Austin History Center, IOU a lot, and on Museum DaySunday, Sept. 20th — it’s payback time. I spent hundreds of hours at AHC researching my latest book, “1960s Austin Gangsters,” and on Museum Day, 2-3 PM, I’ll be presenting an extra-special multimedia gig in appreciation. Come down to see photos of Hattie Valdes, the most infamous and successful Austin madam of the 20th century, the girls who worked for her, and the bad, bad men who ruled the Austin vice scene in the 1960s. Timmy Overton, his brothers Darrell and Charles, the infamous Jerry Ray “Fat Jerry” James, Hank “the Bank” Bowen, Chester “Magoo” Schutz… their safecracking gear, what they looked like and talked like. I’ll be singing a short set of my Austin underworld ballads, too. Mark your calendar, ya mugs.

Click Austin Museum Day for a press release on Museum Day in Austin and the list of participating places with free admission on 9.20.15.

More info soon. You can keep up by checking back here or my Jesse Sublett on Facebook page. Austin History Center is on Facebook, too.


Jesse Sublett, author, artist at large.

Five members of Timmy Overton’s crew apprehended after a massive manhunt across the Texas Panhandle in March 1966. LR: Jerry James, Fred Hedges, Hank Bowen, William Brown and (in back) Tim Overton

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