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Senior Editor — Texas Monthly
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Executive Editor at Texas Monthly, covering criminal justice. Die-hard believer in long-form journalism.

"Why's this so good?" No. 65: David Grann and the death row prisoner

niemanstoryboard.org — Four years ago, I began looking into the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was put to death by the state of Texas in 2004. Willingham had been convicted of murdering his three children in 1991 after they died in a house fire; prosecutors argued that Willingham, who had managed to escape, had actually set the fire himself.

The Guilty and the Innocent

texasmonthly.com — On September 17, in a decisive 7-2 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the capital murder conviction of a Corpus Christi woman named Hannah Overton. Readers of Texas Monthly may recall Overton's case, which I examined in an article a few years ago called "Hannah and Andrew," a lengthy story that questioned the assumptions that had led to her prosecution.

Teenage Wasteland

texasmonthly.com — WHAT STRUCK HIM, HE WOULD later say, was that the boy didn't look anything like a junkie. Plano Police sergeant Aubrey Paul had driven north along Texas Highway 289, where Plano's gated communities and mirrored office parks abruptly give way to unruly stretches of buffalo grass, to check out a call he had received the day before from a detective in the neighboring town of Frisco.

“A Woman Had a Place, and It Was Not Out Practicing Law”

texasmonthly.com — When Dusty Burke, a partner at the prestigious law firm Vinson & Elkins, entered the University of Texas Law School in 1965, she was one of only six female students in a class of hundreds. At the time, few women practiced law; from 1920 to 1970, the number of female attorneys in Texas hovered at less than four percent.

Hannah Overton’s Capital Murder Conviction Is Overturned

texasmonthly.com — Today marked a turning point in the case of Hannah Overton, the Corpus Christi mother of five who has fought for eight years to prove her innocence. This morning, in a decisive 7-2 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned her capital murder conviction.

Not-So-Loving County

texasmonthly.com — OUT WHERE THE RADIO SIGNALS FADE to static, past where the telephone poles and speed limit signs end, lies one of the loneliest spots on earth: Loving County, where the oil wells outnumber the people ten to one. One hundred and two humans live here, to be exact, making it officially the least-populous area in the nation.

Hannah Overton's Capital Murder Conviction Is Overturned

texasmonthly.com — Today marked a turning point in the case of Hannah Overton, the Corpus Christi mother of five who has fought for eight years to prove her innocence. This morning, in a decisive 7-2 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned her capital murder conviction.

The Witness | Texas Monthly

texasmonthly.com — Hi, if you are reading this then they killed me. I wanted to tell you that I enjoyed talking to you, you seem like a really great lady. I'm sorry we didn't meet under different circumstances... . Thank you for your kindness. Have a wonderful day.

The Desert of the Dead

texasmonthly.com — While politicians and bureaucrats endlessly debate the best ways to secure our borders, illegal immigrants are dying to get into America-literally.

Michael Morton's Life in Prison, In His Own Words

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Dec 21, 2014

@DVNJr Thanks so much for the early Christmas present, Don! What a huge honor.

Dec 20, 2014

RT @parisreview: “Life is a very bad novelist. It is chaotic and ludicrous.” —Javier Marias bit.ly/1sLrYke

Dec 20, 2014

Read @mikehalltexas' magnificent story on an E. Texas preacher who tried to fix the world but who was himself broken texasmonthly.com/story/story-of…

Dec 20, 2014

@RTVScandals @MissAmiaSays @HuffPostCrime Yes, definitely incorrect. Andrew did not die in the pantry, but the following day at the hospital

Dec 20, 2014

A fascinating, tragic story from the great @elongreen: "The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders" theawl.com/2014/12/the-un…

Dec 20, 2014

Did Harris Co DA's office go after wrong man in cop killer case that sent Alfred Brown to death row? houstonchronicle.com/news/columnist… @ChronFalkenberg

Dec 20, 2014

.@DavidGrann "avoid[s] stylistic flourishes...'The last thing I want is for the voice to get in the way,' he said." nyti.ms/1z83uE2

Dec 20, 2014

Narrative nonfiction has "cast aside the linguistic showmanship" of New Journalism and is now done in "a quieter way" nyti.ms/1z83uE2

Dec 20, 2014

@invisibleshield Thank you Luke! I hope I didn't ruin your winter vacation.

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