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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, May and June 1965

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 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. 
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This film from KHOU-TV Channel 11 in Houston contains a series of short news segments that would have aired as highlights to news stories. Many are silent and would have been voiced over by the anchorperson during a live broadcast. The titles for each segment are the originals created by KHOU-TV. The clips on this reel all date from May and June 1965. This series includes news segments about the arrival of circus animals and discussions surrounding the Ben Taub General Hospital. Also included is footage related to two of Houston’s most notable homicide cases: the Ice Box Murders and the Mossler-Powers trial.
The digital preservation of this collection was made possible by a grant to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Houston Public Library from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library Houston Area Digital Archives website.