Seaman’s 1984 murder nearly sparks Israeli invasion of Galveston

The front page of The Galveston Daily News declares a verdict in the Kedem murder case.

Eliyahu Kedem left the cargo ship docked at Galveston’s Pier 41 on June 20, 1984, and walked into town to buy gifts for his wife and two children. Despite the heat, the 41-year-old Israeli seaman refused to spend […]

Two stolen T-shirts almost cost a Galveston police officer his life

An aerial photo of the seawall taken in 1977. (Photo courtesy of the Galveston and Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas)

As dark settled in over the island on Jan. 21, 1982, Galveston police dispatch sent Officer Oscar Haynes to investigate a shoplifting report at Angelo’s Gift Shop at 31st Street and Seawall […]

Buried alive on the Bolivar Peninsula

A Galveston beach scene from 1981. (Photo courtesy of the Galveston and Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas)

Suzanne Clydene Knuth trudged home alone in the dark on April 4, 1980, after her car died in a Beaumont shopping center parking lot. The 23-year-old Lamar University student didn’t have far to walk, and […]

Headless, disfigured bodies confound Galveston cops in 1988

In 1988, two grisly murders shocked Galvestonians and left them wondering whether they had a serial killer in their midst. Police did not believe the cases were connected and suggested the killers likely came from somewhere else. But residents remained nervous about the possibility the murderers would strike again.

As days dragged into weeks, and […]