• Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    HPD Investigating Victims' Crime Advocate Andy Kahan

    The Houston Police Department is investigating how the city's crime victims' advocate obtained a prisoner's confidential disciplinary record and used the information to try to thwart the prisoner's parole. KTRK's Ted Oberg has been kicking all kinds of ass over Andy Kahan's alleged misconduct, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Lesley Pehrigo: Prison For Indeceny With Four-Year-Old Boy In 1999; Gets Out & Violates Parole By Having Contact With Him

    Lesley Pehrigo's career as a sex offender seems odd and details are sketchy. But if online records are correct, she went to prison for indecency with a child -- a four-year-old child. The incident, of which there aren't many details handy, happened in 1999. She did her time and got out. On Friday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Jason Hales, Convicted Sex Offender, Busted for Pot Growing Room in House

    Comedian Damon Wayans once said, "I have a friend in jail for something he didn't do. He didn't run fast enough." But, the reality is so many criminals get busted not for an inability to escape, but because they do really stupid things. Take the case of Jason Hales, a convicted sex offender living ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Bennie Ray Dupnik Jr., Infamous 1970s Port Aransas Murderer, Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

    The paroled murderer of the owner of a famous, long-lived Texas Gulf Coast beer joint is dead, apparently at his own hand after killing his girlfriend in their Victoria apartment. 51-year-old Bennie Ray Dupnik Jr. and 44-year-old Sandra Rivera were discovered by Rivera's sons. Rivera had been stab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Harold Lewis Bacon, 64, Killed by Girlfriend, Who Then Stayed with Body for Nine Hours, Bayou Body Count No. 20

    Photo by HPDLinda Dorsey, arrested again​Linda Darnice Dorsey, a 55-year-old woman who had been paroled for an earlier murder, shot her 64-year-old boyfriend and then stayed with the body for nine hours before calling police, police say. Harold Lewis Bacon had come to Dorsey's apartment in no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Person of Interest: "No 'Legacy' Is So Rich As Honesty"

    That's Shakespeare, homes. Though, as it turns out, not really applicable to last night's episode at all. In passing along one of the Machine's numbers last week, Mr. Finch effectively showed Detective Carter his hand. And by thwarting Watson in his attempted murder, Carter did a good job playing i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Clifton Grasham-Reeves and Kaci Pomerenke: A Tale of Two Texas Sex Cases

    Is the Texas justice system simply a crapshoot? Is there still an enormous double standard when it comes to sex crimes? Or has Jerry Sandusky cast a huge shadow over future sentences for all those convicted of sex crimes against children? A while back we introduced you to the tale of Clifton Grash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Jon Buice: Parole Reversed for Gay Basher

    Jon Buice stays in prison.​Jon Buice, who had been awarded a controversial parole after serving time for his role in the gay-bashing death of Paul Broussard, will not be a free man after all. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles today reversed its earlier decision granting Buice parole in l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    GEO: Private-Prison Company Somehow Keeps Getting Contracts In Texas

    Illustration by Keri RosebraughA look into private prisons​When Arthur William Brown left his Houston halfway house December 15, he did the usual: he signed the check-out form that residents of the facility have to sign whenever they leave the premises for the day. Only on that day, Brown ... More >>

  • News

    December 9, 2010

    Montrose Murder

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

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Top 5 Rapper "Secret" Identities

    Rocks Off wonders what hip-hop would look like if rappers were true to who they really are, or should we say... who they were. Perhaps it would look like the video "Swagger Wagon," by The Sienna Family, the latest Internet phenomenon that has amassed 2.4 million hits in less than a month. Those G's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Most Menacing Fugitive Ever On The Loose In Area: Really, Don't Try To Apprehend This Dude On Your Own

    Photo from Montgomery County SO‚ÄčA lot of times when you read a report about a fugitive, that part about how "the subject should be considered armed and dangerous: do not attempt to apprehend" seems like a mere formality. That is decidedly not the case when it comes to 41-year-old Montgomery County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Houston's Child-Porn-Lovin' Attorney Arrested Again

    Man, the Christmas season really blows for disbarred attorney Tom Zaratti.First, on Christmas Eve 2003, he was arrested for possession of child pornography, which ultimately led to a ten-year, $10,000 sentence. But while fortune smiled in the form of early parole, the anti-Christmas spirit came back ... More >>

  • News

    December 4, 2008

    Crime Doesn’t Pay(back): A Houston Press Special Report on Court-Ordered Restitutions in Texas

    More than 90 percent of Texas parolees walk away without paying off what the state ordered them to.

  • News

    March 27, 2008

    Former Death-Row Inmate Sent Back to Prison

    Martin Draughon returns to the clink after becoming a test case for alleged flaws in GPS monitoring devices

  • News

    February 24, 2005

    Ill Will

    A parolee fights leukemia -- and the constraints of ankle monitors

  • News

    January 20, 2005

    No Way Out

    How can homeless sex offenders comply with the registration laws?

  • 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

    September 18, 2003

    Doing Time

    With JC in the TDCJ

  • News

    August 7, 2003

    Jail Hell

    Even as inmate James Mitchell was dying, Montgomery County told his relatives he'd be fine

  • News

    June 12, 2003

    Penned In

    Almost nobody -- not even the trial judge or the victim -- thinks John Michael Harvey molested a child. So why's he still serving 40 years in prison?

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    On the Mark

    Plus: Equal Justice, Downtown SUV Alert, Needle Points

  • News

    October 3, 2002

    About the Author

    Can a former inmate write about victims' issues?

  • News

    October 3, 2002

    Justice for Some

    Just who is a victim? After flexing its muscles to reform the justice system, the victims’ rights movement suffers growing pains over divisive issues.

  • News

    August 22, 2002

    Hard on the Yard

    A law leaves some sex offenders banned from their own attorneys' offices

  • Music

    August 8, 2002

    Baby, You're a Star

    Simpleton is Houston's best hope for the next big thing

  • Music

    June 20, 2002

    In Search of Lost Time

    Robert Conran jumped from the frying pan and into the fire. Then they turned up the heat.

  • News

    May 24, 2001


    Thousands of inmates rely annually on a capricious parole board for their freedom. Most, like George Dismukes, return to their cells without ever knowing why they were denied.

  • News

    March 29, 2001

    Captive Emotions

    Reagan Hamilton goes into Texas jails and tells inmates they better stay in touch with their kids. Her sadly powerful message has sparked some successes. Too bad they don't include her own father.

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    From Cells to Souls

    Chuck Colson and his evangelical Christians team up with a local prison for a divine intervention program

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Codes of Silence

    In prison, getting involved can mean permanent isolation

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    Waldhauser Watch

    A story about the new life and old ways of a notorious killer spurs indictments and national coverage

  • News

    September 30, 1999

    Cell Phones

    Not even prison officials can silence the irrepressible King of Con

  • News

    June 24, 1999

    Killer On The Loose

    Was Walter Waldhauser/ Michael Davis tipped about his latest arrest warrants?

  • News

    February 11, 1999

    When the Circus Comes To Town

    And the stars of the show end up dead

  • News

    January 21, 1999
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    January 14, 1999
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    December 24, 1998

    Merry Xmas, Mr. Waldhauser

    A hearing officer finds that a convicted killer did not violate parole

  • Film

    December 3, 1998

    Awe That's Eel

    A troubled woman and an ex-convict create a compelling Asian film

  • News

    November 19, 1998

    A Killer By Any Other Name

    Walt Waldhauser who became Michael Lee Davis may be headed back to prison

  • News

    November 5, 1998

    Fugitive Justice

    Gary Robert Williams's violent career began spectacularly 29 years ago. This is the story of how one determined U.S. marshal brought it to an end.

  • News

    June 11, 1998

    The Special Needs of Frank Gonzales Jr.

    The Texas parole board let him out to die; instead, he got involved in a killing.

  • News

    May 14, 1998

    The Further Adventures of King Con

    Yet again, Steven Russell bluffed his way out of prison. And yet again, he got caught.

  • News

    October 30, 1997

    Captive of Fantasy

    A paroled sex offender is sent back to jail -- for trying to please his therapist

  • News

    February 6, 1997

    King Con

    Steven Russell can bluff his way out of anything -- even prison. so why can't he stay out of jail?

  • News

    January 18, 1996

    In the Child's Best Interest

    A legal technicality sent Donnie and DeAnne Fitts to a Houston court seeking to adopt Justin and Jacob Baker - again. Twelve jurors agreed that outcome would be the best for the children. Judge Bill Henderson didn't quite see it that way.

  • News

    May 4, 1995

    The Law East of Downtown

    With his army of volunteer deputies, Victor Trevino is Harris County's most innovative and open lawman. But his sharp tongue hasn't endeared him to other politicians. And some wonder if all his power has gone to his head.

  • News

    November 10, 1994

    No Mercy

    A law of good intent goes unused, and proponents say that's left victims further victimized

  • News

    November 10, 1994

    Too Pharr-out?

    The GOP tried to peddle a story about Ann Richards' own "Willie Horton," but the state's press corps wasn't buying

  • News

    August 11, 1994
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