Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Who Killed These Girls?

Who Killed These Girls?  Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders by Beverly Lowry, 373 pages

On December 6, 1991, firefighters in Austin, Texas responded to reports of a small fire at an "I Can't Believe Its Yogurt!" shop in a suburban strip mall.  Inside they discovered the raped, murdered, partially burned corpses of four teenage girls.  Two young men were subsequently convicted of participating in the crime, but after ten years in prison they were released and all charges against them dropped.  The real perpetrators have never been caught.  

Beverly Lowry is intimately familiar with Austin.  She knows its neighborhoods, knows its people, and she knows how deeply this horrific crime wounded the community.  Most of all, having herself lost a child to an unknown hit-and-run driver, she knows something of the pain of the families of the victims.  This perspective turns Who Killed These Girls? into something more than an ordinary true crime book - a fact-based meditation on the inexplicable nature of evil and the elusive nature of truth.

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