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Jesse Sublett and the World of '1960s Austin Gangsters'

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When one thinks about Austin in the 1960s, organized crime isn't the first thing that springs to mind. But during that decade, the Timmy Overton gang did everything it could to take over the Capital City.

That chapter of Austin's history is now largely forgotten; author Jesse Sublett, despite being a history buff and a fan of the noir, knew nothing of the story until stumbling across a newspaper article while researching an unrelated book.

After discovering the story of semi-organized crime in our city's past, Sublett's interest was piqued. He then spent years researching the topic, interviewing eye witnesses, family members, and past associates of the gang members. The result of that work is his new book '1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime That Rocked The Capital.'

Jesse Sublett will be appearing at a handful of book signings in the coming days:

Thursday, March 19 at 2:00 pm at South Congress Books

Monday, March 23 at 7:00 pm at BookPeople

and for SXSW badgeholders:

Friday, March 20 at 2:00 pm at the Austin Convention Center

Mike is a features producer at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for KUT.org. When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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