ICYMI: A string of errors in Houston serial rape case led to more attacks

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Serial Indifference: A Rape Investigation
by Anita Hassan
@anitasnews 

Jenny met her rapist at a bus stop near the Fiesta in Midtown. She was living on the streets in May 2013, a 22-year-old suffering from bipolar disorder. She hadn’t showered in four weeks and wanted a change of clothes.Keith Edward Hendricks introduced himself as “Slim” and said he could help.

 Her subsequent sexual assault was part of a long series of rapes committed by the same offender who’d escaped time after time, as this four-part Chronicle investigation shows.


Part 1 of the Houston Chronicle’s investigation shows how a dedicated detective first picked up Slim’s trail back 2007. Part 2 reveals why some of the rape victims who reported him to police never got to testify against him. 

Part 3 details how Slim avoided a rape conviction in 2010, instead serving time on a lesser charge in a generous plea deal. The fourth and final part of the series delves into the crime that finally put him away – but also landed a rape victim behind bars.

Houston chef accused of purchasing protected fish from unlicensed fishermen
By Alison Cook
@AlisonCook

Houston chef and restaurateur Bruce Molzan has has been a player in the local restaurant scene for four decades. Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff / Houston Chronicle

Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff

Houston chef and restaurateur Bruce Molzan has has been a player in the local restaurant scene for four decades.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department cited prominent Houston chef and restaurateur Bruce Molzan with buying large quantities of protected fish from a network of unlicensed commercial fishermen that may rank as the largest illegal fishing case in Texas history. Read the full story about the bizarre accusation against the founder of Ruggles restaurants..

She believed her mom died peacefully. Two years later, a nurse wrote to say what really happened
By Mike Hixenbaugh
@Mike_Hixenbaugh

For nearly two years, Cris Chapa blamed herself for her mother’s death. She worried that she should have made better decisions. Then, in January, an anonymous letter arrived in the mail from one of the nurses at the Sugar Land hospital where her mother had died.

That’s when Chapa learned her mom had died  after a doctor performed an invasive operation without her consent. Two years later, only one person has been punished: The nurse was fired after who reporting the incident to the state.

Among the documents mailed to Cris Chapa in January: This citation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which found her mother's rights had been violated at Kindred Sugard Land Hospital.

Among the documents mailed to Cris Chapa in January: This citation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which found her mother’s rights had been violated at Kindred Sugard Land Hospital.

Pasadena officials question voting rights appeal
By Mark Collette
@chronMC

In a sign of waning confidence in its own controversial redistricting plan, the Pasadena City Council voted Tuesday to withhold payment from the law firm that’s trying to prove the plan doesn’t discriminate against Hispanics.

Hyperloop envisions Texans traveling in tubes at 700 mph
By Dug Begley
@DugBegley

One day the tedious and congested Loop 610 could be replaced with a “hyperloop” for high speec trains that could make traveling from Houston to San Antonio, Austin or Dallas as short as a drive to Galveston.

The proposal for a Hyperloop between Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas would include stops, similar to trains stations, in the metro areas, as shown in these renderings by AECOM. Photo: Rendering Courtesy AECOM

Photo: Rendering Courtesy AECOM

The proposal for a Hyperloop between Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas would include stops, similar to trains stations, in the metro areas, as shown in these renderings by AECOM.

All four cities could be reached in a little less than two hours, give or take. Some far sooner, via a system that would feel a lot like flying in a commercial plane, but in a closed tube across the ground.


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