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Shane and Sally

On July 4, 1988, 16-year-old Shane Stewart and 18-year-old Sally McNelly went out for the night in the West Texas town of San Angelo. They watched the fireworks, stopped for burgers, and drove to the lake outside of town. They were never seen alive again. Reporters Karen Jacobs and Rob D’Amico pick up the cold case of two murders that have haunted their family, their friends, and generations of investigators.

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A Victim’s Father in an Infamous Cold Case Yearns to Know More — Who Killed My Son?

An epic story…

Witnessed:Borderlands, a narrative podcast, with Campside Media and Sony Entertainment

The tall-but-true tale of a charismatic outlaw, an iconic small-town sheriff, and the record-setting drug bust that ensnared them both. Listen…

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 A Marfa Art Fair Has Landed in a Financial Hole. Will a New Sculpture Be Enough of a Distraction? Read…



 Sophi’s Murder and the Unanswered Call for Justice

Investigations and prosecutions of homicides involving alleged domestic violence are uneven across Texas. Read…s

Traditionalists Protest What Some Consider a “Woke” Takeover of the Texas Historical Association
Inside the arguments, lawsuit, and angry outbursts that are dividing a key authority on historical matters. Read…

Defense Denied
Many poor Texans are being short-changed on their right to be represented by a defense attorney in cases with potentially life-changing consequences. Read…

A Celebrated West Texas Archaeologist Has Been Fired—and No One Will Say Why
Acclaimed for his research on the Big Bend region and the Porvenir Massacre, David Keller was suddenly marched out of Sul Ross State University in December. Read…

Anti-Immigrant rhetoric fueled Sierra Blanca migrant shooting, advocates say
Two brothers arrested in connection with the shooting of migrants face scrutiny in a small Texas town. Read…

A One-Man Army in the Battle for Sotol
A Marfa man is waging war against the Texas distillers claiming the right to make sotol outside of its ancestral home. Read…

One of my favorites…

Rob D'Amico story for the Austin Chronicle on the Bicycle Thief

The Bicycle Thief
Police say James Clayton befriended
– then ripped off – many Austin bicyclists

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