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 the 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

Girl Power

The Houstonian Woman

They’re amazing, inspiring, and have risen to the top of their (often male-dominated) professions. And we’re cheering them ever onward, ever upward.

01/30/2018 By Houstonia Staff

The Houstonian Woman

The 1977 National Women's Conference in Houston Was Supposed to Change the World. What Went Wrong?

Today, Gloria Steinem calls it “the most important event that nobody knows about.” Why?

01/30/2018 By Dianna Wray

Ice House

Why Doesn't Houston Have Its Own History Museum?

The fourth-largest city in the country doesn't have a museum dedicated to its own past. Why?

12/29/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Slice of Life

30 Years Later, Photographs of Houston's Fourth Ward Are a Window Through Time

The historic African American neighborhood has been heavily gentrified, making these 1987 images artifacts of a different era.

11/07/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Ice House

Why Is It Only Our Sixth-Annual Oktoberfest?

Little remains of the Bayou City’s German heritage, although remnants can be found.

08/21/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Into the Storm

How Weather Shaped Houston's History

Our inclement-weather-prone city has seen it all over the past 100 years—fires, hurricanes, floods, and yes, even snow storms. Let's talk about it.

07/18/2017 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt

Hunker Down

A Century of Stormy Weather in Photos

If there's anything that history teaches us, it's that no matter what we do or where we build, this city has and always will continue to flood.

07/18/2017 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt