What the Caraway Police Records Reveal: A Fight Over Aprons Led to "Dangerous" Situation Between Husband and Wife

Categories: City Hall, Schutze
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Dwaine Caraway, Sheila Jackson Lee and Barbara Mallory Caraway in Austin in 2006
The same police recording that Mayor Dwaine Caraway fought bitterly to suppress actually makes him sound like a concerned husband -- calm, cool and collected -- trying to protect the good name of his wife, state Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway.

On the recording -- which follows, along with the police investigative reports -- Caraway tells police detectives that his wife, who he says may have a "chemical imbalance," slipped a knife through the crack in a door he was holding against her in attempt to avoid a violent confrontation.

It's an unexpected outcome to a long-running salacious public scandal. City officials only released the recording and associated documents after the mayor lost a court battle to have them suppressed.

During the weeks Caraway fought his losing battle, rumors about the contents of the recording hit the gossip stratosphere. Had he allowed the tapes to be released when reporters first sought them, Caraway would have come across as an abused husband (according to his own version of things), trapped in a deeply dysfunctional marriage he wants to escape.

Rep. Caraway did not speak to police and has not spoken publicly about these events, so her side of the story remains unknown. The Observer left messages for her this morning at her home, at her Austin office and at her Dallas office.

In listening to the recording and reading the associated documents, the thing to keep in mind is that the mayor apparently has never managed to tell the truth about the incident to reporters or on the stand in yesterday's court proceeding.

On the recording, the mayor says the original cause of the incident was her desire to throw away some aprons belonging to the mayor -- not the story he told reporters, when he said two friends named Arthur and Archie had caused a rumpus, and not the story he told in court, when he said the incident started when his wife became angry about a football watching party.

Now it's about aprons.

[Editor's note: The one beep you hear on the tape is a phone number that's given out.]

Dwaine Caraway Talks to Police on January 2, 2011


Dwaine and Barbara Caraway Police Investigation
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Jean
Jean

Whatever the reason for the disturbances, some men would have laid her out.He cared about his wife and called for help.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

On March 11,2008 this same newspaper wrote about an Editorial appearing in the Dallas Morning News the next day about another couple,that evening between 6PM and 8PM ,the Husband murdered his wife and then killed himself. You and others wanted to paint the wife, as taking special 5,000 contract from DART vendor,you wanted to smear Tom Leppert for her being on his committee,you got email under open records,where she told Tom,Willis Johnson was the go to guy for Black community,you made her husband think ,she was dissing him.Lynn Flint Shaw lost her life not because of guilt,but because news organizations wanted to sell slanderous news. If Lynn Shaw was taking money,why were they dead broke and about to lose their home.Dewain Caraway does not pay me neither does anyone else .I try and correct lies or twisted stories as you write because I know the truth. I try and save lives and help people who find themselves in the jaws of Dallas bias Media. I have been there,I know how it feels to have your words and action interpreted by a person who has a journalism degree,but knows nothing about Sociology,can write about cancer,but not a patient or Doctor.

Rihanna
Rihanna

Where are the Victims of Domestic Violence groups? Dwaine Carraway - bless his heart - is clearly an abused man and is unable to help himself. We as a community and society of peace need to rally around him and support him. He needs a protective order from Barbara and perhaps an order to remove her from the house. She is dangerous and a threat to him and everyone around her. There must be salvation for him. Barbara Mallory Carraway is a female Chris Brown!

cp
cp

He cares about his wife. This is a mental health issue, plain and simple and he needs to become an advocate for it.

Jb
Jb

I think ol Caraway has a beard & it's called Barbara.

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

This is clearly a co-dependent relationship.

I agree, we don't know all the facts...but I agree with one posting...after a football party and clothes on the floor. Arthur and Archie?

Huh. Maybe the aprons were of the "Sexy Milk Maiden" variety? Perhaps Arthur and Archie let it spill that that is how ole Mayor Dwaine rolls when Babs is in Austin...she had enough and told him to get out!

Perhaps he cooks for Arthur and Archie in the buff...or perhaps he's a cross-dresser...you could kinda see him in drag at the Rose Room, right?

Joshua
Joshua

Showin that picture of Sheila Jackson Lee and the Flyaway Caraway family together is just really re-assuring....why not John Wiley and Al Lipscomb too?

Joshua
Joshua

Heck...I thought ALL black couples (the few that ARE actually MARRIED) argued with each others with knives, bats, 2 irons, and guns. Looks like Carraway has a TYPICAL BLACK FAMILY SITUATION here....even that da mayorman wants ta ditch his lacey aprons and da ho wants ta keep em for evidence at de divorce hearing.

Nice to have such an exemplary group of representatives for Dallas! Wouldn't want some of those terrible ole whities and THEIR dysfunctional stuff goin on here!!!

Pat Boyack
Pat Boyack

Apron-Gate. This will keep us busy for days.....

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn

yeahIsaidthat
yeahIsaidthat

I think there probably is more to the story than what is being told and we should all back off and let them deal with their demons in private. There is nothing here that needs investigating by anyone other than the Caraway's.

Mss1506
Mss1506

A super bowl party with all his clothes on the floor cuz he was cleaning out his closets. To quote Eddie Murphy- "You lyin' your ass off!"

MattL1
MattL1

After hearing this, I guess I don't blame the mayor for not wanting this to come out. He did call in a few special favors to keep this under wraps, but I can't say I'd do it much differently if my family was involved. I'm hereby stepping off my high horse and giving Caraway a pass here. Surely he'll do something else soon to re-earn my ire.

Also, if this is the biggest abuse of power issue Dallas has to deal with (it's not), we're in pretty good shape (we're not).

Bx1988
Bx1988

Who cares....Why is this in the news....GET A LIFE of your own, life is more fun that way

Fleetwoody
Fleetwoody

What they were fighting about is irrelevant, it's the fact that this man LIED numerous times about the incident. When a person LIES alot they become a LIAR and cannot be trusted.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

JS, my reading comprehension is shaky, but I can't quite see in comparing your stories how he lied on the stand.

Barney Gumble
Barney Gumble

Of course we are all assuming that the version of events that he is giving the police is true. We already know from his cover-up that he is a bald faced liar. How can we even beleive his new and improved version of "the truth"? He has no credibility and it would not surprise me one bit if his wife had a totally different version of events. I would love to hear what she has to say but I have a feeling I never will.

Phelps
Phelps

Wait wait wait... I just got to the end, where he's talking about the Special Investigation guys, and the officer says, "we handle all the high profile" cases and "sensitive" cases?

In what way is that proper? If you are politically connected you get the VIP cops, and if you are just a regular citizen you get the guys who give you a once over and then file a regular report whether you want them to or not?

If there is a real scandal here, it's that the DPD has a "Special [Coverup the] Investigations" unit.

Duality of Man
Duality of Man

Maybe he should use the Newt Gingrich approach. He did it because of his passion for America.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Am I the only one thinking they need to play this tape in Austin? Those white boys down there might think twice about going up against Babs next time she tries to introduce any legislation they don't like.

Likeicare
Likeicare

Would you love to hear the other side of that story? I think he's the one that needs counseling.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

I suspect Dwaine forgot to pay Betty Culbreath her weekly consulting fee. She's been strangely absent from these blogs last 2wks. Or, perhaps Dwaine's legal fees were cutting into that fund.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I appreciate all the concerns about him seeking special privilege and the cover-up generally being worse than the crime, but, we need to come to some understanding that lying about personal matters is not such a grave crime. Perhaps we should have an extension of the 5th Amendment that would allow us to seek this cover. Then perhaps a judge could rule hear the evidence and rule. I feel some shame in scratching to uncover this data. The specifics here are unimportant, assuming you all are ONLY concerned about impropriety and the lies associated with the cover-up. Shielding those from the public might not be all bad. I am not supporting censorship, and would suppose journalists might be able to review such materials, but again, specifics shouldn't matter.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

"chemical imbalance," ?= Hormonal...

13 year old Daughter and Change of life wife in our Happy Home .

Some big stuff can pass with no reaction .

While other Minor things can Raise the Furies from Greek mythology.

Dwayne keep some coins for the Ferryman.

And his Solar powered Water Taxi.

Davidleequinn1950
Davidleequinn1950

Up for discussion: Who is a bigger embarrasment to Dallas, the mayor or Dez Bryant?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

So......he lied, basically. What a wonderful couple holding jobs that represent the population. Details and specifics be damned, he's a liar and she's not so rosy herself.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Betty, not buying it ;) I find it ironic you pop up every time a high-profile brother/sister gets held up to being accountable for their actions. Just to let you know, not everyone from the neighborhood is living on the up and up, most are on the down-low. Once people in the community begin to realize that betty, then you can begin embracing the truth, and the truth will set you free.

SirNose
SirNose

She died because ' dissing' seems to be a capitol offence in some quarters.

Observist
Observist

Woman scorned? Woman's corn?

Burn Baby Burn
Burn Baby Burn

I'm sorry buy I enjoy seeing Caraway get his just rewards.Did you forget how he gave keys to City to Michael Vick?And, how he tried to protect the gambling halls and lambast police for busting illegal gambling of his friends. Or, how he licked the boots of Leppert for 3yrs all the while Leppert put the screws to Angela Hunt.

I'm pleased as punch he's being crucified in the press and hopefully destroyed professionally and at home. Look at the damage he did to my City. Let him resign and then I will hope him and his family the best. Until then I plan to rip him.

JohnonaCarphone
JohnonaCarphone

Agreed. Sounds like Caraway wished the whole thing never happened, and tried (without much luck) to keep a personal matter under wraps. He and his wife may be public officials, but that does not entitle the public to place a camera and microphone in their living room at all times to document all of life's speed bumps. (At least not for another ten years, when I'm confident all of our politicians will be comprised of reality television personalities.)

For those of you shocked (yes, shocked!) at the fact that elected officials can call the police chief or that DPD has the SIU, a unit of experienced investigators to examine (and *not screw up*) high profile matters... welcome to the real world.

Ricky
Ricky

Do you know how tell a person is lying?

He/she cannot tell the same story the same way even just two times.

isabelle
isabelle

YOU ARE STUPID. HE HAS NO CREDIBILITY SO YOU SAY..HOW INTHE HELL WOULD YOU KNOW?? IT IS NOBODY'S BUSINESS ABOUT HIS PERSONAL LIFE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. MOST OF YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE HE IS A BLACK MAN.THIS TAPE WOULDN'T BE OUT IF HE WAS WHITE.GUESS WHAT!!HE IS STILL MAYOR PROTEM:SO GO TO HELL

Just_kidding
Just_kidding

menopausal women can be extremely dangerous

you are wise to worry for her colleagues.

Dommerdog
Dommerdog

She's been busy commenting at the DMN.

G_David
G_David

I think she's been too busy with her online remedial grammar classes, actually.

lilmitch
lilmitch

How about Jerry Jones! He took the Cowboys to the biggest idiots in the Metroplex who helped finance his "Sports Palace", Arlington. He used imminent domain to evict people who lived in their properties for years and didn't even have the decency to give them more than what their property was worth! Then for the second time in 2 years hosted a major sporting event in said "Sports Palace", NBA Allstar game and Super Bowl, that was a major disaster due to the weather. Wonder if some higher being is trying to tell him something? Things that make you go hmmmmmm!

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

The mayor. The citizens didn't elect Dez.

Well, I guess the citizens didn't elect the mayor either. But my point remains valid.

cp
cp

WHO CARES? He lied because he wanted to protect his wife. And who among us wouldn't?

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

I'm with Chris Danger. Betty is indebted to Dwaine Caraway in many ways. And, Betty just loves loves loves being the head of the DFW Board and Dwaine put her there. That's her payment. Then, well, one wonders what fringe benefits come to a DFW board member.

I do not think Chris is being a troll, I think he is exposing the truth.

cp
cp

What are you talking about? She's pointing out that there seem to be different standards for different people, and she's been in the trenches and has the scars to prove it. She "pops up" all the time, not just "high profile" stuff. Betty is also a conservative Republican so that "brother/sister" schlock that you're trying to sell isn't working. She also "pops up" on her own blog, so go check that out too.

As far as Dwaine "being accountable" goes, you can fault him all day long on the Michael Vick key to the city. And now we know why he lied and I think most of us can identify with his reasons. This issue right here is absolutely about mental health and he can be a strong advocate for it. At this point, CVD, I think you are being a troll.

Phelps
Phelps

So, does that mean that he and his state rep wife will be working to repeal the "must report" domestic violence laws, and work against the "someone has to go to jail when the police are called" laws?

Doug
Doug

Then I'd suggest the next time hizzoner (or anyone else) for that matter wants to keep an abusive "personal manner under wraps" that he NOT call the police (let alone the chief). One of the articles I've read said he called several people...all of whom I assume are private citizens. Maybe next time he should get one of them to come over and try to soothe her fury.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

somebody hit a nerve and woke up the cyclops.

Phelps
Phelps

Actually, he isn't Mayor Pro Tem. He's Mayor.

It's... uh... in the first paragraph.

Montemalone
Montemalone

We finally know JWP's alter ego, she is called isabelle...

Citizen Kim
Citizen Kim

Yeah, all y'all are white. GO TO HELL!

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