High Noon Talk: Last Gangster in Austin

Onsite Program

July 6, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Hear a history of the criminal underground in 1970s Austin.

Event Details

In his new and extraordinary true-crime story, Last Gangster in Austin, Jesse Sublett takes us back to Austin in the 1970s to a town weirder and wilder than it is today. Join Jesse for a fascinating talk about Dixie Mafia Gangster Frank Hughey Smith and Ronnie Earl, the young district attorney responsible for prosecuting him.

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High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through a casual lunch-time lecture.

Program is FREE to the public.

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About the Presenter

Jesse Sublett is an author, musician, and painter in Austin. This is his fourteenth book. He last wrote about the Austin underworld in 1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime That Rocked the Capital. Other notable books include Armadillo World Headquarters: A Memoir (with Eddie Wilson), and his memoir Never the Same Again: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Gothic.

About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, performances, and scholarship guests are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

Banner image courtesy University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History

This program is made possible with funding from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the federal ARP Act.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.

Lectures, Talks, and Discussions