Texas City love triangle shattered in 1960s shootout

Charlene Lewis (The Galveston Daily News)

Love can drive a man to distraction. But can it make him a murderer?

Richard Villareal’s attorneys insisted it could. He was a man whose life was wrapped up in a woman, entangled in a web he could not escape. His lawyers painted the picture of a pitiable […]

The body in the Fort San Jacinto bunker

Battery Croghan, Fort San Jacinto, Galveston, Texas (Creative Commons/Flickr/Patrick Feller)

Several hours after the hot sun melted into the horizon on Aug. 21, 1960, three 13-year-old boys ran along a narrow strip of sand on Galveston’s far East End. They were supposed to be fishing, but a torrential summer downpour drove them toward a […]

A crime of passion and the ‘rape of justice’

Thomas Pittman (right) and his lawyer, L.J. Krueger. (Photo by Linda Westerlage/The Galveston Daily News)

Shirley Ann Lester was ready to celebrate one year of freedom from her husband, Thomas Michael Pittman III, when he called and asked to see her on Oct. 19, 1963. She agreed, even though she had no intention of […]

Suspicions of incest trigger deadly Galveston family feud

“New $2,000,000 Causeway, Galveston, Texas.” Card. 1930. Digital Commonwealth

Twelve-year-old Donald Sedgewick trotted down the steps of his grandfather’s house to get a piece of apple pie from a family friend who had stopped by during the early evening of Nov. 6, 1930. Just as he hit the sidewalk, a gray sedan rolled up […]

Single gunshot ends Prohibition-era Galveston romance

“View of gulf and boulevard at night from Hotel Galvez, Galveston, Texas.” Card. 1930. Digital Commonwealth

John W. Adams “worshipped the very ground that Marie Doherty walked on.” For her part, Marie said several times she “would rather die than give him up.”

The people packed into the 56th District courtroom on Nov. 14, […]

She shot him because she loved him

Flickr/Ben Northern

On the evening of Sept. 27, 1950, Johnnie Louise Rogers had a couple of beers with a neighbor before going to the filling station where she worked, to get a gun. She put the .44-caliber Colt revolver in a paper bag and boarded a bus near her home on 83rd Street, heading […]