Eddie Ray Hall’s rise to fame can be traced to this article, published in 1998.
Authorities used him as an example of how much criminals cost society, estimating Hall cost about $1 million. Hall gave an extensive interview to the newspaper, and the power mullet showcased in his portrait (right) lives on in our archives.
Eleven years later, Hall is something of a legend in police and media circles. Somewhere, rumor has it, is a video montage of his mug shots set to this song by columnist Doug Clark.
In the 11 years since The Spokesman-Review detailed his criminal history, Hall (left, in 2008) has made the news dozens more times, mostly for theft, meth and burglary.
If police issued a warrant for his arrest, it typically made the newspaper.
We haven’t done a comprehensive look at Hall’s criminal history in a few years, but previous stories have set his felony convictions at “more than 20.”
Now Hall is up against federal charges.
Read Sara Leaming’s story here.