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Crime and Justice in East Texas

Crime Behind the Pine Curtain Valerie Reddell

    • Society & Culture

Crime and Justice in East Texas

    Robbery spree ends with arrests

    Robbery spree ends with arrests

    March 10, 1978, a pair of bank robbers kidnapped John A. Gaylord, above left, hostage at his home and forced him to go to the bank and take money from the vault.



    FBI agents eventually arrested Mickey Clark at a Houston motel. He was charged with kidnapping and bank robbery, as well as several earlier robberies in Livingston.



    Raymond Herman Hicks of Galveston was arrested and charged with kidnapping and two counts of aggravated robbery for the grocery store holdups.

    • 16 min
    33 Who killed Billy Mac Fleming?

    33 Who killed Billy Mac Fleming?

    Billy Mac FlemingBilly Mac Fleming was a teacher/coach at Hull-Daisetta school district until his disappearance on April 12, 1985. Dick DeGuerin, left, and Hurley Fontenot, are swarmed by reporters after a Polk County jury found Fontenot not guilty in 1986. John Martin, the 2nd 9th District Judge, holds up his hands in mock surrender when confronted by reporters. Hurley Fontenot



    Opinions expressed on Crime Behind the Pine Curtain are those of the individuals appearing in this episode. No statement in this broadcast represents the official opinion of the United States Air Force.



    Written by Valerie Reddell



    Music by Billy Eli



    Sound by Jim Powers

    33 Who killed Billy Mac Fleming?

    33 Who killed Billy Mac Fleming?

    Billy Mac Fleming was a teacher/coach at Hull-Daisetta school district until his disappearance on April 12, 1985. Dick DeGuerin, left, and Hurley Fontenot, are swarmed by reporters after a Polk County jury found Fontenot not guilty in 1986. John Martin, the 2nd 9th District Judge, holds up his hands in mock surrender when confronted by reporters.



    Opinions expressed on Crime Behind the Pine Curtain are those of the individuals appearing in this episode. No statement in this broadcast represents the official opinion of the United States Air Force.



    Written by Valerie Reddell



    Music by Billy Eli



    Sound by Jim Powers

    • 43 min
    31 The Family Annihilator

    31 The Family Annihilator

    Eva Lou Thompson-Saad (left), her husaband Edmond Mitra “Tres” Saad III and the couple’s son, Edmond Mitra Saad IV. This family and Eva Lou’s mother were fatally shot in 2004.



    On September 2, 2004, Floyd Thompson walked into the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and told the dispatcher he needed to report a fire. Deputies accompanied Thompson back to his home at the Escapees Park about five miles south of Livingston.



    When firefighters arrived they discovered four people dead inside the burning home. Over the next few hours first responders unveiled a tragic story.

    • 26 min
    30 Livingston burns

    30 Livingston burns

    Downtown Livingston circa 1902. The courthouse is shown on the left behind the drug store. Ben Lewis photo



    A battle between prohibitionists and imbibers led to the fiery destruction of downtown Livingston in 1902. Residents rallied to keep commerce going and rebuild the small railroad town.

    • 33 min
    30 Livingston Burns

    30 Livingston Burns

    Downtown Livingston circa 1902. The courthouse is shown on the left behind the drug store. Ben Lewis photo



    A battle between prohibitionists and imbibers led to the fiery destruction of downtown Livingston in 1902. Residents rallied to keep commerce going and rebuild the small railroad town.

    • 33 min

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