Farewell to a Killer

A dogged detective and a Houston judge take parting shots at an old nemesis

Judge Entz continued the punishment hearing until June 1. He told Davis that if he leads prosecutors to $4 million believed to have been pocketed by Davis in the scheme, he will take that into consideration in the sentencing. Investigators say Davis may have stashed the funds in overseas accounts.

"He might give them some of it," says Bonds skeptically, "but he won't give them all of it."


Poe keeps a photo of the murdered child on his desk.
Amy Spangler
Poe keeps a photo of the murdered child on his desk.
Bonds says he has waited two decades to testify against Davis, in a case that changed Bonds's life forever.
Steve McVicker
Bonds says he has waited two decades to testify against Davis, in a case that changed Bonds's life forever.

On the flight to Dallas for the hearing, Poe and Bonds tell a reporter that in the more than two decades since the Wanstrath murders, rarely does a day go by that they don't think about the dead family, especially the slain baby. Poe keeps a picture of Kevin Wanstrath on his desk. Bonds keeps one in his mind.

"Nothing ever affected me as much as seeing that baby dead in that crib with all those stuffed animals," says Bonds solemnly.

A few minutes later the reporter reminds Bonds that the investigator had asked the newsman to tell his old nemesis hello for him. And the reporter, when he surprised Davis in Dallas, had done just that. Bonds laughs.

"And now I get to tell him good-bye," says Bonds, grinning at the thought. A good-bye, though, doesn't mean closure.

"The guy is a natural-born criminal, and he will never pay his debt unless he dies in prison," says the detective. "[Testifying] gives me some satisfaction. But I don't think I'll have closure until one of us dies."

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