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June 1, 2009

The Ohio Gunslinger

Jeff Pearlman tells the true story obscured by the myth of Roger Clemens, Texas fireballer.

Joseph Ax

On May 17, 2000, a 46-year-old divorced Houston woman by the name of Katherine Huston was shot to death by a group of drug dealers who had broken into her home. Huston, a beloved third-grade teacher at Holmsley Elementary School, was home to care for her 19-year-old son, Marcus, who had stayed home with the flu.

Huston's married name was Clemens—as in Roger Clemens, whose troubled older brother, Randy, had been Kathy's husband. Even the most passionate Clemens aficionado may never have heard of Kathy or Randy, though they were arguably the most important figures in Clemens's life along with his mother, Bess. Certainly the press didn't think much of the connection. The Houston Chronicle noted her relation to Roger Clemens in passing; the dailies in New York, where Clemens was in his second season with the Yankees, ignored the death completely.

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