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:
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