Crime History: Houston bookie's wife found shot to death

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On this day, April 16, in 1997, Houston's top bookie, Robert Angleton, found his socialite wife shot to death at the couple's upscale home.

It appeared to friends that Doris Angleton might have been killed by her husband's underworld rivals, but then Robert's brother Roger was found in Las Vegas with typewritten notes about the murder and a tape of Roger discussing how the murder went down. Police believed Bob was the other voice on the tape.

In a jail cell, Roger committed suicide by cutting himself 50 times with a razor. He left a note saying Robert was not involved in the murder.

Robert Angleton was charged with murder for hire. He fled the country but was captured in the Netherlands.

He was acquitted in his wife's death but pleaded guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to 12 years.

- Scott McCabe

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