Featured Collection: True Crime

True Crime books on display at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Our newest Featured Collection on display in the reference reading room offers stories of true crime in Texas. Selected titles highlight some of the most notorious cases in Texas history. Journalist Steve Sellers exposes a sheriff’s department in East Texas whose officers abused drivers and the legal system in, “Terror on Highway 59.” Winner of the 1977 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, Thomas Thompson’s “Blood Money” details the mystery surrounding the death of a Houston socialite and the subsequent murder of her husband. Read about deeply reported and compelling events like these in the other books on view.

To search for these books and more, check out our catalog at www.tsl.texas.gov/catalog. If you are interested in checking out a title on our Featured Collection shelf, please visit the reference desk in room 109. Below is the complete list of titles you’ll find on our Featured Collection shelf this month.



Call No.


Selena: como la flor

Patoski, Joe Nick

782.42164 P274s


The man with the candy; the story of the Houston mass murders

Olsen, Jack

364.1523 OL8


Bad boy from Rosebud: the murderous life of Kenneth Allen McDuff

Lavergne, Gary M.

364.15 L388b


Blood aces: the wild ride of Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker

Swanson, Doug J.

364.1092 Sw24b


Blood and money

Thompson, Thomas

364.1523 T378B


Evil among us: the Texas Mormon missionary murders

Driggs, Ken

364.15 D832e


Fetch the devil: the Sierra Diablo murders and Nazi espionage in America

Richmond, Clint

364.1523 R414f


Legends & lore of the Texas Capitol

Cox, Mike

725.11028 C839L


Poison for profit

McKinnon, Mac B. (Mac Byrton)

364.1523 M216p


Ten Deadly Texans

Yadon, Laurence J.

364.1092 Y106t


Terror on highway 59

Sellers, Steve

070.924 SE48T


The bridge: a true account of the most horrible crime in the history of Fayette County, Texas

Freudenberg, Gene L.

976.4251 F895b


The Carrasco tragedy: eleven days of terror in the Huntsville prison

House, Aline

365.641 H816C


The day Kennedy died

Wise, Dan

923.173 K3835w


The midnight assassin: panic, scandal, and the hunt for America’s first serial killer

Hollandsworth, Skip

364.152 H719mi


The Zani murders

Fero, Kelly

364.1523 F399Z


True stories of crime from the District attorney’s office

Train, Arthur Cheney

920.7 T682t


Texas Monthly on– Texas true crime

Smith, Evan

Z UA380.8 T312TR


A sniper in the tower: the Charles Whitman murders

Lavergne, Gary M.

Z N745.8 SN36 1997


Death on the lonely Llano Estacado: the assassination of J.W. Jarrott, a forgotten hero

Neal, Bill

Z N745.8 N25de


Eleven days in hell: the 1974 Carrasco prison siege in Huntsville, Texas

Harper, William T.

Z N745.8 H234el


No hope for heaven, no fear of hell: the Stafford-Townsend feud of Colorado County, 1871-1911

Kearney, James C.

Z N745.8 K214no


The girl in the grave: and other true crime stories

Stowers, Carlton

Z S850.8 ST79gi


The trials of Eroy Brown: the murder case that shook the Texas prison system

Berryhill, Michael

Z UA380.8 B459TR


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