"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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."..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."