Four of the spookiest true tales in our city's history
After my editor assigned me to write up a collection of some of Houston's creepiest tales for this week's cover story Houston Babylon, I took to Facebook for some group-sourcing of ideas and leads. That thread ballooned into an 158-post beast. Far too many good stories came in for me to include them ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Why Casey Anthony Should Come to Houston
Casey Anthony: A Houston type of gal?Casey Anthony, who according to a jury most definitely DID NOT murder her daughter Caylee, is a free woman. No one seems to be sure where she's headed, but at one point rumors were saying she'd come to Texas. We think she should, especially Houston. We a ... More >>
Photo courtesy HCSOAn expert on postpartum depression tells us Modarresi may not have known right from wrongâ€‹Many observers believe that attorney George Parnham is planning an insanity defense for Narjes Modarresi, the 28-year-old mother accused of burying alive her two-year-old son Masih Golabba ... More >>
In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.
Austin exports 20 artists and installations for a show at DiverseWorks.
Photo by normanackIn a surprisingly civilized and advanced move for our great state, local Texas House Democrats Jessica Farrar and Garnet Coleman co-authored and introduced a bill that would make post-partum psychosis a possible legal defense in trials of women who kill their children. Under the te ... More >>
Even though Alexander Hatcher is bipolar and schizophrenic, he wasn't given his meds for his first three months in jail. He got in fights with the guards. Now he's sentenced to prison for a long, long time.
This play's creepiness slithers through a weak theatrical adaptation
Five years after she gave her kiddos the most thorough bath of their lives, Andrea "I'm With Stupid" Yates has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. You know, as opposed to all those other lucid moms who kill their kids. Proving its total omnipotence, it was an episode of Law&Order that brou ... More >>
Our solution for saving Texas's claim to capital punishment fame
A justice surprises critics by reversing the Yates verdict
A mother sets out to save her children, by killing them. Texas usually jails such women, but that may be changing.
Clara Harris argues that Justice Nuchia, the ex-chief of police, has never met a conviction he didn't like
The wild ride of the teen who became a front-seat witness to her father's killing
Carlton Stowers plumbs the depths of depravity in the Lone Star State in Death in a Texas Desert
Suzanne O’Malley authors a countdown to tragedy
Films that look at madness in the eyes of the law
Texas prisons start barring book authors from inmate interviews
From the issue of Thursday, August 7, 2003
Recent debacles demonstrate why District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal needs more than a moustache to match the legacy of Johnny Holmes
Tamalalia goes West
Did the Devereux Treatment Center provide the care Cecilia Garrett needed or did it drive the young teenager to her death?
Just who is a victim? After flexing its muscles to reform the justice system, the victims rights movement suffers growing pains over divisive issues.
Houston's Image Problems, Part LCXVII
Plus: Leaf Them Alone, Thais to Houston, Culture Stock
Yates isn't dying to prove the equity of Harris County executions
Yates trial judge makes a captive audience of the media
A loving mother drowned her children. It's hard to believe no one could stop her.
It's rerun time with the Chronicle's Enron coverage
The El Orbits' David Beebe comes back from the near-dead
Houston headed toward hard times: sports flops, floods and transit duds. If only city fathers could find a proven leader, an energy executive with a KEN-do attitude.
Don't Fault CPS, Skirting the Issue, Bearing Witness
Consuming Hate, Best and the Rest, Percentile Envy
Hospital district officials wanted a simple one-sentence policy on immigrant health care. What they got instead was a criminal probe and plenty of politics.
A CPS worker says the agency erred by ignoring an earlier report on Andrea Yates
Filling the Gulf, Anime Alert, Harsh on Harsh
Red flags go up around Russell Yates