Like a perfect storm, what are all the components that need to come together to generate a crime? Could a crime that occurs in one part of Houston have happened in another, or in the suburbs? How much does place as well as persons have to do with all that follows?
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In “Paranoid Reality,” the first installment of our new Crime Story column, writer Randall Patterson tries to answer some of that. He begins with the case of Whitt Bruney, a master craftsman living in the Montrose section of town who ran afoul of a neighbor with ultimately tragic consequences. His friends thought he was over cautious, just this side of maybe crazy. Turns out, he wasn’t cautious enough. It’s an “I told you so” from the grave. – Margaret Downing