Ameripoker’s Most Wanted
Felon Escapes Latest Dallas Poker Raid

by , May 21, 2007 | 1:28 pm

Police busted through the doors of another Dallas poker room on Thursday — this time not to round up a bunch of low-stakes misdemeanor offenders, but rather to serve a warrant on a convicted cop-killer wanted in connection with the death of Meaghan Bosch, the 21-year-old SMU coed whose lifeless body was found disposed of in a portable toilet last week.

Click here to read the kinda scary story by Jason Trahan in The Dallas Morning News.

James McDaniel, who ran what Dallas players knew as “James’ Game,” admitted to having lunch with Bosch around the same time she sent her friends a text message saying she was with her drug dealer, shortly before she disappeared. Not sure who conducted the raid on McDaniels’ poker room — the Texas Rangers are taking the lead on this investigation, not DPD — but he was not there, nor was he at his house in Pleasant Grove, and is now apparently on the lam.

So much more to this story … developing.

CLARIFICATION: McDaniel was convicted of killing an ex-Dallas police officer in 1978, not one on active duty.

TO BE FAIR: Sources of unknown reliability are telling Pokerati there may be evidence supporting claims of innocence for that crime. Hmm, a black man falsely convicted of murder some 25+ years ago in Texas? Yep, certainly plausible enough … just as it would be that an assertion of “didn’t do it” is a bluff.

12 Comments to “Ameripoker’s Most Wanted
Felon Escapes Latest Dallas Poker Raid

  1. Card Chucker

    Doesn’t surprise me. His game is like his life, crooked. I’ve personally seen his “special” dealer stack the deck on 2 separate occasions. I might’ve been mistaken as he persisted, but a straight flush vs ace high flush vs top boat both times on the first deal [name removed] stepped in the box is amazing. Karma doesn’t get bad beated.

    NOTE: No, I wasn’t involved in the hands and mad that I lost. I witnessed many wrong doings with his original games in Mesquite and Mockingbird from the other side of the table.

  2. donkey

    Straight flush vs ace high flush vs. top boat? is that possible? what were you guys playing? mexican poker? oh, you dealt it twice wite?

  3. Annonymous

    That is accurate about the game being crooked I think. I played there ONCE, was up about 1500, then James comes in the game with 500. The very first hand he sat down, I got dealt Queens, raised it to 75, James says to me “no-one comes to my game and raises me in my game, lets make it 500.” I think about it and fold, he shows aces. I can not prove anything, but sounded too fishy. Cashed out and never went back……

  4. Ed

    Donkey, here is a good example of how that could happen…

    P1: 9h Kh
    P2: Ah 7h
    P3: 10c Qc

    Board: 10h Jh Qh 2c 10s


  5. donkey

    That’s a nearly perfect explanation, Ed. That’s not a top boat though. Hey, he could have made the story more interesting if he said P3 had QQ, and P4 had 1010..hehe

  6. Pokerati | Texas hold’em blog » Blog Archive » Wanted Poker Man Caught

    […] to his voicemail, James McDaniel was in Shreveport for the WSOP as police were looking for him. He said something about a satellite […]

  7. NA

    From personal experience. This man is sick. He is perverted. I think he deserves to rott in jail for the death of this young girl and the close encounter with me and my life. This man deserves the death penalty.

  8. Misty

    Read the Article…. Its a better story than what is out there right now…

  9. Please Help

    If you ever had a bad encounter with McDaniel, please call the Rangers or Dallas Police and let them know about it. It is impossible for them to press charges against him without people willing to come forward and testify!

  10. DanM

    I’ve got a story. But do the Texas Rangers care about collusion?

  11. Update on McDaniel Search Warrant

    check out this website for the “tangent” of Meaghan’s death and the details on the media corruption regarding the search warrant of McDaniels house…

    In this month’s print version of FrontBurner, our story about the life and tragic death of Meaghan Bosch has an aside that I wanted to develop. It comes near the end and it concerns the Texas Rangers, who think a leak from the Dallas Police Department tipped off the prime suspect in Meaghan’s death about the search warrant being served on his townhome. Rangers think because of this leak, the suspect, James McDaniel, had time to hide or destroy evidence. The Texas Rangers are notoriously tight-lipped, but in this case they’re so sure and so bothered by it that they were willing to talk to me on the record, directly pointing the finger at someone high up in the DPD command. I couldn’t go much into this issue in the story because it would have gone too far afield from the story we were telling. But if you’re interested, jump for more.

    On May 17, Texas Rangers and local police served search warrants on James McDaniel’s home in Pleasant Grove and his townhome on Winton Street near SMU. The Winton Street townhome was the last place Meaghan was seen alive. Investigators found some drugs and guns, but little else. Channel 8 was on the scene almost immediately. Investigators also say the neighbor in the adjoining townhome, Bradley Hullum — who had seen Meaghan in the throes of overdose the Friday before — informed them he had heard there was going to be a warrant served. They say Hullum said he heard that through the townhome landlord, Chris Prideaux.

    Ranger Sgt. Terry Welch, who heads the investigation, was incensed. “That’s the kind of leak that gets officers killed,” he said, much less gives suspects time to get rid of evidence, he added.

    Welch’s theory: a leak from high up in DPD went to Channel 8 and from Channel 8 through a third party and possibly fourth party to McDaniel.

    We have it solid the leak was from a high-ranking DPD officer. We have it solid it went to Channel 8.

    We know of at least two Channel 8 employees this leak may have come from. These two had direct or indirect ties to the landlord or residents of the Winton Street location. Now, the job of a good reporter is to develop the trust of sources in organizations like the DPD, so no one is calling foul on that. But implicit in such a relationship is the understanding you use that information for the story — not to pass along to the wrong people, or to interfere with the development of a story. And the worst sin is using the information in a way that potentially endangers lives.

    The neighbor, Hullum, flat-out refused to talk to us at all. The landlord, Prideaux, spoke to us through an intermediary, and their side is that they knew about the arrest warrant being out for McDaniel, not the search warrant.

    Maybe. Maybe Channel 8 is just that good. They were on the scene minutes after officers kicked in the doors on Winton Street. Sgt. Welch certainly doesn’t buy it.

    This is going to play out, directly or indirectly, as the Rangers try to put together a murder charge against McDaniel.

    At his Pleasant Grove home, McDaniel kept videotapes of himself having sex with women who appear unconscious. Rangers found those. Investigators also found a video camera in his Winton Street townhome hidden in the bedroom closet, set up to surreptitiously tape the bedroom. There was no tape in it.

    What’s coming up? In the next week, McDaniel faces a hearing to have his parole for a 1978 murder revoked. It’s a sure bet it will be. Between drug charges, the parole revocation, and an indictment on federal firearms charges, McDaniel is going to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

    Both Welch and the Bosch family are sure someone out there knows more that can help them discover what exactly happened to Meaghan. Or maybe someone knows something that could cement the murder charge against McDaniel. McDaniel is certainly no longer a threat, if that’s someone’s concern. Steel bars and prison food are all his future holds.

  12. McDaniel's Past....


    For Immediate Distribution

    DFW FAST captures two violent offenders

    Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 12:30pm Deputy United States Marshals and Strike Team Officers from the Dallas Police Department arrested Raymond Sneed at 2601 Hooper Street, Dallas, Texas on federal firearms violations. According to police reports, in October 2006 Sneed was in possession of 45 caliber handgun. The Northern District of Texas Project Safe Neighborhood initiative targets violent career criminals that carry firearms, Sneed’s extensive criminal history which included three prior felony convictions for violent offenses made him a primary target for prosecution under the initiative. Sneed is a suspected member of the 44 OG “Original Gangsters” Bloods, a violent street gang in Dallas, Texas. Sneed faces additional state and federal charges as several firearms and a quantity of narcotics was seized from the Hooper Street address.

    Approximately two hours later, DFW FAST task force was back out on the streets of Dallas, Texas searching for James McDaniel. Texas Rangers and Dallas Police consider McDaniel as a person of interest in the investigation involving the disappearance and death of SMU student Megan Bosch. DFW FAST was contacted by the Dallas Police Department to assist in the apprehension of McDaniel. McDaniel was wanted not only for questioning in the Bosch investigation, but also for an active State Parole violation warrant and a Dallas Police warrant for sexual assault. Strike Team Officers assigned to DFW FAST utilized a variety of

    investigative techniques that led several possible locations for McDaniel. Assisted by the University Park Police Department, Strike Team Officers arrested of McDaniel at approximately 3:15PM at 6000 Auburndale, University Park, Texas. In 1978, McDaniel was arrested in Joliet, Illinois in connection with the death of an 8 year old boy. McDaniel was later charged with the death by the State of Illinois. The child’s body exhibited numerous teeth marks and authorities described the murder as “a heinous crime”. The Illinois authorities quickly learned that McDaniel was on run for the August 23, 1978 murder of former Dallas Police Officer James Burt Horan. Police stated that Horan suffered multiple gunshot wounds that were fired simultaneously from two handguns. McDaniel was also the primary suspect in the June 14, 1978 murder of Dr. John Miller who at the time was a staff physician at Parkland Hospital. McDaniel was sentenced to life in prison by the State of Texas. After serving 22 years in the Texas Department of Corrections prison system, McDaniel was released on parole in 2001.

    According to Randy P. Ely, United States Marshal for the Northern District of Texas, the arrest of Mr. Sneed and Mr. McDaniel is just another example of how successful the Marshals Service Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team has been this year. Since the establishment of DFW FAST in January 2004, the Strike Team has arrested over 5,300 violent fugitives. These arrests in turn have prevented some of these suspects from continuing to victimize an unsuspecting public and making our area a safer place to live and work. DFW FAST is diverse task force consisting of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies from the Dallas and Fort Worth area.