Alex Hannaford

Alex Hannaford writes about the death penalty, crime, prisons, religion and human interest issues for the Telegraph, Times and Guardian in the UK, and to GQ, The Nation and the Texas Observer.


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Criminal Justice

A Man Was Murdered Here

Searching for clues to the life and death of William Greer.

The murder of a homeless man, William Greer, was one of only two Austin homicides from 2012 that remain unsolved. Read More

Blogs, The Whole Star

Will Swearingen Be Allowed DNA Test Before Execution Date?

Larry Swearingen's case has been taken on by the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people. And in a motion filed today, the group’s lawyers have asked District Judge Kelly Case to allow post-conviction DNA testing in order to prove Swearingen’s innocence. Read More

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Heritage of Abuse

A Texas Observer investigation has found allegations of child sex abuse involving at least six members of the Homestead Heritage community. Three members have been convicted of sexually assaulting minors. Read More

Criminal Justice

Is Larry Swearingen Innocent?

Nine forensic experts say Swearingen is on death row for a murder he couldn’t have committed, yet Texas courts won’t grant a new trial.

Nine forensic experts say Swearingen is on death row for a murder he couldn’t have committed, yet Texas courts won’t grant a new trial. Read More

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Criminal Justice

Highway Injustice

Texas leads the nation in unsolved serial highway homicides. Could interstate cooperation deliver closure?

The picture shown to the jurors was enough to haunt them for a lifetime: a young girl with jet-black hair and pale skin, staring at the camera, her hands held up like she’s fending off an attacker. Sometime after the photo was taken, 14-year-old Regina Walters, a runaway from Pasadena, Texas, was strangled with baling wire and her body abandoned in that same barn. Read More

Features

A ‘Black Gold’ Rush in Cotulla

Ralph Ayala pulls up to the Brush Country Museum, parks his truck, and hops out, leaving the engine running. It’s 100 degrees outside and he doesn’t want to come back to a baking vehicle. Just inside the museum’s entrance, a … Read More

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