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Book Review: Who Killed These Girls? - The Unsolved Murders That Rocked a Texas Town

By Louis L. Akin

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Who Killed These Girls?
The Unsolved Murders That Rocked a Texas Town

By Beverly Lowry
Vintage (2017)


Who Killed These Girls? is a true story about Austin, Texas, criminal defense lawyers fighting to save three defendants — Robert Springsteen, Jr., Michael Scott, and Maurice Pierce — from death sentences resulting from false confessions. It is about determined police detectives and prosecutors who felt pressured by the public to arrest someone and send them to the death chamber, and members of the media who daily headlined every detail of the progress of the case. The book is about the families of the girls who died, and how the decade-long ordeal affected their lives. It is also about arrogance, egos, awards, and commendations. It is a case study in the navigation of a legally and factually difficult high-profile case.

Austin author Beverly Lowry takes the reader inside the meeting rooms and into the thinking of the actors from the first detective on the scene to t

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