Tag: Texas

Joe Ball “The Alligator Man”

Joseph D. Ball (January 7, 1896 – September 24, 1938) was an American serial killer, sometimes referred to as “The Alligator Man”, the “Butcher of Elmendorf” and the “Bluebeard of South Texas”. He is known to have killed two and is said to have killed as many as 20 women in the 1930s. His existence was long believed to be apocryphal, but he is a familiar figure in Texas folklore. His great-great grandfather was John Hart Crenshaw, the notorious illegal slave trader, kidnapper, and illegal slave breeder in Gallatin County, […]

JFK Assassination

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m. while riding in a motorcade in Dallas during a campaign visit. Kennedy’s motorcade was turning past the Texas School Book Depository at Dealey Plaza with crowds lining the streets when shots rang out. The driver of the president’s Lincoln limousine, with its top off, raced to nearby Parkland Memorial Hospital, but after being shot in the neck and head, Kennedy was pronounced […]

USS Lexington “The Blue Ghost”

There’s a reason why people have called the Lexington Museum on the Bay one of the most haunted places in America. There are things that cannot be explained on the decommissioned World War II aircraft carrier, including ghostly touches and shadowy figures roaming the decks. Charles “Rusty” Reustle, director of operations and exhibits, said the museum receives hundreds of reports of supernatural” activity each year. Among the most famous sightings are a sailor dressed in uniform helping lost guests find their way back to […]

Menger Haunted Hotel

In 1858 the Mengers hired an architect, John M. Fries, along with a contractor, J. H. Kampmann, to complete the two-story, 50-room hotel. Up until this point most accommodations in San Antonio were boarding houses, and there were few breweries. The Menger hotel opened in February 1859 and became an overnight success. Less than 25 years after the Battle of the Alamo, the Menger Hotel opened its doors to a motley bunch of travelers in […]

The I-45 Killer(s)

Since the 1970s over 30 bodies have been recovered in and around a small section of land close to Interstate 45, several miles north of Houston, Texas. Many of these bodies were those of murdered young women, leading investigators to believe an unidentified serial killer remains at large. The proximity to the interstate and relative remoteness of the “Texas Killing Fields” has police convinced the murderer makes frequent use of the freeway. Fortunately, it’s been […]

Burning Son’s

Edward Graf Jr., 62, was first convicted in 1988 of burning 9-year-old Joby Graf and 8-year-old Jason Graf to death in a shed behind their Hewitt home in 1986, but after nearly a quarter of a century in jail, he was granted a new trial in 2013 after expert testimony refuted the arson evidence used in his first trial. After years of maintaining that the 1986 fire that killed his two stepsons in a suburban […]

Roberto Moreno Ramos

A Mexican citizen on death row in Texas was executed Wednesday night for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more than 26 years ago. Roberto Moreno Ramos was condemned for the 1992 deaths of his 42-year-old wife Leticia, 7-year-old daughter Abigail, and 3-year-old son Jonathan at their home in Progreso, located along the Mexico border. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals turned down Ramos’ […]