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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, October 18-21, 1965

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1965

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  •  Firearms Training, 10/18/65: Law enforcement personnel participate in gun training, firing at targets with both handguns and assault rifles 
  •  Cutrer Files, 10/19/65: Lewis Cutrer files the election paperwork to challenge Louie Welch in the 1965 race for mayor of Houston. His wife, Catherine, pays the fee. Cutrer had already served as mayor from 1958 to 1964. Welch won the election, remaining mayor until 1973. 
  •  Murder, 10/19/65: Detectives inspect the abandoned car of murder victim Joyce Osten, an 18-year-old Westbury High School student. Osten was last seen on the morning October 18 when she dropped off her mother at the shopping center where she worked. Osten’s father notified authorities after he found her abandoned car in the same parking lot that night. Undergarments were found in the back seat. Law enforcement officers found Osten’s body in a pasture on October 19. Authorities arrested Jerry Michael Ward, a 22-year-old former hospital orderly, on October 30. He was convicted of the rape-murder of Osten on September 27, 1966, and sentenced to death. At trial, police chemist Floyd McDonald testified that hair found on Osten’s body matched Ward’s. The case thus became the first in Texas to admit nuclear activation analysis into evidence, setting legal precedent. 
  •  At the scene where Osten’s body was found 
  •  Morrison - Osten Murder, 10/19/65: D. D. Reed write down tips given to the police department about the investigation. Later, detectives answer press questions about leads in the case. 
  •  Osten Murder, 10/19/65: Collecting evidence 
  •  Detectives ask a witness to describe a possible suspect, producing a sketch 
  •  Funeral for Joyce Osteen 
  •  Police collect witness statements 
  •  At a press conference, a homicide detective links Osten’s murder to a recent string of attempted rapes 
  •  Fuzz on Killing, 10/21/65: A homicide detective describes the make and model of a vehicle that may have encountered Osteen’s car while it was being driven by her killer, asking the driver or passengers to come forward 
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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 October 18-21, 1965. This series includes news segments about firearms training, the 1965 Houston mayoral race, and the murder of Joyce Osten. Please note: this film contains sensitive material that may not be suitable for all viewers.
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.