The nation's leading civilian authority on the infamous Zodiac serial killings of the 1960s hopes to raise a $100,000 reward to find the California killer's identity after 45 years. Tom Voigt, who runs Zodiackiller.com, a dangerous time-suck for anyone remotely interested in the case, has launched ... More >>
Homosexual rape, torture and a graveyard of dead boys. A filmmaker decides to step away from fiction and delve into Houston's infamous Dean Corll rape-torture-murder case.
Movie studios scramble to have big-name stars headline their films, but in many of my favorite movies food is the star. Few things are better than pairing a foodie film with a great meal so we can enjoy ourselves just as much as the folks onscreen are enjoying their own aliments. In this series, we' ... More >>
Sen. John Cornyn has had some interesting notions, but his latest move -- a law to ban "murderabilia," aka the move to ban the sale of artwork, letters or any other stuff that is valuable because of an association with a mass murderer/serial killer/someone-who-committed-any-other-heinous-crime -- j ... More >>
Apparently still unconvinced that President Barack Obama's birth certificate is the real McCoy -- and afraid that a foreign-born candidate might once again move his foreign self into the White House -- Arlington Congressman Bill Zedler has introduced a House bill that would give the Texas Secretary ... More >>
I tend to talk up voice actors here in the Houston Press blogs. Part of it is because I'm trying to justify entering my fourth decade on Earth and still being mesmerized by cartoons, but a lot of it is because I think that the discipline represents one of the most underrated acting skills of all tim ... More >>
Four lucky winners were chosen for The Divide swag. The first-place winner, Jennine L., receives a full-sized film poster signed by star Michael Biehn and a four pack of horror videos by Anchor Bay Studios (the unrated director's cut of Hatchet; the unrated 2010 version of I Spit on Your Grave; the ... More >>
Today marks the last known murder by the infamous Jack the Ripper, that of a prostitute named Mary Jane Kelly the Ripper brutally mutilated in 1888. What happened to Jack after the death of Kelly has never been discovered, whether he died, emigrated out of England, or was imprisoned on other ... More >>
Photo by HCSOSteven Hobbs: Possible serial killer of hookersHarris County Sheriff's investigators say they think a security guard who wanted to be a cop might have been a serial killer who terrorized prostitutes. Steven A. Hobbs, 40, is already in jail on charges of capital murder, aggravate ... More >>
For a while, Rocks Off worked at our day job with our drummer, and we would play a game involving the band we were writing about that day. We'd come running over to his desk in our socks and scream out the name of the band, and he would guess the genre. If you would be so kind, could you guy ... More >>
On St. Patrick's Day 1985, serial killer Richard Ramirez (right) murdered two women in Los Angeles, beginning a killing spree that would eventually tally over 14 people and leave him with the nickname "The Night Stalker." From a young age, Ramirez was fascinated and inspired by the occult and ... 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 >>
Illustration by Monica FuentesClick here for larger version and more infoSerial killers and famous murderers have existed almost as long as mankind, we're sure. But as in so many things, the United States may just have perfected the thing. Each state has its own infamous episode, some very w ... More >>
Montogomery County might have had a serial killer 20 years agoA 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 >>
Everyone's favorite serial killer is on the menu
Hanging out backstage with Ronan Harris of VNV Nation last Sunday, his synth-excellency imparted a tale that Rocks Off hoped to the gods was not true, and led us down the path of myth and rumor to bring you a list of five of the most horrifying legends in pop-music lore. The tale Ronan told is th ... More >>
May I offer you a glass of ice water?
Delving into the minds of serial killers might not seem like fun, but it suits this mystery novelist just fine
All aboard for the blood-and-guts buffet
Did everything go horribly, horribly wrong in Chasing Darkness?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a new report concerning the myth of the serial killer, titled "Serial Murder: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives for Investigators." The report highlights a couple Houston-area killers to disprove some myths. One is Coral Eugene Watts, who was arrested ... More >>
To hear a podcast with author James Swain and Houston Press Night & Day Editor Olivia Flores Alvarez, click the buttons below. James Swain's newest book Midnight Rambler focuses on abducted children, a subject he knows something about. Swain's mother was abducted as a child, and while she su ... More >>
Seattle — what happened? I remember there was once a day not too terribly long ago when you heard no more about that rainy northwestern metropolis than any other large American city. It was a city with a decent basketball team and the perpetually mediocre Seahawks and Mariners. Maybe you knew ... More >>
The infamous Zodiac killer inspires another dead-end film
He left clues all over, but it still took investigators years to unmask the serial murderer in their midst
Railcar killing news overlooked Leafie. Her neighbors didn't.
Victim advocates condemn sales of murder-related items