“It seemed like an OK place,” Richmond recalled. “But I’m an Aggie. So, you know.”
Richmond was driving from Arlington to Laredo to visit family. He arrived at an Austin Ramada Inn sometime in the evening — “it was dark” — rose early and resumed his trip the following morning. “I was just there to sleep and then get back on the road,” he recalled. Six months later, he left Texas altogether, relocating to Illinois.