Austin's NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Texas

The Austin Gangster Behind One of the City's Most Notorious Heists

Tim-Overton-the-Mobeetie-crew-1966-white-jumpsuits-700x8911.jpg
Courtesy of Jesse Sublett
Caught at Mobeetie 1966, from left: Jerry James, Fred Hedges, Hank Bowen, William Brown and Tim Overton.

Today’s podcast edition of Wayback Wednesday starts, like many Texas stories, with football. It also ends with football, but in the middle it’s got most of the things those other football stories don’t have: an amazing crime spree, with burglaries, bare-knuckle brawling, prostitution, federal investigations and a couple of murders. And it all starts with a kid from East Austin named Timmy Overton.

Special thanks to Jesse Sublett for his help on this episode, and be sure to check out his aptly titled book “1960s Austin Gangsters” for more on the history of the Timmy Overton and his gang. Believe me, it’s got plenty more stories – Elvis gets punched in the face, Eddie Wilson and the Armadillo World Headquarters are featured and even the late, great KUT/X DJ Paul Ray makes an appearance.

Related Content