The unsolved murders of young Karen and Gordon Alexander have haunted Texarkana for more than 40 years.
In April 1981, Karen, 14, and Gordon, 13, were found brutally stabbed to death in their Arkansas-side home.
Infamous serial killer Henry Lee Lucas later claimed to be the murderer, but his confession was found to be false.
The case went cold, but interest has recently increased, in large part because of a Facebook group focused on finding justice for Karen and Gordon.
That new spotlight on the case attracted the attention of this episode's guest.
Texarkana native Cheryl Hester is an expert in the emerging science of forensic genealogy.
Karl and Cheryl talked about what that means and how her skills just might lead to a breakthrough in the Alexander case.
Lynn LaRowe's name is very familiar to Texarkana Gazette readers. As the Gazette's longtime legal affairs reporter, Lynn has covered the biggest local crime stories of the last 15 years, as well as hundreds of other cases and lawsuits. For this week's episode, host Karl Richter spoke with her about her career, how she does her work and the insights it has given her. And she previewed some of the stories she is working on now. ...
When Houston-area technology professional Benny Prince began researching his Ark-La-Tex roots, he had no idea he would meet a character literally larger than life. James Wesley “Big Jim” Patterson, Prince’s great uncle, stood out in the family story as much as his reported 8 foot, 4 inch height stood out among residents of Bloomburg, Texas, where he died on Halloween 1920. A trove of heirloom documents, including rare vintage photos, told Prince the tale of Patterson’s life as a circus sideshow performer, businessman and member of a family that played an important role in the history of Cass County. Now Prince is working on a book about Big Jim and hopes someone out there can tell him even more about the giant billed by Sells Brothers Circus as “The World’s Tallest Man.” This episode was first released Sept. 26, 2021. LINKS Kickstarter: "Out of the Borderlands into the Big Top," by Benny E. Prince Email Benny Prince ...
Colleagues, friends and loved ones share their thoughts and memories about the late Aaron Brand. Aaron died unexpectedly the weekend of Oct. 2 at his home after a two-decade career as the Texarkana Gazette's features reporter, covering culture, arts and entertainment, among other subjects. Closing music: "I'll Be Seeing You" performed by Marc-Andre Bougie and Candace Taylor. ...