Texas Cases

Hate Crime? Or something else Sinister?

It was on  May 10th, 1996, when Juan “Leon” Laureles  of Bangs, (Texas)  was found shot to death near his burning 1988 Ford Thunderbird off FM 2126 in the town of Brownwood, Texas. Mr. Laureles left his home in Bangs at around 11:30 pm, and he worked that night in Brownwood at the Krogers where he worked the graveyard shift. At 12:30 am, a motorist made a disturbing call to 911 to report that they saw a burning vehicle off FM 2126. After firefighters and deputies responded, the fire had been extinguished and found the 30 year olds body was found a few feet away from a gunshot in the back of the head.

At the time, investigators were on the lookout for an unknown model pickup, possibly a one-ton, possibly red and off-white or beige with no bed on the truck. The truck was seen in the area prior to the time where Leon’s body had been found. 

Juan "Leon" Laureless murdered in Brownwood, Texas in 1996. Was it a hate crime?According to a 2008 article in the Brownwood Bulletin Newspaper, Leon had told a sibling a short time before he was slain that certain individuals were angry at him and he was unsure why.

There is one theory that the murder could have been a “Hate Crime” due to Laureles being gay.  

Laureless did not live or engage in a high-risk lifestyle and spent much of his free time at the home he shared with his brother.

A private investigator was hired by family members and the investigator revealed to family members that they received death threats.   Not much information was revealed to the family by the investigator after that.  

If you have any information regarding Mr. Laureles’s homicide or events leading up to it, please reach out and contact the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at (325) 646-5510  or visit http://www.heartoftexascrimestoppers.org/ and submit a tip through them if you wish to remain anonymous.

Who Killed Prominent Attorney


It was in broad daylight of May 13, 2016 when a fire ripped through the garage of a home in North Dallas. When the smoke cleared, the body of 68 year old Ira Tobolowsky, a prominent Attorney in the Dallas area. He had been doused with fuel and lit on fire. Tobolowsky did have people that didn’t like him. He was a Jewish Attorney who was involved civil rights work. But people think his most recent legal actions may have something to do with who killed him. He had recently sued two different men for defamation of character. The married father of three grown sons, he had received threatening emails from the son of a client that he represented successfully in court regarding in which the son was involved in an estate conflict. The son lost and may have gotten revenge. Tobolowsky had a spinal condition which limited much of his physical ability and the killer most likely knew that.

If you have information about this case, please contact the Dallas Police Department at 214-671-3001. There is a $25,000 dollar reward for information that will lead to a conviction in this homicide.

UPDATE: 4-28-2022 Long time suspect Steven Benton Aubrey has been arrested for the murder of Toblowsky.   For more information click here:


Are There Secrets in the Murder of Young Woman?


Brittany McGlone was murdered on May 4, 2007 in Winnsboro, Wood County, Texas. She was found inside her boyfriend’s home near Lake Winnsboro along County Road 4837 and had died from massive head trauma. Someone had beaten her to death. Her boyfriend and his family claimed that they found her body when they returned their house. It is believed that Brittney was murdered between the times of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The boyfriend lived in the house with his mother, step-father and two half siblings. It is possible that someone entered the house and killed 19 year old Brittney. However, there are many questions to be asked in this investigation.For nearly a decade, her family has been looking for answers and justice in her case. If you have any information about this case please contact the Wood County Sheriff’s Department (903) 763-2201. Her family has set up a go fund me page to increase a reward for information about who killed her.http://www.gofundme.com/brittanymcglone So far there is a thousand dollar reward.

A Brutal Discovery, and a Bigger Mystery

Courtesy photo Shelley Watkins, 32 years old when this picture was taken in 1989, was murdered in 1993. No one has been prosecuted for her death. Henderson County investigators are taking another look at this 'cold case.'

It was Labor Day in 1993 when three men went fishing in the Trinity River just west of Seven Points in Texas and made a catch they never will forget. They found the body of a white female that was wrapped in black trash bags and bound with gray duct tape. The woman was clothed but weighted down with two cement blocks and secured with chains. The deceased was eventually identified as 36-year-old Corsicana socialite Shelly Walkins. Watkins was last seen publicly on September 6, 1993, at a family gathering in the Ruth Springs addition which is located near the Key Ranch Estate on Cedar Creek Lake.Charges were eventually brought up against Shelly’s husband but were dropped when it was discovered that a Henderson County’s district attorney at the time was looking to be bribed to make the charges disappear. He was eventually arrested but charges were never filed again in the murder of Shelly Watkins and the case remains unsolved.

If you have any information about this murder please contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department at 903-675-5128.

New Year’s Day Brings Horrible Discovery


A haunting mystery happened in the town of Vidor in Texas on January 1, 1984. The partial remains of a young white female was found in a field located in proximity to 1005 Ridgewood Street near FM 1135, which is south of at the Highway 1132 overpass for Interstate 10. Few details are known about the deceased. Her age could be between 12 and 20 years of age. She had brown hair that was 2 inches in length. They think she was around five feet

tall but could possibly be shorter. Victim did have fillings in some teeth and could have worn braces at one time. There were a few items found in the possession of the victim. A green comb as well as a blue-green and white Present Company or Penney Company pullover terry cloth short-sleeved shirt. The item had an elastic waistband and was between the sizes 9-12, possibly

Junior. The deceased female was believed to have been decapitated.If you have any information about this case, please call the Texas Department of Public Safety at 512-424-5074 or 1-800-346-3243. For additional information about this case visit https://identifyus.org/en/cases/4574

Famous Football Player and the Mystery that Haunts Him


University of Missouri student Michael Sam made history in February of 2014, when the college football standout came out as gay. He was the first “openly gay” college player drafted in the National Football League. If his struggles being the first of his kind in Football is difficult, his childhood was even more trying and even tragic. He lost a sister who drowned as a baby, had a brother shot to death and another brother who is missing.Julian Sam went missing on October 16, 1998 from the town of La Marque, Texas. At the time of his disappearance, he was five foot four and weighed one hundred and thirty pounds. The last person to see him was Michael Sam. Julian was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, Blue jeans and black sneakers. His nicknames were Pick or Ice Pic. He would be in his thirties if found today. If you have any information please contact the La Marque Police Department at 1-409-938-9269.

Family wants Resolution and Justice


Gabriel Gutierrez was shot to death on September 9, 1972 at 2303 Rivas in San Antonio. Earlier Law Enforcement had responded to a critical incident with shots fired. When they arrived at 27th and Poplar Street they found a White 1963 Chevrolet empty with no one around. Around the time of the homicide two men described as “Hippies” were seen running from the area. There may have been a woman who was with them at the time who may have been a witness.If you have information on this homicide, contact the San Antonio Police Department Cold Case Squad at 210-207-7635.

Who Killed Man Out For A Walk With Dog


The wife and family of a 52 year old man is still looking for answers as to who killed him. George Hawkins was a Postal worker who was a victim of homicide on October 26th 2010 at the 2200 block of Elmwood Drive in the Sutter Creek Apartment ComplexDrive in Arlington. He was walking his dog, a Shih Tzu at 8am when neighbors heard gunshots. Hawkins had just been married not too long ago.If you have information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of George Hawkins please call the Arlington Police Department Homicide at 817-459-5325. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS (8477)to submit a tip. You can remain anonymous.

Double Murder Unsolved More Than Seven Decades Ago

It was a case in 1938, that shocked the state of Texas. Forty-Six year old mother Hazel From and her twenty-three year old daughter Nancy were tortured and shot to death in late March to early April. They had set out from Berkely, California to meet a family member in South Carolina. There vehicle was found abandoned west of Balmorhea. LAw Enforcement at the time believed that they were forced off the road and taken into the desert where they were burned with cigarettes and beaten. They both died from gunshot wounds to the left temple but they were not sexually assaulted. Some jewelry was missing from the victims but other valuable items were not. Robbery was a possible motive, but why was some items not taken. It is possible that they were killed because their assailants thought they were hiding something valuable. In other words a possible case of mistaken identity. One of the victims also had biological material under her fingernails which indicated a physical struggle. The case is cold and remains a mystery. Who would want to kill and innocent mother and daughter.

Murders of Mother and her Three Children Still Haunt the Police


It was one of the worst murder scenes in the history of Lubbock, Texas. It was in October of 2004 when Tammie Cooper, a 45 year old mother along with her 11 year old daughter Mahogany Jasmine Allen and twin 9-year-old sons KaDiece and Kasheem Allen were brutally beaten and stabbed to death in their apartment number 4101 at Windcrest Estacado located at 512 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. It is believed that just before the murders, Cooper was on the phone with a friend.


The friend told police that Tammy hear a knock at the door and was ordered by a man to “get off the phone” and “that we need to talk”. The friend also reported that Cooper was surprised that the man found her.

She told her friend that the man’s name was Butch, that he was black and not from the Lubbock area.Cooper and her children have lived in Dallas prior to her moving to Lubbock. It is possible that Butch could have been from Dallas and knew the family. If you have any information about this case please call the Lubbock police at (806) 775-2865.

Brutal Yogurt Shop Murders Still Unsolved

December 6, 1991, police and firefighters responded to a fire at the “I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt” shop on West Anderson Lane in Austin, Texas. . A grisly discovery was made when the naked bodies of four teenage girls lay on the floor of the shop. They had been bound with their own clothes and each shot in the head. The victims were identified as 13-year-old Amy Ayers, 17-year-old Eliza Thomas, 17-year-old Jennifer Harbison and her 15-year-old sister Sarah Harbison. Police say they believe the killers forced the girls to remove their clothes and then used the clothes to bound and gag them. Each girl was shot in the head with a .22-caliber gun. Autopsy reports indicated that Amy was shot twice in the head, once with a .22-caliber and once with a .380-caliber. The murderers stacked Eliza, Jennifer and Sarah in a pile and poured a type of accelerant and lit them on fire and fled the scene.Police believe the killers were looking for cash because the register had a “no sale” ring at 11:03 p.m., which suggests someone opened the register. Several people were suspects and there was even a conviction that was overturned. Another person of interest was killed in a shootout with police.


If you have any information about this case, please call (512) 477-3588.

Were Two Savage Murders Done by the Same Person?

calcuttaMary Calcutta was found as a victim of a brutal homicide in her apartment at the Orchard Apartments in the 5900 block of Glenmont in southwest Houston on August 10, 1979. She had been violently slashed and stabbed in a murder that even horrified the hardened detectives who investigated many other murders. She was 27 and moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to get a new start. According to police, she fought hard against her attacker and was sexually assaulted. Her murder was the second in a matter of weeks in the complex.

Two floors beneath where she lived, Alys Elaine Rankin was found savagely murdered on July 27, 1979. She had been bound, sexually assaulted and decapitated. Her head was never found.Houston Police believe that both women were likely killed by the same individual. If you have any information about these brutal murders please contact the Harris County Detective Bureau at 713-967-5710.

Mother of Two Murdered in her own Home


Kathleen Suckley, was 29 year old mother of two, when on April 8, 1993 she was murdered in her home in Corpus Christi. Her two young sons were in her house at Meandering Lane when she was stabbed to death. At the time of her death, she worked as a physical trainer for Future Firm Athletic Club in Corpus Christi. The case is even more tragic as her oldest son struggled with his mother’s death and eventually died from an accidental drug overdose. If you have any information about this case please contact the Texas Rangers at 1-800-346-3243.

Murder of Couple An Execution


Sometime during the morning of May 25, 2006 Cora McAbee (42 years of age) and Brandon Howel (29 years of age) were found executed inside McAbee’s home on Private/County Road 2174, just off of Farm-To-Market Road 1903 south of Greenville. Police believe they were slain as the couple slept, They were shot several times at close range between 11 p.m. May 24 and 6:38 a.m. May 25.


McAbee and Howell had been dating for about a week. McAbee owned Cora’s Country Café before her death, Howell owned a lawn service.If you have any information about this case please call the Hunt County Sheriff’s office at 903-453-6815.


This site is NOT a registered non-profit organization and any donations will NOT be tax-deductible. If you wish to donate a small amount of money to help with site research, it is much appreciated.