Friday, March 21, 2014

Must-read: Michael Hall on the Lake Waco murders

On my to-do list this weekend is finishing Michael Hall's excellent story in Texas Monthly on the Lake Waco murders and the possibility that the men convicted of the crime - one of whom was executed - were actually innocent. Central to the convictions were statements from a jailhouse snitch and forensic testimony about bite marks, a discipline whose credibility in recent years has been seriously called into question. (At trial, jurors were told bite-mark evidence was as reliable as fingerprints.)

The missus left town for work on Wednesday and took the magazine with her for the plane ride, so I haven't yet finished the article. But TM has begun to serialize the lengthy piece on their website. Check it out. This is long-form journalism at its best.

19 comments:

TriggerMortis said...

Wow, best story I've read in years. Incredibly in-depth and provides insight into the minds of these psychopaths that gravitate to jobs in law enforcement. Every single case that Simons' ever worked should be reinvestigated. Truly scary that people like him are allowed to wear a badge. No one is safe.

Anonymous said...

I guess every crime prior to DNA..arson detection..retina reading....voice analysis deserves retrial or out and out dismissal..Good way to completely empty out prisons and jails with null and void convictions prior to this magic. I certainly dont believe everything I read and certainly not everything in Texas Monthly.

Anonymous said...

To continue from 10:38..dont trust Truman Simons or Vic Feazell either.

Robert Langham said...

Can't anybody here PLAY this game?

Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't Simons and Feazell agree to an interview? "...the patrol sergeant who investigated the case and the DA who prosecuted it—refused to be interviewed."

Anonymous said...

Mr.Kerry Max Cook was railroaded by Skeen and Hardy from Tyler,Smith County. The Waco Lake and White murders with Vic Feazell and Simmons in Waco, McClellan County are frightening similar! Connect the dots.

Anonymous said...

It's McLennan County, not McClellan County. And yes, Vic Feazell was and is a scumbag schyster.

Anonymous said...

So friggin true...but 58 million dollar lotto winner...shame

Anonymous said...

Nothin to gain lots to lose if they do.

Justice for ALL said...

Referring to Truman Simons: "In his long career, he (Simons) had discovered that he could often feel the violence in the air at a crime scene—and later use that sense to connect the perpetrator to the deed." He discovered he could FEEL the violence in the AIR...wtf?

Anonymous said...

I was a teenager in Waco during Vic Feazell's reign back in the 80s. He always oozed sleaze like a used-car salesman or a tent preacher. He was and is a shameless, grand-standing, self-aggrandizing charlatan. Everyone knew he was dismissing DUI cases for bribes back in the day, but he was able to muddy the waters enough that the feds couldn't convict him.

He and DA Mighty Mouse would make a great team.

Anonymous said...

Feazell was a moral prig, too. He loved to make a great show of prosecuting mom-and-pop video stores for having small, adults-only sections in a room at the back.

Anonymous said...

Read the TM piece and you'll get the feeling that Mr. Hall already interviewed Mr. Simmons, explaining why he didn't want to talk.

I had to stop after two paragraphs because it started reading like a CNN special for the blind. We didn't need to know his pants size or favorite ice cream flavor, just the facts Mr. Hall.

Anonymous said...

http://www.withviclegal.com/about/vic-feazell/

Anonymous said...

+1

Anonymous said...

+2

Bill Hommel said...

I worked for one of Spence's defense attorneys (Hayes Fuller) as a law clerk and he was totally convinced that he was being railroaded by Feazell.

Anonymous said...

Great read. Looking forward to tomorrow's final installment.

Anonymous said...

Let me see, the Melendez brothers luered a teen to a house where they sodimized him and Simons is the bad guy. Makes a good story.