The Trinity River Massacre
It spawned the biggest manhunt since Bonnie and Clyde, but few today remember that bloody night in 1971.
FROM D MAGAZINE JANUARY 2016 PHOTOS COURTESY OF DOUG MULDER
Rene Guzman and Leonardo Lopez lived in West Dallas and supported their drug habits with burglary. Someone in Ellis County had seen them in action and written down the plate number on Guzman’s car. That’s what brought the sheriff’s deputies to their door at 2810 Ingersoll Street on February 15, 1971, the day after Valentine’s. Read the full story here.
Read my story in The New Yorker about the Korean War Prisoner Who Never Came Home.
I am a journalist and author who likes writing about overlooked things; forgotten people, marginalized subjects, and those bizarre moments in history that somehow got overshadowed by better-known events. I have written two novels: Germania (Simon & Schuster, 2008) about the three-week reich of Hitler's unlucky successor, Karl Doenitz, and Friend of the Devil, about a blues musician forced to face off God and the Devil in Texas in 1934. I've also written for magazines about such diverse subjects as roller derby, 1970s art movements, French circus acrobats in Dallas, counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, resurrection of the 106mm recoiless rifle, the jealousy-ridden world of B-17 bomber owners, and undersea mine warfare. I also wrote the definitive article about the search for the Great Dallas Novel. My articles have appeared in The New Yorker, WIRED, Smithsonian, The Rotarian Magazine, Weider Aviation History, D Magazine, KERA Art&Seek, Defense Media Network and other publications. Visit my blog, brendanmcnallynazisanddinosaurs.blogspot.com. Twitter @100BabyChicks.
Burn After Reading
Bob Furman was a friendly neighbor and a longtime Rotarian. Top-secret documents also revealed that he’d helped build the Pentagon and the atomic bomb. Read the full story here.
The Oak Cliff Four (or Five) - A Groundbreaking, Lively, Media-savvy band of young artists that put Dallas on the art map in the the 1970s.
A bizarre story mostly set in Flensburg during the three-week reich of Hitler's successor, Admiral Doenitz.