• Who Killed These Girls?

  • Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders
  • By: Beverly Lowry
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Who Killed These Girls?

By: Beverly Lowry
Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Crossed Over, another masterful account of a horrible crime: the murder of four girls, countless other ruined lives, and the evolving complications of the justice system that frustrated the massive attempts - for 25 years now - to find and punish those who committed it.

The facts are brutally straightforward. On December 6, 1991, the naked, bound and gagged bodies of four girls - each one shot in the head - were found in an I Can't Believe It's Yogurt! shop in Austin, Texas. Grief, shock, and horror spread out from their families and friends to overtake the city itself. Though all branches of law enforcement were brought to bear, the investigation was often misdirected, and after eight years only two men (then teenagers) were tried. Moreover, their subsequent convictions were eventually overturned, and Austin PD detectives are still working on what is now a very cold case.

Over the decades the story has grown to include DNA technology, false confessions, and other developments facing crime and punishment in contemporary life. But this story belongs to the scores of people involved, and from them Lowry has fashioned a riveting saga that sounds like a Russian novel - comprehensive and thoroughly engrossing.

©2016 Beverly Lowry (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Beverly Lowry is rapidly becoming the Zola of Central Texas. Her character studies only get better." (Larry McMurtry)
"An epic story: everyone touched by it was broken in some way. A vivid depiction of the upheaval these tragedies unleash, and the fallacy of closure." (Dave Cullen, author of Columbine)
"Compulsively readable, a real nail-biter, Beverly Lowry's latest foray into true crime is as much a finely layered study of locale as an examination of the inexplicable violence of the human animal. Detail by detail, in beautifully turned, nuanced sentences, she uncovers and probes with patient skill this tragic communal wound." (Phillip Lopate)

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Good story ruined by terrible narration

This is such a heartbreaking, tragic story. It was difficult to get beyond the narrator. She is monotone and sounds like a computerized voice. It was like nails on a chalkboard.

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Dislike the authors approach

I disliked the approach the author took in writing about this horrific crime. I will not finish reading it because I would have rather heard about the victims than the injustice in the criminal justice system. This angle kept getting worse as I read on and it just wasn’t what I expected.

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Incomplete

A very sad story that is incomplete to thus day. Hopefully there will someday be Justice for these young girls

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Interesting, Compelling, Shocking

How is it that so many supposed professionals can look at a confession that has every indication of being coerced continue with a prosecution? It's unbelievable to me that so many detectives, prosecutors, district attorneys, judges, and jurors can be so incompetent that they can't use common sense when deciding someone's life. If a detective has to feed details of the crime to a person making a confession so that his confession matches the evidence, that is not a confession. If there is not one shred of physical evidence to back up that confession, it's a false confession.

The same pattern repeats over and over again. One or more individuals is tried and convicted based on nothing more than a false confession. Years later, most often through DNA testing, it is discovered that DNA found at the scene doesn't match any of the people convicted of the crime. So what do the prosecutors and detectives and judges responsible for the mistake do?

A story like this takes years to run its course. Author Beverly Lowry spent eight years working on this book. She examines the crime, the murder and rape of four young girls in Austin, Texas on December 6, 1991, from every possible perspective. Through a very careful review of the record, she paints a clear picture of how so many people got so much wrong. If you stick with the evidence, it is almost certain that the two men responsible for this heinous crime were in the yogurt shop as the girls were closing up. They committed the crime. Are you sure?

I wanted to read this book because I lived in Austin most of the years that this was going on. I wanted to know the outcome. It's very compelling. The Audible was better than the book I thought.







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Great Book and Performance

This is one of the most well written true crime books out there. I will be looking for more from this author.

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It was thorough, but probably too much so.

It was too long, imo. I didn't care for the reader's voice, tbh. It was thorough, but I got lost in too much detail.

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A Sad Case

To some, this case has been solved, to most, the real killers are still out there. This audiobook takes a hard look at how law enforcement goes about solving crimes and how questionable tactics can throw justice into chaos. All the characters are fleshed out fairly well so you have a good feel for their motives and lifestyles.
Some listeners have mentioned the narrator for this book. While she does not have the smooth voice we have come to expect on audiobooks, she still is a competent narrator and you become accustomed to her way of speaking after a short while.
There isn't much joy to find in this factual account, with true crime there rarely is, but this is a good treatment of the case and the sad loss of the young girls working in the yogurt shop that night.

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if miscarriages of justice & cold cases are your type of true crime book, check out “Who Killed These Girls?: The Twenty- Five Year History of the Austin Yogurt Shop Murders” by Beverly Lowry. If you like audiobooks, Amanda Carlin does a great job at narrating this heartbreaking and infuriating case where absolutely no one has come out with justice - just miscarriages of justice all around from the start & you need to really focus on the science & true DNA found that proved the innocence & the fact that the confessions were coerced on a disgustingly obvious level.

5/5 stars from me; I learned & felt a LOT. Definitely worth reading!

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A lot of information, horrible narration.

Good book with lots of details involving the case, but the awful narration was hard to get past.

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Excellent coverage of a horrible tragedy

This is a great book. I've read other reviews that said they didn't like the narration, but I thought Carlin's performance was wonderful. It sounds like a real person reading a real account of a real tragedy. I found her inflection and clearly emotional reaction to some of the grizzlier details to be humanizing and welcomed.

I am very familiar with the case through personal research (I have "internet obsessions" which lead me to do a lot of research on the following; 1). Yogurt Shop 2). EAR/ONS GSK 3). West Memphis Three 4). Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders 5). The 1989 McRae / Horton - Gulf Power / Worthy murders

This devastating crime in Austin, TX in December 1991 took the lives of far more than just the four innocent young ladies who were killed on the ICBY premises. It ruined the lives of many more people, including the first detective on scene, firefighters, and the community at large.

I think this book is better than "Murdered Innocents" by Corey Mitchell (which covers the same murders and investigation and was written earlier) - and certainly contains more emotional insight from those involved.

If you're only going to read / listen to one of the accounts of the crime, investigation, trials, and aftermath, this is the better choice, in my opinion.