I posed a straight forward question to State Representative Terri Hodge, “Who pays your rent?” I already knew the answer to that question as a result of digging day and night into corruption allegations at Dallas City Hall. Hodge stared into the camera like the proverbial deer caught in headlights. A deafening silence followed. Finally Hodge blurted out, “Mr. Riggs. I have, no comment!” Everything about her body language and tone said guilty and her response entered the lexicon of … Continue Reading »
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA OCTOBER 2004
In the space of a few minutes, Air Force Captain Catherine Platt says she makes a surreal trip from a pitched battle over Iraq to the choreographed musical fountains in front of the luxurious Bellagio Casino on the Las Vegas strip.
The six-year veteran intelligence officer flies into combat zones half way around the world without ever leaving the ground at her Nevada air base, “You definitely feel that you … Continue Reading »
OVER NEW YORK CITY–The crisp blue sky over New York City resembled the day that dawned on September 11, 2001 three years ago. Ground zero could be clearly seen from the cockpit of F-15 fighters circling above Manhattan Island at twenty-three thousand feet.
That was my vantage point from the back seat of an F-15 of the 71st Fighter Squadron known as the “Ironmen” during a combat air patrol that protected the President.
It’s hours of boredom punctuated by seconds … Continue Reading »
The Investigation Discovery Channel show “I Almost Got Away With It” recently featured me in an hour long profile about Dennis Wayne Hope, Texas most notorious escapee from a state jail and a prison. Hope is the real life “Cool Hand Luke”.
Here’s the story behind the story. In 1994, I covered Hope’s escape from the Texas prison system and the manhunt that followed. Dennis talked to me inside the Dallas County Jail after his capture by fugitive hunters from … Continue Reading »