Skip Hollandsworth

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The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob

Peggy Jo Tallas spent most of her adult life doing two things: taking care of her ailing mother and robbing bank after bank dressed as a pudgy, bearded cowboy.

More: The Longform Guide to Bank Heists
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Murders in the Night

How America’s first serial killer terrorized the city of Austin on Christmas Eve, 1885.

Excerpted from The Midnight Assassin.

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O Sister, Where Art Thou?

“It is a story that seems almost impossible to believe: a group of female convicts, few of whom had ever played a musical instrument or taken voice lessons, forming a country and western band and becoming, at least in Texas, the Dixie Chicks of their day.”
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The Killer Cadets

How two love-struck, type A high schoolers almost got away with murder.

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Still Life

On October 17, 1973, John McClamrock was paralyzed playing high school football. Doctors doubted he would make it through the night. But he and his mother refused to give up—for more than three decades.

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The Day Treva Throneberry Disappeared

A high school student disappears, only to turn up more than 10 years later – posing as a high school student.

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The Gang’s All Here

The Bandidos, Texas’s biggest motorcycle gang, say goodbye to one of their own.

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A Deadly Dance

A doctor loses the woman of his dreams and hires a broke friend to help get her back. The plan is to prank her new boyfriend. Today, they’re in jail for murder.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Skip Hollandsworth
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A Shooting on Spring Grove Avenue

The mystery of a death in Dallas.

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The Black Widow

Sandra Bridewell, a Dallas socialite, and the people around her who keep dying.

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“I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family”

Scott Catt was a single dad trying to make ends meet, so he started robbing banks. Then he needed accomplices, so he asked his kids.

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Midnight in the Garden of East Texas

A charming assistant funeral home director named Bernie Tiede murders a wealthy widow, keeps her in a freezer for months, finally gets caught, and still has the town's sympathy as his case goes to trial. The story that became Richard Linklater's Bernie.

Update: Tiede was convicted and spent 15 years behind bars before being released this week on the condition that he live in Linklater's garage.