Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent." This week we are studying the letter "C" as in CLEAR LAKE.
In keeping with my theme for this round of Alphabe-Thursday I am writing about the Houston area of CLEAR LAKE. CLEAR LAKE is a lake, but it's also part of an area that was annexed by the city of Houston in 1977. It's located about 25 miles from downtown Houston. There really wasn't a whole lot here until NASA came to town in 1963 and the Johnson Space Center was built. The area then grew rapidly.
According to Wikipedia currently the main employers are aerospace, high-tech (software, biotechnology, electronics, etc.) and tourism. Space Center Houston attracts millions of tourists each year.
The actual CLEAR LAKE is a brackish lake fed by Clear Creek and flows into Galveston Bay. Boating, sailing, and water sports are popular activities.
Some of you might remember the CLEAR LAKE area being associated with a couple of horrific incidents that made national news in recent times.
The Nassau Bay Hilton was where dentist Clara Harris caught her dentist husband David Harris with his mistress. In a rage she ran him over with her car three times killing him in the process. Sadly, David's teen age daughter by a previous marriage was in the car at the time. Ironically, it was caught on film by the private eye Clara had hired to follow her husband. She's currently serving 20 years in prison. Because of her actions their toddler twin sons were left without parents to raise them and David's teen age daughter will have to live with the nightmare of witnessing her father's death. Clara Harris was denied parole in 2013.
CLEAR LAKE was also the location of one of the saddest incidents in recent times. It's where a very ill Andrea Yates drowned her 5 children in the bathtub. In her mind she thought she was sending them to heaven before the devil could get them. Harris County chose to charge her with murder and asked for the death penalty. She was convicted, but before sentencing it was determined that one of the state's witnesses gave false testimony, so the state dropped the death penalty request and she was sentenced to life in prison. The verdict was overturned on appeal and she was retried and found not guilty be reason of insanity. She will probably spend the rest of her life in a state mental hospital.
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