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Our readers' letters regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks
Columns  September 28, 2001
"...The terrorists of Central America owe a debt to Ronald Reagan, who currently lives in California. I suggest the FBI go in with guns blazing as if they were attacking some environmental group...."

Thomas Harris' first serial-killer film adaptation.
Film Review  July 26, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Mann wrote the screenplay as well as directing, and it was stylishly shot by gifted cinematographer Dante Spinotti. The story places Peterson as an ex-FBI agent, who is called back into service to track down a particularly elusive serial killer..."

It's difficult to synopsize Swordfish, to whittle it down to a digestible nugget. The film (directed by Gone in 60 Seconds' Dominic Sena) is a mish-mash of cops and robbers,...
Film Review  June 13, 2001, by Kimberley Jones
"...John Travolta is laughable as oh-so-slick Gabriel Shear, a criminal mastermind who enlists the aid of Stanley, a washed-up hacker (played by X-Men's goofily rogueish Jackman, who apparently is looking to singlehandedly uproot the public's assumption that all hackers are sickly, cream-puff-complected geek boys). A couple of years back, poor Stanley got busted for hacking his way into the FBI's super-secret files, did some time at Leavenworth, and lost his wife to divorce and his child to a nasty custody battle..."

Naked City
Testimony ends in the first full week of Robert Springsteen's trial in the yogurt shop murders case, and jurors are left with the question: What evidence do prosecutors have?
News Story  May 18, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...of Public Safety crime lab, yielded no physical evidence -- not one fiber, not one speck of DNA -- linking any of the suspects to the murders. Six fingerprints were recovered from the lid of a cash register drawer found near Ayers' body, and were sent to the FBI in Washington, D.C., for analysis, along with prints from the four girls, the four boys, and all the yogurt shop employees..."

In the Seventies, George Jung (Depp) brought cocaine back from the dead, making it the de rigueur party favor for the upscale party crowd. Blow -- adapted from Bruce Porter's...
Film Review  April 6, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...On the way, he hooks up with his first love Barbara (Franka Potente), an airline stewardess who is soon working as his drug mule; Reuben's flamboyantly gay hair-salon owner-cum-dealer-to-the-stars, Derek Foreal; and eventual partner in crime Diego Delgado (Molla), the man who finally introduces Jung to the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (a tightly wound Curtis), eventually initiating America's lasting love affair with the sniffles. Like anyone with bales of unlaundered cash lying about, Jung comes to attention of the FBI and lands in jail, but not before he falls for and marries Colombian passion bomb Mirtha (Cruz)..."

The JFKonspiracy
Kathy McCarty wants to know "Why?" Why is wanting to know more about the Kennedy Assassination such social suicide?
Features Story  November 10, 2000, by Kathy McCarty
"...Like Abraham Zapruder, she also was filming the presidential motorcade with a home movie camera -- but because of her position, it is likely that her film showed both the Texas School Book Depository and the Grassy Knoll. It probably won't surprise anyone that her film was confiscated by "government agents" (one of whom she later identified as FBI agent Regis Kennedy) and that her film has never been seen or heard of again...."

The Deal of a Lifetime
TDHCA Board member Florita Bell Griffin is standing trial in a Houston federal courtroom on allegations that she, along with two co-defendants, conspired to profit from deals she helped approve.
News Story  November 3, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...The showdown in Houston is the culmination of a two-year-long investigation of Griffin, which began in 1998 when FBI agents raided her home in Bryan. Since then, the state housing agency itself has become the focus of both media and legislative scrutiny, with questions raised about the extent to which secret handshakes, rather than an equitable selection process, determine who reaps the millions in tax credits the agency dispenses annually..."

Light Rail, Green Politics, and much ado about the city's growing pains.
Columns  October 13, 2000
"...If Gore's people had a spy in the Bush camp, they certainly wouldn't call the FBI to investigate their own spy's secret package...."

Yoga and Starbucks. Karaoke and republicans. Squirrel rifles and Al Gore. Together for the first time in this week's letters to the editor!
Columns  September 8, 2000
"...Crime reporting seems reduced to a contest to see how many times the phrases "high-powered rifle," "assault rifle," or "semiautomatic weapon" can be used in a single paragraph. Fact: FBI statistics show that rifles are used in less than 1% of all violent crimes..."

Media Clips
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones fields allegations that he's been stifling free expression on Austin Cable Access television.
News Column  July 14, 2000, by Lee Nichols
"...Counts is notorious, for lack of a better word, for making prank calls to ACAC call-in shows, especially Jones' show. Counts, who still maintains an Internet account on the server of the now-defunct bookstore Fringeware, said he suspects that Jones then called in the FBI and made bogus claims that Counts was a terrorist and possessed child pornography and got the bureau to raid Fringeware to get Counts' address..."

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
Rocket J. Squirrel (voiced by June Foray) and Bullwinkle J. Moose (voiced by Keith Scott) return after a 35-year absence in this wildly uneven but occasionally hilarious updating that takes...
Film Review  June 30, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...That chilly conflict is long-since past, of course, and so scriptwriter Ken Lonergan (who, perhaps not coincidentally, scripted De Niro's other recent film comedy Analyze This) has crafted a tale in which Fearless Leader schemes to win the White House by “zombifying” the American television public with really bad television. Not so far-fetched, is it? Naturally, Rocky the flying squirrel, with his blue aviator's cap and goggles, and dull-witted Bullwinkle come to the rescue, with an assist from FBI agent Karen Sympathy (Perabo)..."

What's the Buzz?
Guide to Summer Films
Screens Story  May 26, 2000, by Bryan Poyser
"...If one saucy granny is not enough for you, Martin Lawrence will also be donning a fat suit for his turn as a Southern grandmother in the forthcoming Big Momma's House (June 2). Lawrence plays an FBI agent who goes undercover as Big Momma to protect a woman and her son from a dangerous criminal on his way to find them..."

Two Roads to Justice
Republican Shane Phelps takes another stab at Democrat Ronnie Earle's job for district attorney.
News Story  February 18, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...Moreover, Phelps is running at a time when Austin's crime rate is falling. According to the latest FBI crime statistics, Austin had the second-lowest murder rate of any major U.S..."

Natural Selection
This locally shot black comedy examines the bizarre feedback loop that exists among celebrity psychopaths, the increasingly tabloidized mainstream news media, and, not least, our own bad selves.
Film Review  February 4, 2000, by Russell Smith
"...Burrow and Allen Odom are working at cross purposes with director of photography Rhet Bear, whose fiendishly inventive conjury of classic creepo flicks by Friedkin, Craven, and Richard Donner (The Omen) is the single most impressive thing about this film. Burrow and Odom's story proceeds along two parallel tracks: A mock documentary about a serial killer named Willie (Bowen) who terrorizes a small Texas town, and the dramatized tale of Willie's pursuit by FBI agent Louis Dehoven (Carradine) and ill-humored local lawman Harry Richards (Unger)..."

Playing It Safe
According to the latest FBI crime statistics, El Paso and Austin rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, among the cities with the lowest murder rates in the nation.
News Story  January 21, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...And yet the two cities, El Paso and Austin, are leading the nation when it comes to safe streets. According to the latest FBI crime statistics (from the first six months of 1999), El Paso has the lowest murder rate of any major U.S..."

Top Local Stories of 1999
News Story  January 7, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...Waco makes a comeback. The flames that consumed the Branch Davidian compound in Waco went out long ago, but the heat created by the incident continues to haunt the FBI, the ATF, and the Justice Department..."

Housing, ACC, and Spooner.
Columns  October 29, 1999
"...22). As the article mentions, the FBI is investigating the issue...."

House of Cards
Critics say the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs awards low-income housing tax-credits to undeserving developers.
News Story  October 22, 1999, by Kevin Fullerton
"...This year, the state's biggest affordable housing program was supposed to operate strictly by the book, or so legislators were told. The days of shoveling public subsidies into questionable developments were over, out the door with the housing agency's former director, Larry Paul Manley, who resigned last year with FBI and Department of Public Safety agents on his trail..."

Arlington Road
Paranoia strikes deep in Arlington Road, a political thriller in which the manicured lawns and barbecue smiles of suburbia mask a banal malevolence. Here, evil has a familiar face: the...
Film Review  July 16, 1999, by Steve Davis
"...Arlington Road aims to unsettle a complacent America -- what if you lived on the same street as someone who blows up buildings? -- but its character insight unwittingly distances its horror. Its protagonist is no ordinary Joe, but rather a man obsessed with American terrorism, a widower still grieving his wife, an FBI agent who was killed in a botched firearms raid..."

The General's Daughter
About this time every year, Hollywood invites us to watch as the military's dress-white cloak of honor and rectitude is ripped asunder, exposing -- gasp! -- unspeakable secrets lurking beneath...
Film Review  June 26, 1999, by Russell Smith
"...Every convention is honored, starting with the protagonist, a working-stiff military cop named Warrant Officer Paul Brenner (the increasingly oviform Travolta), whose murder investigation sends him down a darkening path of deceit and duplicity leading, as ever, all the way to the top. Since our decedent is both an officer and the daughter of a beloved general (Cromwell) with political hopes, Brenner is pressured to wrap things up quickly in order to keep the FBI and the jackals of the civilian news media at bay..."

Press Bush on Wiccans
Columns  June 17, 1999
"...Dear Editor, The FBI recently released its list of the most wanted fugitives in the world. Sadly, it left out the most dangerous man alive..."

Desert Blue
Just because a film is “quirky,” that doesn't necessarily make it interesting. Morgan J. Freeman's follow-up to his much ballyhooed Hurricane Streets is 90-plus minutes of oddball characters wandering restlessly...
Film Review  June 4, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Alas, it's dad's idea to make the pilgrimage and Skye, a budding television actress, hates it all until she strikes up a relationship with the shy, reticent Blue. Blue and Skye, despite their too-obvious names, fall head over heels in love over the course of the next few days, as the town is quarantined by the FBI after a tractor-trailer containing the secret ingredients for a new cola brand overturns and results in the death of the rig's driver..."

Preying on Atheists
The Oldest Motive: Revenge
News Story  June 3, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...If not, we are going to go on with our investigation," Olfers said. And that's exactly what happened: the FBI, IRS, and ATF pushed their investigation, which has already resulted in Waters' conviction on the weapons charge..."

Interfaith's Socialist Agenda
Columns  April 22, 1999
"...Dear Austin voters, federal judges, FBI, college students,..."

Out of Sight
Soderbergh adapts Elmore Leonard in this caper movie that features great performances, gritty milieus, and clever creative flourishes.
Film Review  June 26, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Plans go awry (don't they always?) when hair-trigger Snoopy Miller (Cheadle) and stoner car thief Glenn Michaels (Zahn, doing his best Jim Breuer impression) cut themselves in on the action. A host of terrific bit players round out Soderbergh's film: Catherine Keener turns up as Foley's ex-squeeze Adele, Isaiah Washington appears as Snoopy's psychotic brother Kenneth, an uncredited Michael Keaton reprises his Jackie Brown role as FBI agent Ray Nicolette, and an uncredited Samuel L..."

The X-Files
An enigma wrapped in a conundrum sealed in a plain brown vapor-lock baggie that -- wonder of wonders! -- actually makes a fair amount of sense. In the five years...
Film Review  June 19, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...An enigma wrapped in a conundrum sealed in a plain brown vapor-lock baggie that -- wonder of wonders! -- actually makes a fair amount of sense. In the five years since creator Chris Carter brought his conspiracy-laden, UFOlogist's dream-come-true television show to the upstart Fox network, the ongoing saga of FBI agents Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) -- he of the credulous wisecracks and she of the pragmatic, slightly chilly disdain -- has amassed a cult popularity to rival that of The Fugitive (or, perhaps more accurately, The Prisoner)..."

I Got the Hook-Up
New Orleans' answer to Suge Knight -- minus the felony conviction, of course -- is rapper Master P, whose No Limits production company has entered the feature film arena via...
Film Review  June 5, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...sell the phones to their friends and gangsta pals and set up their own little renegade Baby Bell. With some able assistance from a hacker cohort, they clone existing numbers onto the new merchandise and have a field day until their scam backfires when the overloaded frequency first begins double-dialing numbers and then draws the attention of the cell phone company's fraud department and the FBI..."

Mr. Magoo
I know I'll go to heaven when I die because I've already been to Mr. Magoo. From the director of Jackie Chan's Supercop and Rumble in the Bronx comes this...

Film Review  December 26, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Nielsen once again mugs it up -- badly -- as Quincy Magoo, the perpetually befuddled socialite-cum-myopic bumbler. The plot has Magoo being pursued by jewel thief Luann (Lynch) and FBI agent Gus (Hudson) after the millionaire (accompanied by his chunky bulldog Angus) accidentally walks off with a priceless gem from a botched museum heist..."

Playing God
In the preposterously scripted yet defiantly engaging Playing God, actor David Duchovny gives us the story of Dr. Eugene Sands, a man suffering from a desperately bad case of “physician,...
Film Review  October 17, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Yet, what's in between is shot in a fairly routine and unimaginative manner that additionally squanders many rich opportunities while never missing an opportunity to focus provocatively on Angelina Jolie's full, lush lips. The script by Mark Haskell Smith offers little help -- it piles on such stock characters as clueless FBI dorks and single-minded Russian mobsters to an already tenuous storyline..."

Public Notice
Columns  July 25, 1997, by Kate X Messer
"...The bomber was never found. A cover-up by the FBI has been alleged, and on August 1 the case of Bari v..."

The Frighteners
One hundred percent weird. Yes, innovative New Zealand director Peter Jackson -- whose unpredictable career has included everything from the gleefully perverse Muppet satire Meet The Feebles to the passionate...
Film Review  July 19, 1996, by Joey O'Bryan
"...Of course, the town is also experiencing a rash of curious deaths, which very well might be the work of the Grim Reaper himself. But what connection, if any, does Bannister have to these deaths? And what part does that mysterious, introverted middle-aged woman (Dee Wallace Stone), who is imprisoned at home by her maniacal, controlling, shotgun-toting mother, play in the mystery? And, oh yeah, did I forget to mention the obviously disturbed, possibly psychotic FBI agent (Jeffery Combs) hot on Bannister's trail? Or how about the demented serial killer (Jake Busey) who- ah, forget it..."

Where's Charlie Sheen? Hey, forgive me, but if it looks like a Charlie Sheen movie, sounds like a Charlie Sheen movie, and just plain feels like a Charlie Sheen movie,...
Film Review  July 19, 1996, by Marc Savlov
" inevitable. Sheen, however, cannot be blamed.) With a lethally overzealous FBI agent (Burke) on their tail as well as the Atlanta detective Matthew Gibson (Patton) who originally put Luke Dodge (Baldwin) away, they make their way over hill, over dale, to the house of Cora (Hayak)..."

June 18, 1996: Aguascalientes in La Realidad, Chiapas
News Story  July 12, 1996
"...There are also, within the peaceful civilian national movement some complaints. We don't know about them directly because it is not in our medium, regarding infiltration or provocations or espionage, above all espionage of the CIA, the FBI and the State Department of the United States, of course, the Embassy..."

Dumb and dumber. No, not Jim Carrey's latest. I'm talking about the recent trajectory of Demi Moore's script choices. I mean, really. First, there's The Juror in which the sculptor/mom...
Film Review  July 5, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In Striptease, Bergman (who also wrote the script) plays the comedy broadly and unevenly, thus scuttling the movie's chances for the goodwill of its humor to sustain viewers through its lapses in plotting. When Erin Grant (Moore) loses her job as an FBI clerk because of the shady dealings of her scummy husband, she also loses custody of her seven-year-old daughter (played by Moore's actual daughter Rumer Willis, who may also be Striptease's most likable performer)..."

Omaha (The Movie)
This is an expanded reprint of the Austin Chronicle review that ran in March 1995 when the film premiered in Austin at that year's SXSW Film Festival. ///// “Nebraska is...
Film Review  April 12, 1996, by Alison Macor
"...Just exactly what the governor means is incidental, as is much of the wacky plot in which Simon (Walkinshaw), a young man intent on spiritual awakening, returns from Nepal to his family home in Omaha only to be jettisoned on an interstate chase because of some valuable holy rocks and some greedy Colombians named Jorge (Bee) and Gustavo (Dukes). His overzealous and oversexed co-pilot is high school friend Gina (Anderson), whose kickboxing skills are particularly helpful in detaining the Colombians as well as FBI agents and roving gangs of Iowa kickboxers..."

Rumble in the Bronx
This fast-paced, funny film served as America's introduction to Jackie Chan and the hyperactive world of Hong Kong action filmmaking.
Film Review  February 23, 1996, by Joey O'Bryan
"...After suckering a plucky young businesswoman (the delightful Anita Mui) into buying the gang-plagued store, Chan's uncle quickly skips town with his new bride, leaving Chan alone to defend both the supermarket and its new owner from the violent troublemakers who control the area. Throw in romantic subplots involving a pretty gang-banger with a heart of gold, a bagful of stolen diamonds, and a group of killers posing as the FBI, and the stage is set for a lively, action-packed romp that, while certainly far from original or intellectually stimulating, dishes out the type of crazed stuntwork and brilliantly choreographed action that longtime fans have come to expect from Chan..."

Deep Six
News Column  January 19, 1996
"...But at least we are all being truthful about our pasts now, right? Wrong. The Statesman's January 7 bio of Oliver Revell, the former FBI assistant director hired to investigate the ex-UT football player's whereabouts, neglected any mention of his close relationship with Oliver North, his subsequent testimony at the Iran/Contra hearings, or his approval of surveillance of U.S..."

Arts Story  July 14, 1995
"...Justly or not, the FBI billed her as the "first female serial killer." Following her capture, the sensational Florida murders to which Aileen Wuornos confessed in 1991 quickly inspired a TV movie called Overkill starring Jean Smart, as well as a several articles and true crime books, one of which, Dead Ends, was authored by writer and former Austinite Michael Reynolds, who is interviewed by director Broomfield for this documentary. As documentaries go, Aileen Wuornos comes from the same tradition as Michael Moore's Roger and Me and Errol Morris' Thin Blue Line: works shaped by the interventions of participatory narrator/directors who probe issues of justice and social distortion..."

Books, Books, Books
The Summer of '95
Books Story  June 2, 1995
"...Focused on a small, depraved segment of the population, Ellroy's novels probe the underworld with microscopic intensity, and show how the crimes of a few create a web of complicity. No one spins a captivating, sprawling yarn as well as Ellroy, and the sprawl reaches global proportions in Tabloid, as two ex-FBI men and a former L.A..."

Die Hard With a Vengeance
Continuing the unlikely adventures of beleaguered NYPD cop John McClane (Willis), this third installment unfortunately forsakes much of the occasionally clever, somewhat wry dialogue and situations of its predecessors in...
Film Review  May 19, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...Simon's first move leaves the blurry-eyed, recently awakened cop wandering around central Harlem wearing a sandwich board emblazoned with a racist slogan guaranteed to render him deceased within in a matter of minutes. To his aid comes shop owner and reluctant sidekick-to-be Zeus Carver (Jackson), who saves McClane's life not because he's a good Samaritan, but because “one dead white cop in Harlem suddenly means hundreds more with itchy trigger fingers.” While the two run around the city on various wild goose chases designed to get them killed, the FBI and Company gamely try to figure out who's behind all this McClane-directed violence that's making New York even more hazardous than usual (which should be fairly obvious from the film's title)..."

After years of floating around Hollywood, the story of the Black Panther Party has finally made it to the screen, and though some critics have already begun to point out...
Film Review  May 5, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...The Panthers were, of course, rewarded with ever-increasing harassment from Hoover's COINTELPRO, bloodshed, and ostracism from some elements of their own community, chief among them the drug dealers and thugs who preferred life without the Panthers' community policing. When Judge is contacted by the FBI and forced into becoming a government stoolie (to a degree -- he has the consent of both Newton and Seale, who find this a favorable way to feed the feds misinformation), he finds himself caught between his love of the Panther party and a very legitimate fear for his life..."

The Pelican Brief
All the President's Men meets The Parallax View by way of John Grisham. Pakula returns once again to the fertile fields of conspiracy in high places (perhaps he should think...
Film Review  December 17, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Supreme Court justices and summarily records it in the titular brief. By way of her mentor/lover Shepard, the brief makes the rounds in Washington, popping up in hushed conversations at the CIA, FBI, and, eventually, the Oval Office..."

The Firm
With The Firm, Tom Cruise has descended from A Few Good Men to A Few Bad Men. Though he's still working his way through the lawyer genre here, this time...
Film Review  July 2, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It's a story for our times about a kid with no money who graduates near the top of his class from Harvard Law School and is then seduced by the wealth, perks and camaraderie offered by a conservative Memphis law firm. By the time he realizes that the nature of the firm's business requires either his criminal participation or his premature death, he's left to his own devices to sort out the mess, since he neither trusts the government nor its FBI intermediaries to protect his survival..."

Forever Young
Ah, the sweet, sentimental, sacrificial nature of lost love slipping beyond the veil of the unknown -- through the death or disappearance. How well this formula has the ability to...
Film Review  December 18, 1992, by Pamela Bruce
"...Once thawed, McCormick wanders (almost too comfortably) into his new life, trying to re-establish contact with his scientist friend, and becomes involved in the lives of the young boy who discovered him and his mother (Curtis). But, meanwhile, Big Brother in the form of the FBI and the military soon decide to close in on the case of this “misplaced popsicle,” and time begins to run out for McCormick to regain a fragment of his lost past..."

Three Ninjas
Preceded by the humorous animated short Petal to the Metal (which features the screen debut of Disney's newest toon star, the bumbling bobcat Bonkers), 3 Ninjas is long on promises...
Film Review  August 14, 1992, by Pamela Bruce
"...The first third of the narrative has a telltale essence evoking The Karate Kid -- complete with a Sixtyish Japanese grandfather/martial arts mentor (Wong) and three, as opposed to one, young proteges (Treanor, Slade, and Power). Meanwhile, a flimsy plot tries vainly to pull itself into coherent shape involving the boys' father -- an FBI agent (McRae) -- who is hot on the heels of yet another sleazy, international-thug-in-an-Armani-suit-and-ponytail (Kingsley)..."

Village Idiot Alex Jones Must Spill His Secrets
Lawsuits by Sandy Hook families want to look at Infowars’ books
News Story  January 17, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled on Friday that plaintiffs in a defamation lawsuit against Jones, alleging a "campaign of harassment" following the Sandy Hook school shooting, could access the financial records of Jones and Infowars, the unaccountably popular multimedia platform from which he proliferates his nonsense – including the theory that Sandy Hook was a "false flag" hoax designed to gin up support for stricter gun laws. (Note that 20 children under the age of 7, along with seven adults and the shooter, died in the 2012 massacre.) The ruling could give the plaintiffs – relatives of children and adults killed in the massacre and an FBI agent who responded to the shooting – access to the internal communications and marketing strategies at Infowars, a step the plaintiffs' lawyers described as necessary to understand the planning and coordination that went into perpetuating the Sandy Hook conspiracy theory..."

SXSW Adds 102 Movies to 2019 Film Festival Lineup
After Us, what else does the film fest have in store?
DAILY SXSW  January 16, 2019, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Day Shall Come D: Chris Morris (UK, U.S.) An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams..."

The Top 10 Austin News Milestones of 2018
Days like these
News Story  December 27, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison, Mary Tuma, Nina Hernandez, Sarah Marloff, Austin Sanders and Michael King
"...But the second attack, which killed 17-year-old Mason, a student at East Austin College Prep and member of the Austin Youth Orchestra poised for a successful musical career, was followed within hours by an explosion in Montopolis that grievously wounded 75-year-old Esperanza Herrera. At that point, during South by Southwest, the shaken city knew a serial killer was loose in its midst; an army of FBI and ATF agents came to assist then-Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley in the investigation..."

Rape Kit Backlog Cleared: Now What?
Advocates still uncertain of what’s being done with the results
News Story  November 15, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Forensic magazine reported in October on six contamination "incidents" at the lab, and the Texas Forensic Science Commission (which audited APD's lab prior to its shutdown) has, since July, been reviewing the lab's operations. Forensic notes that APD notified TFSC of the contamination issues after being alerted by the Kentucky State Police, which is helping APD upload test results into CODIS, the FBI's national DNA database (a 2011 Texas law authored by then-Sen..."

More Drama for Dusterhoft
Complaint alleges APD commander procured drugs
DAILY News  November 12, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Feeling recently that the IA investigation into Dusterhoft had stalled, she today filed a criminal complaint regarding the alleged drug offense. Childers said that she plans to send copies of the complaint by certified mail to APD, the FBI, the DEA, Gov..."

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