You hear it all the time. Things are bigger in Texas. It's true. There are plenty of things I can think of that are Texas-sized. From the biggest honky tonk in Fort Worth to the tallest building in Houston and the largest football field at Texas A&M. Things in Texas are huge.

Unfortunately, that also means crime.

Texas is home to some of the most horrible acts of crime ever seen and I've got some convincing proof. What you are about to read should give no doubt as to that. Come along with me as we take a look at just some of these crimes. Warning: the below stories are graphic and disturbing. Proceed at your own risk.

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LOOK: 9 OF THE MOST HEINOUS CRIMES TO EVER HAPPEN IN TEXAS

Devontae Williams Tortured and Murdered

Lisa Colman was convicted of the brutal murder of Devontae Williams in Tarrant county. When emergency services arrived they found the dead body of a nine-year-old bot in nothing but a diaper and bandages. A pediatrician identified in excess of 200 wounds on the body that weighed less than 36 pounds, half the weight a boy his age should be. The weapon? A golf club. The cause of death was ruled malnutrition and pneumonia.


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The Luby's Cafeteria Shooting

The date was October 16, 1991. George Hennard drove his vehicle through the front window of Luby's cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. He opened fire killing 23 people and wounding about 3 dozen others. It's ranked the fourth deadliest non-school mass shooting in US history and it happened right here in Texas.


26 People Killed And 20 Injured After Mass Shooting At Texas Church
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The Sutherland Springs Church Shooting

A day that many will never forget. On November 25, 2017, 26 years old Devin Patrick Kelly opens fire on a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The end result of this awful act was 20 people dead including an unborn baby. After a brutal police chase, Kelly was found dead in his car from a self-inflicted gunshot.


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Cirilo Castillo Jr. Charged WIth Assaulting Horses

In 2015, investigators found this man to have injuries as a result of being kicked by a horse. This happened after he tried mounting the animal. It was also found that the horse was tied up in the corral having oral and vaginal sex performed. Castillo had been previously arrested years earlier for doing the same thing. He was charged with cruelty to animals.


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The Waco Siege

This siege at Mt. Carmel by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms stemmed from known federal arms violations by Branch Davidians. After a shootout between law enforcement and the religious group, a cease-fire was arranged but not before killing four ATF agents and six Branch Davidians. Close to 900 law enforcement officials stormed the compound and the siege did end. Only 9 Branch Davidians survived while 80 people were found dead inside, including many children.


 

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Dean Corll AKA The Candy Man

This is a bad man. He picked up his nickname because his family used to own a candy-making business. His target was young males who would get lured into his home where they would be raped and beaten. Things could go on for days before he would finally shoot or strangle his victims. The bodies would get thrown into mass graves. As a final kicker, he made the boys write letters explaining their absence which threw off the police. He was convicted of 28 murders of young boys.


 

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Kidnapping and Murder of Amber Hangerman

It's from this horrible story that the Amber Alert System was created. In 1996, Amber Hangerman was abducted from her home in Arlington, Texas. She was riding her bicycle and only going around the block. After a few minutes passed, Amber was nowhere. When her body was recovered from a creek her throat had been slit and she was naked except for one sock. Her killer still hasn't been caught.


The Texas Eyeball Killer

Born in Amarillo, Texas, Charles Albright also known as the Eyeball Killer was convicted in 1991 and incarcerated in Lubbock at the John Montford Unit. Although murder was the only charge, it doesn't make this story less gruesome. His victims, all women, had their eyes removed. Albright's professional was a taxidermist and he was handy with a knife. He died at the age of 87. Watch the above video for an introduction to the story.


Andrea Yates Found Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity
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Andrea Yates Drowns Her Five Children

Senseless. Five children between the ages of six months old and seven years old were drowned by Andrea Yates in 2001. She was found guilty by reason of insanity and is committed to a Texas mental hospital in Kerrville.

Nine heinous, horrible ending stories. Unfortunately, there are many more. Indeed, Texas is big and the crime can be ugly. Crimes rates are important to many. Keep reading the find out about crime statistics in Texas cities including Abilene.

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