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Unprecedented devastation. Three monster hurricanes in a single month … leaving devastation and thousands stranded in their wake. Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, is under water. Hurricane Hell: 30 Deadly Days, Channel 5 2018
Houston, Texas, the fattest city in America. Morgan Spurlock, Supersize Me, 2004
In Texas alone, thirty-five condemned people have been exonerated since DNA evidence became admissible in court. Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth
The logic of the annexation of Texas was essentially that attributed to Saddam Hussein when he conquered Kuwait. Noam Chomsky, Failed States audio
A would-be robber of a Texas grocery store disguised his face with a balaclava, but forgot to remove from his breast pocket a laminated badge that bore his name, place of employment, and position within the company – an oversight spotted by witnesses. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! 2006
Brown Mountain isn’t the only place where strange lights have appeared. In central Norway oblong lights have been appearing over the Hessdalen Valley since the 1980s. South-east of Marfa, Texas, unexplained lights have been reported for two-hundred years – hovering balls of light seem to float above the ground sometimes for several hours. So what is going on? The Brown Mountain lights have baffled rational minds for centuries. Weird or What? S1e5: Human Popsicle, Discovery 2010
It’s a gang few recognise but on the streets of Texas their name strikes fear. Gangland s2e4: Texas Terror, History 2008
Texas Syndicate: One of the deadliest gangs in Texas. ibid.
Their bread and butter is distributing drugs supplied by the Mexican cartels. ibid.
The gang was formed in the 1970s. ibid.
The Texas Syndicate rewards its best members with money and protection. ibid.
You might have seen them terrorising the road across the great state of Texas. Like everything else in Texas they’re bigger and badder. Gangland s3e6: Bandido Army
One of the largest motorcycle gangs – or OMGs – in the world. ibid.
The Bandidos made Meth as much a part of their gang as their motorcycles. ibid.
The Bandidos became a global criminal network. ibid.
African-Americans are not welcome. ibid.
They began as the most notorious prison gang in Texas. They grew out of a disturbing ideology. They are the ABT, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. They rule the streets too. Nowhere is safe. Gangland s4e7: Aryan Terror
A gang built on racial bigotry and violence. ibid.
The ABT developed a deep hatred for two black Texas prison gangs: the Mandingo Warriors and the Self Defence Family. ibid.
Drug profits help finance their brothers on the inside. ibid.
They are assassins. On the front line of America’s and Mexico’s brutal drug wars. And their violence is spreading deeper into the US. From the prisons of Texas they commit torture and murder on both sides of the border without mercy. They are the Barrio Azteca. Once you’re in this gang, you’re in for life. Gangland s5e4: Blood River, History 2009
Barrio Azteca works both sides of the Rio Grande to feed America’s insatiable appetite for illegal drugs. ibid.
By the mid-1990s Barrio Azteca was the undisputed kingpin of El Paso’s streets. ibid.
Barrio Azteca is organised by military ranking. ibid.
These warriors act like bodyguards and drug-smugglers. They also carry out hits on American citizens in El Paso. ibid.
They are a violent band of brothers. Moulded in maximum security prisons. They are Stone Cold Killers. And threatening their supremacy is punishable by death. They are the Aryan Circle of Texas. Gangland s5e8, Circle of Death
They claim to be separatists, not racists. ibid.
The gang has grown to more than 3,000 brothers in more than thirteen states. ibid.
They’re the newest thing in town. And they’ve taken Texas by storm. They’re 14,000 strong. And they have no fear. They’re Tongo Blast. Gangland s5e12: Deadly Blast
Houston, Texas: this city was built on oil ... Leading the way is a ruthless gang – Tongo Blast. ibid.
Tongo Blast began distributing marijuana and cocaine imported from Mexico to Houston. ibid.
The streets of south Texas are filled with blood. And one gang is responsible. The Tri-City Bombers will do anything to stay on top. Gangland s6e2: Trinity of Blood, History 2009
An army now more than a 1,000 strong. ibid.
The Bombers’ most hated rival is the Texas Chicano Brotherhood. ibid.
The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is one of the most violent hate groups in America. This white supremacist gang operates a criminal network from behind their prison bars. Inside the Aryan Brotherhood
As the ABT makes money it also attracts new recruits. ibid.
Thompson is ready to make his move against the existing leadership of the ABT. ibid.
The highest percentage of their income comes from methamphetamine. ibid.
Those who don’t make it often join Texas’s second largest white prison gang – the Aryan Circle. ibid.
The white supremacist hate group has become a brand. ibid.
If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell. Philip Henry Sheridan
There were now nearly 35,000 American-born immigrants and their slaves in Texas. Ken Burns, The West II, PBS 1996
Three independent republics in North America: Mexico, the United States, and under president Sam Houston the new Republic of Texas. ibid.
Fifth Ward [Houston]: Five square miles of twenty-four-hour parties, drugs and violence. Drugs Inc s4e4: High in Houston, National Geographic 2013
The craze is Lean [pharmaceutical syrup]. ibid.
$200 a day ... Whatever she earns immediately goes on Crack. Drugs Inc s5e8: Dallas Dope Cowboys
The cartels have infiltrated Dallas. ibid.
Austin, Texas: the live music capital of the world … The dealers can make a killing, if they don’t kill each other first. Drugs Inc s7e17: Tex Meth
Money is selling Meth to the new arrivals. ibid.
90% of Texas Meth is produced and supplied by the neighbouring cartels in Mexico. ibid.
Latest figures show a 32.5% increase in encounters between police and cartel members in Houston. Drugs Inc Compilation: The Inside Man
Blonde: My, but you’ve got a big one.
Sid James: I’m from Texas, mam. We’ve all got big ones down there. Carry on Cowboy 1965 starring Sid James & Kenneth Williams & Jim Dale & Charles Hawtrey & Joan Sims & Peter Butterworth & Bernard Bersslaw & Angela Douglas & Jon Pertwee & Percy Herbert & Sydney Bromley et al, director Gerald Thomas
You can all go to hell; I will go to Texas. David Crockett