A runaway airman slaughters a family of three as they sleep in their beds.
A single mother murders her two young sons and hides their dismembered bodies in her refrigerator.
An elderly man beats his granddaughter to death with a hammer because her childish singing annoys him.
Those are just three of the violent crimes that rocked Galveston in one year: 1955.
Galveston, Texas, has a storied history marked by captains of industry and mafia bosses. Their exploits are legendary. But those now-infamous stories weren't the only ones to make headlines over the decades. The island city's ordinary citizens left their mark as well, often on their friends and neighbors. Their stories are just as much a part of Galveston's history as its deadly storms and favorite sons.
Island Indictments recounts the tales of 25 crimes that shocked the city and left juries wrestling with justice. Some killers paid for their crimes with their lives. Others walked free.
Take a trip across the causeway for a true crime journey through seven decades of Galveston's past.
One thing's for sure: The good old days weren't always so good.
Leigh Jones fell in love with Galveston while working as a reporter for The Galveston County Daily News. She's a Hurricane Ike survivor and co-authored a book about the island's recovery, Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes.
Adventures took her out of Texas for a few years, but the island was never far from her heart. She started reading accounts of historic crime while researching ideas for a forthcoming mystery novel set in Galveston.
When she finally returned to Texas, she settled in the Houston area with her husband and daughter. They visit Galveston often.
Dickinson slayer: ¿The Ellis Lauhon story
Love and bootlegged booze don't mix
'Unnatural sex act' leads to brutal Bacliff murder
From stolen freedom to death row
The crime Galveston refused ¿to forgive
'Senile changes' rip a family apart
Not a natural mother's act
The body in the ¿Fort San Jacinto bunker
Buried alive on the Bolivar Peninsula
Seawall attacker guts victim ¿'like a fish'
Shootout shatters Texas City ¿love triangle
Honest, officer, I'm trying ¿to go straight!
Suspicions of incest trigger deadly family feud
Discrimination claims and Hollywood defense tactics
Sin City, Texas: Easy on gamblers, tough on reporters
Stolen whiskey shipment leads to downtown gunfight
Headless, disfigured bodies confound island police
She shot him because she loved him
Two stolen T-shirts nearly cost a police officer his life
Murdered over an insult
Seaman's murder nearly sparks ¿Israeli invasion
Waiting forever to die
Galveston dairy romance sours into midday murder
The little girl who beat the ¿odds-and the tide
Teacher's murder prompts death penalty debate
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