Houston's Darkest Hours

12 Crimes That Changed Houston History Forever

Bizarre murders, political bribery, revenge plots, corporate bankruptcies: This city has borne witness to a host of over-the-top criminal misdeeds, whose stories Houstonians have been telling and retelling for years.

11/26/2018 By Houstonia Staff

Top Stories

Essay

Forget Me Not

A story of Alzheimer’s disease, the Texas juvenile justice system, and the miraculous power of unconditional love.

11/26/2018 By Haley Horan

Bayougraphy

Harper Watters Wants You to Follow Him (on Instagram)

The ballet artist turns social media followers into dance fans.

11/26/2018 By Morgan Kinney

Table of Contents

Arts & Culture

Visual Art

This New Book Chronicles Texas’s Rich Legacy of Outsider Art

Outsider Art in Texas highlights the work of 11 Lone Star artists who both struggled against and were inspired by a deep sense of isolation, whether self- or state-imposed.

11/26/2018 By Chris Gray

Eat & Drink

The Drawl

What Your Favorite Holiday Cookies Mean to Their Bakers

The stories behind the sugary treats.

11/26/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Editor's Picks

10 Restaurants For Any Occasion In Rice Village

Whether you're searching for fast food or fine dining, Rice Village has it all.

11/26/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Rise and Recover

3 Hangover Cures You're Going to Need This Holiday Season

Had a little too much fun last night? Let us help you ease the pain.

11/26/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Pour

This Is the Hot Chocolate-Coffee Combo You're Looking For

The Maya Mocha at Campesino Coffee will please even the toughest abuelos.

11/26/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Restaurant Review

Don't Underestimate These Casual Heights Hangouts

At La Lucha and Blackbird Izakaya , unpretentious, seriously great grub.

11/26/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Editor’s Note

Editor's Note

The Story of a Tiny Wreath and a Heaping Helping of Joy

Even gnomes need holiday cheer.

11/26/2018 By Catherine Matusow

News & City Life

Houston's Darkest Hours

12 Crimes That Changed Houston History Forever

Bizarre murders, political bribery, revenge plots, corporate bankruptcies: This city has borne witness to a host of over-the-top criminal misdeeds, whose stories Houstonians have been telling and retelling for years.

11/26/2018 By Houstonia Staff

Houston's Darkest Hours

If the Shoe Fits: A Courtroom and a City Captivated by the So-Called Stiletto Murder

Ana Trujillo allegedly tore her shoe off her foot and bashed it into her boyfriend's head some 25 times.

11/26/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Houston's Darkest Hours

Tainted Love: The Astronaut Love Triangle That Led to Adult Diapers and Battery

When astronaut Bill Oefelein dumped fellow astronaut Lisa Nowak for someone else, Nowak didn't exactly take it well.

11/26/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Houston's Darkest Hours

How Enron Rose and Fell

The story of a company's collapse, and the CEO who insisted he wasn't responsible

11/26/2018 By Dianna Wray

Houston's Darkest Hours

It Comes to a Head: When Robert Durst Washed Up in Galveston

It wasn’t long before the horrors that seemed to follow the wealthy New York real estate heir popped up in Texas—this time, in black garbage bags.

11/26/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Houston's Darkest Hours

How the Railroad Killer Reached the End of the Line

The serial killer who nudged aside Osama bin Laden on the FBI Most Wanted list

11/26/2018 By Morgan Kinney

Houston's Darkest Hours

The Mom Who'd Stop at Nothing to Get Her Daughter on the Cheerleading Team

When your daughter doesn't have a chance of making the squad, what do you do? Solicit murder, of course.

11/26/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Houston's Darkest Hours

When Death Came to the Alley Theatre—and Not on the Stage

Iris Siff was working late inside her office when a man entered and strangled her with a phone cord.

11/26/2018 By Morgan Kinney

Houston's Darkest Hours

The Candy Man Who Wasn't So Sweet After All

Dean Corll was known for passing out sweets to kids in the Heights. But he turned out to be one of the most brutal, calculating serial killers of the 20th century.

11/26/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Houston's Darkest Hours

How the Sharpstown State Bank Brought Down Texas’s Top Politicians

It all started when Frank Sharp wanted to see some favorable banking bills pushed through the Texas legislature.

11/26/2018 By Dianna Wray

Houston's Darkest Hours

Murder and Intrigue in River Oaks Proves Truth Is Stranger than Fiction

This notorious case gripped the city for years, each twist and turn more unbelievable than the last.

11/26/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Houston's Darkest Hours

The Chilling Tale of the Icebox Murders

Houston’s most infamous unsolved crime starts with a horrifying discovery.

11/26/2018 By Nicki Koetting

Houston's Darkest Hours

The Strange Case of the William Marsh Rice Murder

Spoiler: The butler (and another guy) did it.

11/26/2018 By Catherine Matusow

Education

With Its Pre-Law Pipeline, UH Makes Diversity in Law a Priority

Only about 15 percent of attorneys in the U.S. are people of color. UH wants to change that.

11/26/2018 By Jeff Balke

Essay

Forget Me Not

A story of Alzheimer’s disease, the Texas juvenile justice system, and the miraculous power of unconditional love.

11/26/2018 By Haley Horan

Ice House

Rush to Judgment: So, Is Houston Fun?

We have to be better than No. 18 in the country, right? Right?

11/26/2018 By Nicki Koetting

Ice House

Houston Is Turning Into a Hub for eSports

Video game arenas are expected to pop up in Memorial City and Midtown as early as this month.

11/26/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Ice House

Meet the People Recording Houston’s History from the Ground Up

Moore Archeological Consulting is in the business of cataloguing Houston’s cultural history.

11/26/2018 By Morgan Kinney

The Thirst Is Real

Who’s Paying $30 for a Bottle of Soda from Houston?

Drake, for one.

11/26/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Perfect Party

December's Perfect Party: Everybody-Gather-Round-Elton Edition

Rocket Man's coming through town, so of course he's at the head of our table this month.

11/26/2018 By Catherine Matusow

Ice House

These Houston Greeting Cards Will Tell Your Love Story For You

Houston-based business Tellinga connects local artists with consumers, offering personalized, narrative-based pieces of art.

11/26/2018 By Drew Jones

Ice House

How to Thwart Porch Pirates This Holiday Season

Real-life Grinches are out there.

11/26/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Bayougraphy

Harper Watters Wants You to Follow Him (on Instagram)

The ballet artist turns social media followers into dance fans.

11/26/2018 By Morgan Kinney

Style & Shopping

Clutch City

Trim the Tree with These Houston-Inspired Ornaments

Get into the Christmas spirit with these Bayou City baubles.

11/26/2018 By Abby Ledoux