James Byrd, Jr.

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    5 Texas Murderabilia Items: Charles Whitman's Gun Isn't Even the Creepiest Thing on the List

    People are oddly fascinated with horrible happenings. We get it. Some want to see the evidence and make contact with people who perpetrated the crimes. But it's still stunning to see the gun Charles Whitman used at the University of Texas Tower shootings up for auction. That is, until we saw all of ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    A James Byrd Jr. Memorial Playlist

    We all know the reason Jasper, Texas is famous... Butterflies! Oh wait, no, sorry. That's from Bizarro World, where the answer isn't "hate crimes and murder." It's one of those East Texas towns, like Vidor, that the rest of the state keeps waiting for someone to make a horror movie about. Barring th ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Rodney Pearson: Jasper's First Black Police Chief (Now Former Chief) Sues City

    The first black police chief in Jasper, Texas -- the East Texas hamlet best known for the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. -- didn't last long. In fact, according to the federal lawsuit he just filed against city officials, and the city itself, he was forced out of his job by a not-very-sophisticat ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Charles Cannon, Two Others Guilty in Hate-Crime Beating of Black Man at Bus Stop

    A Houston federal jury has convicted three men on hate-crime charges for beating up a random black man at a downtown bus stop. Charles Cannon, 26, Michael McLaughlin, 40, and Brian Kerstetter, 32 were convicted under the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act; a fourth man saw his case dismissed ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Jasper's Hidden Past: Terrific Vintage Photos of Black Life

    Alonzo Jordan/Texas African-American Photo Archive​The New York Times has a great slideshow up now called "The Hidden Half of an East Texas Town" featuring photos of black life in Jasper back in the pre-Civil Rights era. They come from a new exhibit at the International Center for Photography ... More >>

  • News

    December 9, 2010

    Montrose Murder

    Paul Broussard's killer, up for parole, may not be model prisoner.

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    June 8, 2010

    The Murderabilia Controversy: Does Tupac Count?

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducingliston@ ... More >>

  • News

    October 21, 1999

    Punks, Jocks and Justice

    There was a killing and now a conviction. Even those can't stop the fierce war raging between the Panhandle punks and athletes of Amarillo.

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    June 10, 1999

    Campaign Appearances

    For Bush, the legislative session shows it's better to look good than do good

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    February 25, 1999