Murder and Homicide

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Harris County Was One of the Deadliest Places for Women in 2013

    In case you need another bit of horrible news, the folks over at Texas Council on Family Violence kicked off the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month by releasing a report on women murdered by domestic violence. The annual report, based on data gathered and confirmed through law enforcement, d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    85-Year-Old Woman, aka "No Soul", Pleads Guilty to Ordering Hit on Prosecutors

    Dorothy Clark Canfield might look like your grandmother, but in lockup she had an ominous nickname: "No Soul." Canfield, 85, apparently picked up the moniker after being jailed in Montgomery County in 2012 on charges that she swindled undocumented immigrants out of $100,000 after posing as an immi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Suspected Stay Family Killer Awaits Psychiatric Evaluation

    Ronald Lee Haskell, who allegedly killed six former in-laws in Spring, Texas, stayed out of sight for Monday's status meeting between his attorney and the prosecutor, the Chron reports. In his last court appearance on July 11, Haskell dramatically collapsed upon hearing the charges against him. Ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Sheriff Hoping Big Reward and Billboards Will Lead to Answers in Family Murder

    WHO KILLED THE SUN FAMILY? $70,000 REWARD. You'll be seeing that on billboards in the Houston area and in other parts of the state since investigators still can't tell us what happened to a Cypress family found murdered inside their Fosters Creek Drive home. While the shock from the murder has su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Why Is Ray Lewis Worshipped and Barry Bonds Vilified?

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced last week that he was retiring from football. ESPN immediately signed him to a contract to become one of their analysts on their nearly unwatchable pre and post-game shows. Commentators, many of whom appear to have never seen Lawrence Taylor play, stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Cameron Dorsey Confesses to Murdering His Aunt and Great-Grandfather, Police Say: Bayou Body Count No. 196 & 197

    A 20-year-old Houston man has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the deaths of his great-grandfather and his aunt on Thursday, November 8. Cameron Gerald Dorsey is charged in the deaths of Clements Vincent Dorsey, 89, and Barbara Ann Dorsey Alexander, 61, whose bodies were discovered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Kirk Pierre Rhodes, 34, Arrested in Fatal Shooting of 53-year-old Man: Bayou Body Count No. 193

    Murder charges are pending against a 34-year-old man in the fatal shooting of another man, Houston police report. Kirk Pierre Rhodes was arrested following the shooting at 6013 Schroeder about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 7. The identity of the male victim, 53, was being withheld pending notif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Manuel Ignacio Iracheta, 20, Stabbed in Roadside Fight, Bayou Body Count No. 159

    A deadly assault has resulted in murder charges after a roadside stabbing shortly before midnight September 9, police say. Manuel Ignacio Iracheta, 20, was killed in the 8000 block of the North Freeway after an altercation grew violent, HPD says. Octavio Daniel Figueroa, 23, has been charged with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Unidentified Male Fished Out Of Bayou, Bayou Body Count No. 157

    Homicide investigators are looking into the death of a man whose body was fished out of a northwest side bayou Sunday afternoon. An autopsy will be performed to determine both the cause of death and the identity of the victim, police say. The body was discovered near the 7000 block of Antoine abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Unidentified Stabbing Victim, Bayou Body Count No. 155

    A man was stabbed to death in an apparent robbery attempt on the west side shortly after midnight Sunday, Houston police say. HPD responded Sunday to a "man down" call about 12:10 a.m. at the 8600 block of Beechnut near South Gessner. The victim was found suffering from several stab wounds and was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Shonda Alexander, Killed In 2004: Sheriff's Cold-Case Squad Racks Up Another Arrest

    Troy McWhorter was scheduled to be released from prison next month after serving time for theft, but now he faces murder charges in a 2004 case brought by the Harris County Sheriff's Office cold-case squad. HCSO investigators say McWhorter's DNA matches that found on the abandoned body of Shonda Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Timothy Briscoe, 23: Dead Body Ignored In Alleged Drug House For Four Hours; Bayou Body Count No. 146

    Police says drug activity might be connected with the August 28 fatal shooting of a man on the northwest side of town. Katy resident Timothy Briscoe, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 10200 block of Bamboo Road about 5 p.m. that afternoon, inside a residence police say is "known for drug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Gabriel Morales, 55, Bayou Body Count No. 142

    A man walking home on the northwest side about 2 a.m. this morning was shot to death by an unknown assailant, Houston police say. Gabriel Morales, 55, was walking home along the 5800 block of West Tidwell about 1:50 a.m. when someone approached him, shot him and left him for dead on the sidewalk, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Nathaniel Jackson, 44, Allegedly Shot By Wife In Argument Over 22-Year-Old Daughter, Bayou Body Count No. 133

    A northwest-side woman has been charged with murder in the killing of her husband Saturday night, police say. Dedra Jackson , 46, got into an argument with her 22-year-old daughter about 7: 40 p.m. Satuday in an apartment in the 1500 block of Big Bend, HPD says. The argument "then escalated into a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Bryan 0. Kossie, 23, Charged With Murdering Byron Reado, 29

    A murder case that began with scant information has ended with an arrest a month later, Houston police say. Bryan 0. Kossie, 23, has been charged with murder in the June 9 killing of Byron Reado, 29, near the South Loop and Cullen Boulevard. Cops say the were dispatched to an apartment complex at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Unidentified Man Found Stabbed to Death: Bayou Body Count No. 114

    Houston police are investigating the stabbing death of a man that occurred Friday afternoon. The identity of the victim, who was found face down at a residence at 10751 Corona Lane about 4:30 p.m. on July 27, is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Corie Doyle Shot Dead in Driveway Attack: Bayou Body Count No. 112

    A 29-year-old man was shot to death about 6 p.m. Wednesday while he stood in a driveway at 5542 Shamrock, Houston police say. Corie Doyle was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead on Thursday, July 26.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Malice in Alice: Four Dead in Ongoing Gang War

    Isaac Vela probably never knew what hit him. At 3 a.m. Sunday, the young Latin King was waiting for a ride on a barely paved street in front of a ramshackle house in the scraggly South Texas town. Suddenly a Ford Escape containing five armed men belonging to the rival Raza Unida gang came roaring do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Unidentified Robber, Bayou Body Count No. 72

    One half of a robbery team was shot and killed by someone in the house they were trying to hit, Houston police said. Shortly before noon Saturday, residents came home to their northside house in the 500 block of Reid to discover their electricity was out. One went back to check the breaker box and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Dexter Gerald August, 35, Shot at Candlelight Memorial Service, Bayou Body Count No. 55

    A candlelight memorial service for a murder victim ended with an argument and a fatal shooting, police say. Some 200 to 300 people were in and around Yellowstone Park in south Houston for a memorial for Brandon Bryant, killed Tuesday. Dexter Gerald August, 35, was shot several times about 8:50 p.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Alvin Foley III, 18, Bayou Body Count No. 42

    A teen who was critically injured in a fight March 25 has died, and murder charges have been filed against another teen. Alvin Foley III, 18, was shot with two companions in the 9800 block of Club Creek about 10 p.m. that night. He was taken to Ben Taub but died. Police arrested Denzel Earl McGee, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Lavandra Stevens, 24, Killed By Boyfriend Who Calls 911 & Flees, Bayou Body Count No. 41

    Police are looking for a man they say killed his girlfriend, called 911 and then fled. Alan Erskine, 38, is charged with murder in the death of Lavandra Stevens, 24, about six in the morning Sunday in an apartment in the 4200 block of West 34th Street. Police say she suffered "unknown injuries" a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Roy W. Scott, 50, Bayou Body Count No. 10

    Man shot at transmission shop.​According to media reports, police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man found dead in an auto repair shop over the weekend. Police report Roy W. Scott, 50, of Houston was found dead at Charlie's Transmission Shop at 7012 N. Shepherd Saturday morning. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Avacu Arroyo: Second Brother Arrested In 41-Year-Old Bar Killing

    It took a while, but they got their men​They'd been on the run from murder charges for more than 40 years, but the second of two brothers wanted for a 1980 bar killing has been arrested in Chicago and extradited here. Avacu Arroyo, 60, and his brother Epifanio Jaime Arroyo, 55, "used multiple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    GLBT Hate Crime Victims Memorialized on Charles Armstrong's Property

    Montrose residents lit a candle for hate crime victims.​Last night, throngs of people bearing candles filled an empty parking lot in Montrose, just off the main gay bar drag of Pacific Street. A block or two from here, Paul Broussard was murdered in 1991. Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Donald Griffin, 28, Bayou Body Count No. 110

    "Person of interest" arrested wearing body armor​A man was shot to death in a southside apartment complex early Saturday morning, police say. A "person of interest" has been arrested after a brief SWAT stand-off in which he was found to be wearing body armor. Glenn Terrance Sherman, 28, has n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Steven Sadler, 25, Bayou Body Count No. 91

    Wesley Clark faces murder charges​Three men were talking on a porch early Saturday morning when one took out a pistol and started firing, police say. Wesley Clark, 26 has been charged with murder for killing Steven Sadler, 25, on the northwest side of town about 6 a.m. Saturday. Police Clark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Torrence Demond Haywood, 18, Bayou Body Count No. 89

    Shot to death during an argument.​An 18-year-old man was shot to death during an argument on the south side Monday, Houston police say. Torrence Demond Haywood, 18, was "involved in a verbal dispute" with another man about 11 a.m. in the 5100 block of Mallow, HPD says. The other man pulled o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Wonder Arceneaux Sam: Stabbed Nursing Home Resident to Death, HPD Says

    HPDWonder Sam has confessed, HPD says.​Last week Houston police released a security-cam picture of a smiling black woman leaving a northside nursing home where a resident had just been stabbed to death. Someone called in to Crime Stoppers with a tip, and today HPD announced the woman had been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Frank Ulysses "Frenchfry" Tiller: Texas Man Arrested for 1999 Murder of 83-Year-Old Man in Six-Dollar Robbery

    "Frenchfry": Charged with killing an elderly man taking out the garbage​Two months ago, Illinois police used a fingerprint to arrest a man for the 1988 rape of a 12-year-old girl in Orange County, Texas. In another OC-related cold case, police in Orange County last week arrested Frank Ulysses ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Ronnie Earl Brewer, 47, Bayou Body Count No. 49

    Ronnie Earl Brewer: Off-duty constable found shot to death​A deputy constable was found shot to death in his car on the north side near the Eastex Freeway early this morning, Houston police say. Ronnie Earl Brewer, 47, had been a deputy constable in Precinct 4 for a decade; the car he was dri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Antonio Ortega Carranza, 56, Bayou Body Count No. 42

    Robbery leads to fatal shooting.​A westside man was shot and killed by two robbers Tuesday night, police say. Antonio Ortega Carranza, 56, and his wife had arrived home in the 1400 block of Murrayhill Drive about 9:20 p.m. "after closing their nearby taqueria stands," HPD says. They were con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Unidentified Male, 22, Bayou Body Count No. 29

    Fatal shooting on the west side​A robbery in a westside apartment led to the death of a young man Friday night, police say. The 22-year-old victim, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of his family, was visiting friends in an apartment in the 2700 block of Briargrove, near W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Jony Josue Benitez-Lopez, 26, Bayou Body Count No. 288

    A body found dead on the northeast side​A man was found dead in the street on the northeast side Friday morning, and the police suspect foul play. A driver passing by saw a body in the road at the 5400 block of Caplin and called police. Responders found the body of Jony Josue Benites-Lopez, 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Anthony Ray Ferrell, The Good Samaritan Killer: Third Escapee From His Halfway House In 20 Months

    Photo courtesy HPD Victim Sam Irick and his alleged killer Anthony Ray Ferrell​The man charged with killing a Good Samaritan during a purse-snatching is the third person to escape the same state-contracted halfway house in the last 20 months.Anthony Ray Ferrell had fled a "halfway house in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Edward Gutierrez: 31 Years Later, Confesses To Murder

    Photo courtesy HCSOEdward Gutierrez finally confesses​When Santiago Conale, 23, was found stabbed to death back in 1979, investigators interrogated Edward Gutierrez.They didn't press any charges against him, though, so he must have had a convincing alibi.Thirty-one years later, members of the Harr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Killing Fields North? Montgomery County Detective Looks Anew Into '80s Cases of Five Slain Women

    Montogomery County might have had a serial killer 20 years ago​A Montgomery County detective has detected a possible pattern in five murders committed between 1980 and 1983. All of the victims were young women from blue-collar backgrounds, and all were found dumped along major roadways. "That's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Andre Sloan: Sheriff's Office Says It's Cracked 20-Year-Old Murder Case

    Photo courtesy HCSOAndre Sloan: Charged with a 1990 murder​The Harris County Sheriff's Office used DNA evidence to crack a cold case and file murder charges against Andre Sloan in a 20-year-old killing, officials said today.Finding Sloan, 48, won't be too difficult: He's currently serving a life s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Unidentified Female, Bayou Body Count No. 161

    An arrest, but not many answers yet​A man has confessed to killing a woman whose decomposed body was found on the north side Friday evening.Ruben Escobedo Juarez, 41, has been charged with murder in the case of the unidentified female, believed to be between 40 and 50 years old. Her remains were d ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2008

    InPrint Studio Series: Karen Shepard and Cate Marvin

    These two UH Creative Writing Program grads read from their latest books

  • Calendar

    July 24, 2008

    Robert Crais

    Did everything go horribly, horribly wrong in Chasing Darkness?

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2008

    12 Angry Men

    The jury’s in on this theater classic

  • Calendar

    July 5, 2007

    Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile”

    A girl-kills-boy tale for summer

  • Culture

    October 14, 2004

    Crime: Nothing

    Six people freed from death row tell tales of injustice in The Exonerated

  • News

    October 14, 2004

    Parts Unknown

    Did Donnie Riley kill Tarron Dixon, or was he shooting at someone else in a different Houston neighborhood that night 13 years ago?

  • News

    July 29, 2004

    The Killer Next Door

    He left clues all over, but it still took investigators years to unmask the serial murderer in their midst

  • News

    April 13, 2000

    Line Of Defense

    Despite a troubled Houston past, attorney Catherine Mehaffey Shelton says she's no killer

  • News

    August 19, 1999

    Approaching Death At The County Morgue

    For three years as Harris County's chief medical examiner, Dr. Joye Carter has been haunted by controversy. Can she survive?

  • News

    May 13, 1999

    Coming to No Good End

    Undertaker Jay Herman shot his lover, Edwina Prosen, to death in 1991. That's the only thing he and her family have agreed on since.

  • News

    January 9, 1997


    The medical examiner's controversial DNA expert is fired... for doing her job

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