205 Chapters
Medium 9781574410723

12 The Convenience Store

Gary M. Lavergne University of North Texas Press PDF


The Convenience Store

“We had a feeling that this is bad; this can’t wait.”

—Bill Johnston,

United States Attorney


Officially, Kenneth McDuff completed graduation requirements from

TSTI in late February, 1992. The certificate he “earned” was mailed to J.

A. and Addie. For most students, graduation means an opportunity to seek employment and build a future. For Kenneth McDuff, it probably meant an end to his state-supported lifestyle of sex and drugs. Reportedly, just a couple of days before his rendezvous with Holly, he had driven to Victoria, Texas, to interview for a job. According to Addie, he was excited at the prospect of gainful employment at the Victoria Machine Works, and then crushed to learn he was not hired. It was on February 29, 1992, according to Addie, that “Kenneth left [her home] so mad he didn’t take his glasses or his clothes.”1

And so, during the early morning hours of March 1, he might still have harbored anger over not getting a job he and his mother claimed he wanted very badly. More likely, however, his anger centered over the end of a very bad night. He had no money and could not get any because his cigarettes had been stolen from him; his Thunderbird had broken down the day after over $800 had been spent repairing it; he was coming down from an evening of smoking crack, and he had not had a woman. In a mood fashioned by such a bizarre evening, Kenneth McDuff headed towards the Quik Pak #8.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781574411805

Six—“Put down your arms and surrender safely.”

William T. Harper University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Six

“Put down your arms and surrender safely.”

—TDC Director, Jim Estelle, Jr.

Montemayor’s contact with Carrasco seemed to bring progress. Carrasco assured him that if the authorities did not “charge me, the hostages will be safe.”1 A hand-written message from Estelle was sent to the library. “You have not harmed anyone,” it read.

“Neither have we. We cannot dishonor the hostages by placing them in greater danger by delivering more weapons to you . . . we cannot do more than ask you to consider the feelings of your own family and the feelings of your hostages and their family. Put down your arms and surrender safely.”2

Carrasco was told if he freed his civilian prisoners along with Heard and gave himself up, his attorney would witness his safe surrender in front of the media to make sure “we do not hurt you, injure you, brutalize you . . .”3 What they were telling him was they would give him almost anything he wanted—except exit from the prison. The mercurial Carrasco flew into a rage and negotiations fell apart. By now, Father

See All Chapters
Medium 9781574410297


Gary M. Lavergne University of North Texas Press ePub

The Neat Little House and the Swank Apartment


On the front lawn of 906 Jewell Street, a single sapling struggled to reach the heights of the older trees in the neighboring yards. The front yard faced south, and from the street a narrow concrete sidewalk connected the curb to two steps leading to a small porch. From the edges, thick grass struggled to grow over the sidewalk. A screen door kept flying pests outside during suffocating summers when the front door was left open. Various shades of tan brick covered all exterior walls of the house. Inside were five small rooms; the front door led to a living room, which ted to a small dining room and finally to a kitchen facing the back yard. On the east side of the house were two small bedrooms and a bath. The back bedroom served as Charlie's study, and on its wall Charlie hung a sign; “Strength Has No Quarter.” Charlie and Kathy used the front bedroom.1

In April of 1966 Charlie and Kathy Whitman moved to 906 Jewell Street in south Austin. At the time, the tree in the front yard was a struggling sapling. Directly behind the tree is the front bedroom used by the Whitmans, where Charles murdered Kathy on 1 August 1966. The garage to the right and behind the house is where Charlie stored “a whole lot of military stuff.” Gary Lavergne.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781574410297


Gary M. Lavergne University of North Texas Press PDF
Medium 9781574412048

Chapter 15: “Casting Out Devils”

David Johnson University of North Texas Press PDF

chapter 15

“Casting Out Devils”

As the Reddings and Olneys fled Texas for the safety of New

Mexico, the sheriff of Coleman County arrested some of their party.

Details of the arrest are lacking, but the sheriff lodged them in the jail at Brownwood due to its greater security. It was a futile effort. On

May 11, 1877, a number of men rode into Brownwood and calmly ate lunch. One paper reported that “immediately after dinner” a number of horses were hitched outside the front of the jail and others on the west side. Around three thirty in the afternoon four men entered the sheriff’s office and asked if the County Clerk was present. “They then asked to see the ‘record of Marks and Brands,’ which Mr. Ford very politely placed before them for their inspection.”1

Having gained access to the sheriff’s office, one of the men suddenly drew two pistols and demanded the keys to the jail. At the same time two sentinels posted on the outside of the jail told their comrades to “Hurry up, boys, we are in danger.” The sheriff was forced to release the prisoners they had come for. The men immediately armed themselves, then fled the jail.

See All Chapters

See All Chapters