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Enucleated: The Trial of Dallas Serial Killer Charles Albright

Brandon Birmingham

When bodies started turning up in West Dallas in the winter of 1990 and 1991, police were stunned at this killer’s calling card. This is story of the seedy sides of the big city, its inhabitants, and the overlooked victims of society who were thrust into the spotlight when they crossed paths with a genuine serial killer. What happens to the eyes of those who stop looking? Find the Trial Visualization Report after the episodes.

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Was Dallas in the grips of a serial killer in the early 1990’s? Could police have caught him sooner if they had paid closer attention to those in the margins? Hear how testimony from Dallas street walkers combined with trace evidence led authorities to the man who has become known for his peculiar calling card – a pair of empty eye sockets.

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The trial of Charles Albright is underway. Is the hair and fiber evidence enough to seal the deal, or is the prosecution’s case hanging by a thread? Hear how prosecutors dealt with Albright’s alibi, the murder that had to be thrown out, and the defense witness that provided some of the strongest evidence pointing toward a conviction. Finally, the murderous design of Charles Albright will be revealed.

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After the hair, the fibers, the alibis, and the witnesses, one big question still hung over the trial of Charles Albright: why did he cut out their eyes? That would remain unanswered until a year and a half later, when journalist Skip Hollandsworth published his article titled “See No Evil” for the magazine “Texas Monthly.” How did he gain such access to Albright? When did an obsession with eyes start to show up? What was in the cryptic letter that Skip received when the article was published? He’s here to shine some light on the curious behaviors of Charles Albright.

Read Skip Hollandsworth’s article: https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/see-no-evil-3/

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What did it take to get Dallas serial killer Charles Albright behind bars? Former prosecutor Toby Shook sits down to detail his work on the case. What is it like preparing for a murder trial? How did they track down witnesses that would rather not be found? And in the age before digital records, what did investigators have to do in order to poke holes in Albright’s alibis?

Follow Toby Shook on Twitter: @toby_shook

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