How Did They Die? Murders in Northern...

How Did They Die? Murders in Northern Texas 1892-1927

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Julie Coley


#1 Jun 18, 2009
How Did They Die? Murders in Northern Texas 1892-1927

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A book signing by author Julie Coley will be held Saturday, June 27, 2009 from 2-4 p.m. at the Kemp Public Library, 600 11th St., Wichita Falls, TX sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Books will be available to purchase at the signing.

Wichita Falls, TX -(May 22, 2009, Wichita Falls, Texas)- You will find yourself feeling sorry for some and loathing others who committed murders in Julie Coley's new book, "How Did They Die? Murders in Northern Texas 1892-1927.” After two years of research she has assembled 114 stories about those who were murdered in Northern Texas from Wichita County to Archer, Baylor, Childress, Clay, Montague, Cottle, Eastland, Dallas, Tarrant Counties and more. Each story includes a short genealogy at the end of each story with other interesting information about the people involved.

It wasn't just the common man or oil field worker who was murdered or who committed a murder during this period of time. In one instance a woman killed her husband and the entire city of Wichita Falls rallied around her and worked to get a pardon for her. Some of the most prominent men and their families in a community were also involved in murder in the early part of the century including actor Patrick Swayze's grandfather!

About Julie Coley

Julie Coley is a volunteer genealogist in Wichita Falls, Texas. She has been researching local history for many years and has photographed over 3000 headstones in cemeteries in Wichita, Clay and Archer County and has preserved them online for future generations. She is also a volunteer on and has helped people find their lost ancestors. While looking for obituaries for people who are searching their family tree and who lived far away from Wichita Falls, numerous front page headlines about murders caught her eye in the local newspaper. Coming from a long line of law enforcement, these stories intrigued her and she began to write about them. Her passion for local history has been turned into information that few have heard about and was often hidden from others.

For more information contact Julie Coley [email protected] You can order online through a secure server for shipment directly to you and view the table of contents at Click on “How Did They Die?” on the left hand sidebar.

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