Houston’s Crimes and Mis, er… felonies. And serious ones at that

Ripped from the headlines! (Well, Law and Order wouldn’t want to rip this particular Houston murder from the headlines… the show would last about five minutes.)

Anyway, I love a good murder mystery. Here’s a story about a murder from yesterday’s Houston Chronicle. Let’s see if you can solve the case! (or at least come up with a suspect to question.)

The story from The Chron’s Dale Lezon:

Houston police are investigating the stabbing death of man early this morning near downtown.

Investigators said a man was found dead in an apartment about 4 a.m. in the 3300 block of Houston Avenue. He had been stabbed at least once.

A woman who lives in the apartment said she didn’t know who had killed the man, police said.

The man, who has not been identified, was found on a blood-soaked bed, police said. A knife was on the bed near him.

Police said that the victim was believed to be the boyfriend of the woman, but he had apparently broken off their relationship.

Hmmmmmmm, Watson. I’m just stumped on where to begin!

My other favorite Houston story this week is about the dad who beat his son “in a violent attempt to remove demons from his body.”

Here’s the latest from The Chron’s Lezon, who’s been tearing up the crime beat:

Both parents of a 3-year-old southwest Harris County boy beat him with bamboo sticks and poked his feet with chopsticks in a violent attempt to remove demons from his body, a prosecutor said today in a court hearing.

Assistant Harris County District Attorney Darin Darby, citing a witness statement from the boy’s 6-year-old sister, today presented new details of the attack to state District Judge Debbie Mantooth Stricklin in the case against Phung Tran, 36.

She and her husband, Jacky Tran, 35, are charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury, a first-degree felony. He was arrested at the scene, but his wife was charged Monday.

Both face up to life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say the parents, devout Buddhists and vegetarians, believed demons entered the boy through meat he ate.

Medics flew the boy to the hospital, where he was being treated for multiple skull fractures…

Boy, I just don’t know where to begin on this one… it’s just too easy! I guess all I’ll say is that the next time I’m on an airplane with a screaming child, I’ll let the parents know that I have the secret formula to getting the demons out of the little nit and proceed to whack the cretin with a sock full of quarters until the crying stops.

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2 responses to “Houston’s Crimes and Mis, er… felonies. And serious ones at that

  1. Strangely enough, I read the first story aloud to Kev last night. I just found the timeline…curious. Yeah, yeah, blood-soaked bed, knife, dead man on the bed, these are important story elements, but estranged girlfriend prolly merits a more prominent mention than in the final sentence.

    Unless we’re playing a game of Clue.

  2. I’m here with Scoob and the gang. We think the murderer is actually old Mr. Gillicuty who dressed up as a ghost to scare any other renters away from the property in order to lower property values, so he could purchase the property for a song!

    Now you’ll excuse me… We’re going to prove our theory by creating an overly complex trap to capture the villain…

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