New Book Opens a Cold Case: Who Committed the Austin Yogurt Shop Murders?

The crime has haunted Austin since it happened in 1991.

By Joy DiazOctober 14, 2016 12:35 pm| ,

The setting is a yogurt shop in a middle-class Austin strip mall in the 1990s. In one minute, four teenage girls with dark hair and flashing smiles are inside, alive. The next minute, the shop is in flames and the girls are still inside, dead. Some were raped and all were shot.

This story has haunted Austin for 25 years.

A new book, telling the story of these murders, came out this month: “Who Killed These Girls? Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders”, by Beverly Lowry.

Clay Smith, editor-in-chief of Austin-based Kirkus Reviews, gives us a glimpse into the narrative:

“When you think of true crime, you think of those mass-market trade paperback books that used to be in the grocery store shelves when you checked out,” Smith says. “Every one of them, by page 10, you would know who the suspect was. By page 50 you would know something else would have happened – like clockwork. This is not that kind of a book.”

What you will hear in this segment:

– Why this story has haunted Austin for 25 years

– How and why Beverly Lowry chose to write this book

– What we are left with after reading