Neighborhood Watch

Which Houston-Area Locales Are Among the 50 Safest Cities in Texas?

Eight nearby areas made this year's list, compiled by SafeWise.

10/25/2019 By Abby Ledoux

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Lucky Town Tells a Houston Detective Story

Set in the Bayou City and beyond, Peter Vonder Haar's debut novel sparkles with wit and local tidbits.

09/24/2019 By Holly Beretto

Ice House

Houston Is the Card Skimmer Capital of the Nation. What Is Being Done About It?

“It’s not only getting more frequent, but technology is constantly evolving. We haven’t kept up.”

06/25/2019 By Gwendolyn Knapp

713-222-TIPS

Crime Stoppers of Houston Honors HPD, the Gordy Family, the Houston 20, and More Local Heroes

The annual Houston's Heroes Awards Luncheon also raised more than $200,000 for crime prevention and public safety initiatives.

05/03/2019 By Abby Ledoux

Perfect Party

May's Perfect Party: Score-That-Invite Edition

Doing something of vital importance, like delivering a set of sextuplets in less than 10 minutes or opening a barbecue joint in the Heights, gets you into our party this month.

04/25/2019 By Catherine Matusow

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

Ice House

How to Thwart Porch Pirates This Holiday Season

Real-life Grinches are out there.

11/26/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Bad Business

19 Houston Businesses Cited in Illegal Fish Trade Crackdown

Local businesses took the bait in a Texas Parks and Wildlife sting.

04/18/2018 By Cory Garcia