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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, May and June 1965
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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1965 |
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    Hippotomus [sic]: Animals at the Houston Zoo, including a mother and baby hippopotamus and bats
    Elephants: Parade of animals featured in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, including a dog atop an elephant
    Hospital, 06/18/65: Harris County Judge William M. Elliott leads a meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court, during which attendees discuss the funding of Ben Taub General Hospital of Houston and Harris County
    Rodgers [sic] Murder, 06/24/65: Law enforcement officers search the scene of a gruesome double murder. A detective also speaks with a KHOU reporter about the investigation. On June 23, 1965, Marvin Martin called Houston police to check on his aunt and uncle, Fred and Edwina Rogers, whom he had not been able to get in touch with for several days. When officers forced their way into the Montrose home, they found it empty. Noticing food left out in the kitchen, patrolman C. A. Bullock opened the refrigerator, where he discovered the dismembered bodies of the elderly couple. Police then found items believed to have been used in the murder, including a claw hammer, scissors, and a keyhole saw. The couple's adult son, Charles Rogers, who lived in the house, immediately became a person of interest in the investigation. Despite clean-up efforts, evidence of blood was found leading to Charles' bedroom. Charles was never located, and was declared dead in 1975. The case, commonly known as the Ice Box Murders, remains unsolved. 
    Ben Taub: Meeting of the Houston City Council and Harris County Commissioners Court, presumably to discuss the Ben Taub General Hospital
    Houston Mayor Louie Welch in the background
    Judge Bill Elliott at the lectern
    Lewis Cutrer, mayor of Houston from 1957 to 1963
    Award of Archdre: A KHOU employee receives an award of commendation from the station
    C Mossler - Gran [sic] Jury: Houston socialite Candace Mossler comments on the charging of two men in a criminal investigation, possibly for the murder she would eventually be indicted for the next month. Mossler and her nephew Melvin Lane Powers were accused of murdering Mossler's husband, Jacques. Jacques was stabbed and bludgeoned to death on June 30, 1964, at his home in Key Biscayne, Florida. Police arrested Powers three days later. Mossler was not indicted until July 20, 1965. The prosecution argued that Mossler and Powers were lovers hoping to acquire the victim's multi-million-dollar fortune. According to the New York Times, the Mossler-Powers trial was so lurid that the judge barred spectators under 21. The pair was acquitted in 1966.