What really happened at the lake that night?
March 19, 2014 1:55 PM Subscribe
The Murders at The Lake.
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"In the summer of 1982 the city of Waco was confronted with the most vicious crime it had ever seen: three teenagers were savagely stabbed to death, for no apparent reason, at a park by a lake on the edge of town. Justice was eventually served when four men were found guilty of the crime, and two were sent to death row. In 1991, though, when one of the convicts got a new trial and was then found not guilty, some people wondered, Were these four actually the killers? Several years after that, one of the men was put to death, and the stakes were raised: Had Texas executed an innocent man?"
This is a five part investigative report from the Texas Monthly, which examines the case from five different perspectives: "a patrol sergeant who investigated the crime; a police detective who became skeptical of the investigation; an appellate lawyer who tried to stop the execution; a journalist whose reporting has raised new doubts about the case; and a convict who pleaded guilty but now vehemently proclaims his innocence."
The link above is Part One, which was released today. The other four parts will be published online over the next two weeks.
* Lake Waco Murders
has trial documents and other resources
* Carlton Stowers book about the murders, Careless Whispers,
is available from Amazon.
* National Registry of Exonerations