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
How America’s first serial killer terrorized the city of Austin on Christmas Eve, 1885.
Excerpted from The Midnight Assassin.
“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.”
How two love-struck, type A high schoolers almost got away with murder.
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.
A high school student disappears, only to turn up more than 10 years later – posing as a high school student.
The Bandidos, Texas’s biggest motorcycle gang, say goodbye to one of their own.
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
Sandra Bridewell, a Dallas socialite, and the people around her who keep dying.
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.
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.