“Maybe Darlie Didn’t Do It” – Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly, July 2002

Skip Hollandsworth was the first journalist to really examine Darlie’s conviction with a critical eye.  His article for Texas Monthly is still one of the best ways to dive into the case.  Skip is an excellent writer, and we are happy that he agreed to lend his perspective to The Last Defense.

Dateline: Purgatory – Kathy Cruz, TCU Press, 2015

Kathy Cruz also appears in The Last Defense.  Kathy researched the case thoroughly, and that work resulted in a book that is thoughtful and probing without descending into the sensationalism of the “true crime” genre.

“Blood Will Tell, Part I” & Blood Will Tell, Part II – Pamela Colloff, ProPublicaThe New York Times Magazine, May 2018

Blood splatter analysis played a significant role in Darlie’s trial, with the prosecution claiming that patterns in the blood throughout the first floor of the Routier house proved that the crime scene had been staged.  But the “science” of blood pattern analysis has been under scrutiny in more recent years.  In this two-part series, writer Pamela Colloff examines another dubious conviction based on blood splatter testimony.  Part II features the writer going through a training course sold by Tom Bevel, the blood pattern expert who testified for the prosecution at Darlie’s trial.  For $655 and 40 hours of your time, you too can testify in court as a blood splatter expert.

“A Bloody Injustice” – Dave Mann, Texas Observer, August 2010

Darlie’s case is not the only one where Tom Bevel’s blood-splatter testimony has led to a faulty murder conviction.  The story here notes the National Academy of Sciences’ findings that the uncertainties of blood-splatter analysis are “enormous,” and that the opinions of experts such as Bevel are “more subjective than scientific.”  The defendant whose case is examined, Warren Horinek, remains imprisoned.