

A Murder in Waurika

Two reports, twelve years apart, on the killing of a high school cheerleader in a small Oklahoma town and its aftermath.

  1. How the body of 16-year-old Heather Rich ended up in Belknap Creek and how the cops found the boys who put it there.

  2. [sub req'd] More than fifteen years after prosecuting Rich's killers, a district attorney has second thoughts about one of the defendants.

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?

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.”