Eric Dexheimer

Investigative reporter

Eric Dexheimer has been a member of the Statesman's investigative team since 2006. Prior to moving to Austin, he worked for newspapers in Denver, Portland, Oregon, and New York.

Latest from Eric Dexheimer

EXCLUSIVE: Citing fatal flaws, Texas starts over on rare lizard-protection plan
 In 2012, alarmed that the federal government’s move to protect a small reptile could cripple the oil and gas business, Texas unveiled its own plan to look after the dunes sagebrush lizard and its habitat in the middle of the petroleum-rich Permian Basin. Unlike other states, in Texas species protection falls to the head financial officer...

Posted: a minute ago

In 2012, alarmed that the federal government’s move to protect a small reptile could cripple the oil and gas business, Texas unveiled its own plan to look after the dunes sagebrush lizard and its habitat in the middle of the petroleum-rich Permian Basin. Unlike other states, in Texas species protection falls to the head financial officer...
40 years on, Crime of Century still binds FBI director, prison snitch
 For a time, Johnny Ray Spinelli was a one-man crime wave. After jumping bail in a Houston burglary case, he’d surfaced in the San Francisco Bay Area, where, according to press accounts, he became known briefly as the “Fotomat bandit.” He approached saleswomen at the drive-ups, robbed them and, on six occasions, ...

Posted: 13 days ago

For a time, Johnny Ray Spinelli was a one-man crime wave. After jumping bail in a Houston burglary case, he’d surfaced in the San Francisco Bay Area, where, according to press accounts, he became known briefly as the “Fotomat bandit.” He approached saleswomen at the drive-ups, robbed them and, on six occasions, ...
After snitching, ex-Austin gangster collected reward money, vanished
 Johnny Spinelli wasn’t the only one secretly recording on behalf of FBI. A violent and notorious ex-Austinite also wore a wire in an effort to help prosecutors nab Judge John Wood’s killers. But his life ended very differently from Spinelli’s. “Jerry Ray James was a vicious, brutal sociopath who didn’t have any...

Posted: 13 days ago

Johnny Spinelli wasn’t the only one secretly recording on behalf of FBI. A violent and notorious ex-Austinite also wore a wire in an effort to help prosecutors nab Judge John Wood’s killers. But his life ended very differently from Spinelli’s. “Jerry Ray James was a vicious, brutal sociopath who didn’t have any...
Owner of Austin’s vanishing cache of gold and silver charged with fraud
 The mystery of what happened to millions of dollars-worth of gold and silver bullion that vanished from a downtown Austin vault two and a half years ago just got a little less puzzling. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors arrested Charles McAllister, the founder and former majority owner of Bullion Direct, charging him with three felony counts...

Posted: 29 days ago

The mystery of what happened to millions of dollars-worth of gold and silver bullion that vanished from a downtown Austin vault two and a half years ago just got a little less puzzling. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors arrested Charles McAllister, the founder and former majority owner of Bullion Direct, charging him with three felony counts...
Owner of Austin’s vanished cache of gold and silver charged with fraud
 The mystery of what happened to millions of dollars’ worth of gold and silver bullion that vanished from a downtown Austin vault 2½ years ago just got a little less puzzling. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors arrested Charles McAllister, the founder and former majority owner of Bullion Direct, charging him with three felony counts...

Posted: 29 days ago

The mystery of what happened to millions of dollars’ worth of gold and silver bullion that vanished from a downtown Austin vault 2½ years ago just got a little less puzzling. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors arrested Charles McAllister, the founder and former majority owner of Bullion Direct, charging him with three felony counts...
As storms batter Texas, billions in state property goes unprotected
 You are a responsible property owner, so you make sure to buy insurance to pay for repairs or rebuilding in the event of a disaster. Unless you’re the state of Texas. This past summer, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sustained an estimated $1 million in damage from Hurricane Harvey, most of it at the W.F. Ramsey complex, about...

4:03 PM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

You are a responsible property owner, so you make sure to buy insurance to pay for repairs or rebuilding in the event of a disaster. Unless you’re the state of Texas. This past summer, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sustained an estimated $1 million in damage from Hurricane Harvey, most of it at the W.F. Ramsey complex, about...
As storms batter Texas, billions in state property goes unprotected
 You are a responsible property owner, so you make sure to buy insurance to pay for repairs or rebuilding in the event of a disaster. Unless you’re the state of Texas. Last summer, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sustained an estimated $1 million in damage from Hurricane Harvey, most of it at the W.F. Ramsey complex, about 40...

3:56 PM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

You are a responsible property owner, so you make sure to buy insurance to pay for repairs or rebuilding in the event of a disaster. Unless you’re the state of Texas. Last summer, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sustained an estimated $1 million in damage from Hurricane Harvey, most of it at the W.F. Ramsey complex, about 40...
After 30 years in business, locksmith loses his license — for 1980 crime
 When Shayne Gatlin opened his locksmith business outside of Dallas more than 30 years ago, Fred Akers coached the Longhorns and the Dow Jones industrial average was a tenth its current level. Over the decades, he worked hard and grew his operation to three trucks and a retail shop, eventually acquiring more than 100,000 customers. The Better...

4:58 PM Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

When Shayne Gatlin opened his locksmith business outside of Dallas more than 30 years ago, Fred Akers coached the Longhorns and the Dow Jones industrial average was a tenth its current level. Over the decades, he worked hard and grew his operation to three trucks and a retail shop, eventually acquiring more than 100,000 customers. The Better...
For 45 years, Buck Moore has been about more than feeding the animals
 There is no mistaking Buck Moore Feed & Supply for the under-glass version of country living on display at big box stores. Visitors are walloped by a pungent blast of feed and animal the moment they walk in. Over the years Buck’s has been forced to make concessions to its increasingly urban clientele — pricey dog food and organic...

6:47 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

There is no mistaking Buck Moore Feed & Supply for the under-glass version of country living on display at big box stores. Visitors are walloped by a pungent blast of feed and animal the moment they walk in. Over the years Buck’s has been forced to make concessions to its increasingly urban clientele — pricey dog food and organic...
For 45 years, Buck Moore has been about more than feeding the animals
 On a recent afternoon, Laura Strohm sidled into Buck Moore Feed & Supply on North Lamar Boulevard. She pretended to be in distress and on the verge of tears, or maybe she wasn’t pretending at all. “Noooo,” she wailed. “This better just be a real long we’re-closing-for-the-holidays thing.” Ken Bushong looked...

2:56 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

On a recent afternoon, Laura Strohm sidled into Buck Moore Feed & Supply on North Lamar Boulevard. She pretended to be in distress and on the verge of tears, or maybe she wasn’t pretending at all. “Noooo,” she wailed. “This better just be a real long we’re-closing-for-the-holidays thing.” Ken Bushong looked...
Mesquite police watched as handcuffed teen hit his head 50 times before dying
 When Mesquite police arrived at a local middle school late on a summer night in 2013, Graham Dyer was pounding his head on the ground. Earlier, witnesses reported seeing him ram his head into a building. A friend explained that the 18-year-old was experiencing a bad LSD trip. Police have a legal duty to care for their prisoners, and after...

7:35 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

When Mesquite police arrived at a local middle school late on a summer night in 2013, Graham Dyer was pounding his head on the ground. Earlier, witnesses reported seeing him ram his head into a building. A friend explained that the 18-year-old was experiencing a bad LSD trip. Police have a legal duty to care for their prisoners, and after...