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viii Acknowledgments Anyone who knows my wife, Laura, can only be amazed at her patience and tolerance. The evil world of mass murder and serial killing is completely foreign to her interests. And yet, this is the third book on that subject she has proofed and edited. She is an expert writer and editor, who helped to craft a first-rate book. She has endured the same stories dozens of times—with grace. Our four children, Charlie, Mark, Amy, and Anna remind me that the world has many more good people than bad. They, and my brothers, Black and Keno, save me from despair. At The University of Texas at Austin I shamelessly exploited my friendships with Bruce Walker, Geoff Leavenworth, Kathie Fagan, Michael Washington, Mark Long, Maryann Ruddock, Arturo Mancha, and Gary Speer, all of whom looked over this work after the end of their long workdays. Deane Willis of the International Office gave me valuable assistance in the area of travel/business/ tourist permits and visas. I am truly indebted to each of the persons I interviewed (listed in Notes on Sources.) Some of them went beyond sacrificing their valuable time for an interview to helping me secure other forms of information. The Honorable Judge Gerry Holden Meier, who had never before granted a formal interview, patiently answered every single question I asked of her, including several I posed via e-mail after my interview. Her cooperation extended beyond her retirement at the end of 2002. Norman Kinne welcomed me to his home for most of an entire day, and subsequently endured my repeated phone calls. Bill Parker drove me to the Harvest Hill Shopping Center, where the building that was once Ianni’s still stands. Charles Butts, a renowned criminal defense attorney, and a former president and charter member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, reviewed this manuscript and gave me valuable advice and information from the perspective of ACKNOWLEDGMENTS • ix defending the accused. Another friend, Crawford Long, the First Assistant District Attorney of McLennan County, Texas, did the same from a prosecutorial angle. My collaborator for a forthcoming book, Karen T. Taylor, is the world’s foremost forensic artist. Her drawing of the moment Abdelkrim Belachheb fired the first shot captured the horror of what was to come. While producing such a dramatic picture, her questions were tough and thought provoking. She and her spouse, David Griffith, a Commander of the Texas Department of Public Safety, engaged me in conversations that significantly contributed to the quality of this work. Staff of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was particularly helpful, including Larry Todd, Public Information Officer, John Moriarty, Inspector General, and Dr. Keith Price, Warden of the Clements Unit. Major Richard Duffy, also of the Clements Unit, escorted me throughout the maze of chain-link fences to every prison operation I wanted to see. At the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, the staff of District Attorney Bill Hill was especially professional. Larissa Roeder, an Assistant DA in the Appeals Section, handled my repeated and determined open records requests with patience and professionalism. The DA’s Office prosecutes tens of thousands of cases each year, so finding a specific, fully-adjudicated case prosecuted eighteen years earlier was not an easy task, but Jeff Shaw, Chief Investigator for the Dallas DA, kindly and diligently searched for the Belachheb Case file for weeks so that it could be made available for this book. Stephanie Lavake, Carolyn Rice, and Rose Gatlin of the Texas Court of Appeals, Second District, located and made available the Statement of Facts and the exhibits of the Belachheb Case. Justice Sharon Keller, Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, kindly assisted my search for court records and answered questions I had regarding searches for cases involving the multiple murder statute. x • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Librarians from the Legislative Reference Library in the Texas State Capitol, the Barker History Center, and the Perry-Castañeda Libraries of The University of Texas were very helpful in locating materials necessary to produce this book. Rebecca Rich-Wulfmeyer of the Austin History Center is more than just a librarian—she is my good friend. J. W. Thompson, now a retired homicide detective from the Austin Police Department, reviewed this work at my request and made valuable suggestions. So did A. P. Merillat, an Investigator for the Special Prosecutor’s Unit with jurisdiction over the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Also a gifted writer, A. P.’s suggestions...


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