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Austin’s Sisters in Crime Prefer Their Ink Mixed With a Little Blood
Murders, they write
Arts Story  July 5, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Kathy Waller. They're sisters in crime, and they write – and read – and are generally fascinated by – the unnerving variety of evil that humans do...."

Five Things to Do in Austin This Weekend
Because what good is sitting? Alone? In your room?
DAILY Arts  May 26, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...5) SISTERS IN CRIME: FREE MYSTERY WORKSHOP That’s right – maybe not just consume what others have conjured for public enjoyment, but learn how to create a little (literary) excitement yourself, as the local sisters of vicarious skulduggery take over BookPeople to present three professional writers who’ll help you whip your crime-riddled narratives into shape this Saturday...."

July Is Crime Month
As summer heats up, the 'Chronicle' runs afoul of the law, in fiction and nonfiction
Arts Story  July 3, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Misdeeds know no season, but when a curiously large number of new mystery and true crime books slated for summer release was dumped off at the Chronicle offices like so many dead bodies, it seemed an optimum time to indulge our love for the unlawful. Thus, we give you July Is Crime Month, four weeks' worth of Chronicle writers and editors going down those "mean streets" and sharing what they've found there: reviews of recent crime fiction and nonfiction, interviews with authors and publishers in the field, plugs for upcoming crime-related readings and screenings, and appreciations of classic crime sagas – and their creators – in print and onscreen..."

Scene of the Crime
Revisiting the yogurt shop murders: A cold case reconsideration of the 1991 crime points away from the prosecution's assumptions and conclusions
News Story  December 16, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...She had convened a press conference to deliver big news. Ten years after city and county officials gathered to announce that they'd found the four men responsible for the grisly 1991 yogurt shop murders, Lehmberg had decided to dismiss all charges against the only two men ever tried for the crime, Robert Springsteen and Michael Scott..."

Murder in the Suburbs
Good Luck Penny
News Story  December 11, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...Roger Scaggs' fingerprints were later lifted from two of the plastic drawers. Not a drop of blood was found in the bathroom and police found no other blood or useful fingerprint evidence anywhere else in the house, leading crime scene expert Bob Henderson to conclude that "whoever dumped the drawers out did it before the murder or after the cleanup."..."

Go for Sisters
John Sayles' new film, which stars Edward James Olmos and LisaGay Hamilton, is the indie film icon's best work in years.
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Film Review  December 6, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Still, Go for Sisters goes down so many blind alleyways in its quest to find Bernice’s son that the film sometimes feels more like an encyclopedia of social woes than a crime drama. Sequences like the visit to Fontayne’s prison girlfriend (who is now out of jail and has a child and a husband who knows nothing about her lesbian dalliance) and the Tijuana scene in which the women are shown the tunnel that crosses over to the U.S..."

Prosecutors Say New DNA Evidence in Yogurt Shop Case Doesn't 'Exonerate' Defendant
A lawyer for yogurt shop defendant Robert Springsteen says that re-tested DNA evidence found in a vaginal swab proves his client is not guilty, and that Springsteen should be released from prison.
DAILY News  April 16, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...A lawyer for yogurt shop defendant Robert Springsteen says that re-tested DNA evidence proves his client is not guilty, and that Springsteen should be released from prison. In the writ, filed Wednesday morning, attorney Joe James Sawyer argues that “new” DNA testing of a vaginal swab taken from 13-year-old victim Amy Ayers at the crime scene in 1991 – testing requested by Travis Co..."

Outside In
Jay Duplass and Edie Falco in a story of post-prison re-integration.
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Film Review  May 25, 2018, by Kimberley Jones
"...One of the great strengths of their sensitive, contained script is that it respects the audience to piece together context without a giant info dump, and to intuit an emotion without having it broadcast via monologue. And one of the frustrations of the script’s restraint is that it steers so wide of melodrama it sometimes bypasses the drama altogether – see: Carol’s strained marriage to whatshisface – or, oppositely, creates a sense of suspense that doesn’t pay off, as in the slow-drip reveal of Chris’ long-ago crime...."

In America
The masterful storyteller Jim Sheridan, along with a wonderful cast, tell the story of a family whom you'll never forget.
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Film Review  December 19, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...New York’s Hell’s Kitchen is not the kind of place people generally go when seeking spiritual renewal or even something as simple as a more positive outlook on life. Amid the tenements and crime and poverty and junkies, people who wander into the neighborhood’s clutches from elsewhere are not guaranteed safe egress; in fact, it’s more likely they’ll be sucked into the district’s downward spiral than elevated by its street rot and social decay..."

Norwood Trial: Setting the Scene of the Crime
Testimony began Tuesday in long-awaited murder trial
DAILY News  September 14, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Leo Enriquez, a former APD assistant chief who in 1988 was working patrol around North Austin, was the first officer to respond. He was followed shortly after by Robert Cearley and Rudy Landeros, the two homicide detectives who first investigated the scene and crime..."

The Never-Ending (Crime) Story
Although their case has hit a dead end, prosecutors of the yogurt shop murders say they're determined to find the 'unknown suspect' – and then to retry Michael Scott and Robert Springsteen
News Story  July 17, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...On Wednesday, June 24, Michael Scott and Robert Springsteen walked out of jail after spending nearly 10 years behind bars for the 1991 murders of four girls at a North Austin yogurt shop – a crime both insist they took no part in...."

Springsteen Sues for Innocence – in Bexar County
Freed inmate takes his case to a friendlier venue
News Story  March 7, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...More than four years after the dismissal of the capital murder charges filed against him in connection with the notorious 1991 yogurt shop murders, Robert Springsteen has filed a civil case in Bexar County district court, asking that a judge make a finding that he is actually innocent of that crime. "Without a judicial declaration of innocence, there is no recourse for the innocent who are wrongly accused or convicted," reads the suit, filed in December 2013...."

Ring in the HollyDaze
Holiday Movie Previews
Screens Story  November 29, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...One False Move's scriptwriter and actor Billy Bob Thornton also tries his hand at directing with this story about a simple man released from an asylum after committing a gruesome crime 25 years earlier; Dwight Yoakam and John Ritter are both surprisingly cast. With this project, Thornton writes, directs, and stars, and many are saying that he may have hit the trifecta...."

Sunshine Cleaning
Two sisters try to remedy the financial and emotional paralysis of their lives by starting a company that specializes in crime-scene cleanups.
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Film Review  March 27, 2009, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Her father (Arkin) is a quirky old man with a thousand get-rich-quick schemes, her son (Spevack) is a quirky young man with emotional problems, and her younger sister, Norah (Blunt), is a sarcastic depressive who paints her disaffection in thick black lines under her eyes. Together the sisters try to remedy the financial and emotional paralysis of their lives by starting a company that specializes in crime-scene cleanups, meaning they’ll have plenty of opportunities to confront the lingering damage of their own lives while sifting through the emotional detritus of other people’s..."

Austin's Paranormal Activity
Four places to check out if you ain't afraid of no ghosts
DAILY Arts  October 10, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...If all these shows have you hankering to hunt haints yourself, then you'll want to drop by the next Sisters in Crime meeting on Sun., Oct. 14..."

Manny & Lo
Families, as we all know, are not always planned. Sometimes they're forged from the darnedest circumstances, neither random or plotted, and definitely not genetic. For the two teenage sisters in...
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Film Review  September 20, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Elaine is dressed in a nurse's uniform and dispenses unsolicited baby advice to anyone within earshot. To the girls, Elaine is clearly the most desirable commodity in the store, so in the same way in which they've satisfied all their other physical needs, they steal Elaine from the store -- except with human beings, the crime is kidnapping, not theft..."

Five Recommended Arts Events This Weekend
Just, ah, watch out for those big ol’ motorbikes, mmmkay?
DAILY Arts  June 8, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...5) When they say that the Travis County Search & Rescue team is going to the dogs, what they’re probably talking about – in admiration – is the group’s exemplary K9 Unit. And you can learn what working with those heroic hounds is like, as K9 Unit leader Elizabeth Bryant dishes the goods for the latest meeting of Sisters In Crime: Heart of Texas Chapter at Cafe Express this Sunday afternoon...."

Texas Writers Month
Books Story  April 29, 1999
"...Tuesday, May 11 7pm Sisters in Crime sponsors a panel discussion, Strong Women Sleuths, with Susan Wade, Evelyn Palfrey, L.C. Hayden, and Susan Wittig Albert at BookWoman..."

Femmes Fatales: Rounding up Austin's Women of Mystery
Books Story  May 2, 1997, by Anna Hanks
"...In Barbara Strickland's interview with Susan Wade, Wade referred to a community of writers, and part of that community is profiled here. These community members share many common traits: They write series with recurring characters, have been nominated for many of the same awards, get fan mail, belong to the Sisters in Crime and/or the Austin Writer's League..."

And the Edgar goes to...
Books Story  May 2, 1997
"...HAMMETT: Given by International Crime Writers Association. Traditionally, membership in the Crime Writers Association is extended to writers who have published three or more books...."

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