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Sunday Speaker Series: Murder in Mathis – The Making of a Self-Published Book

July 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Set in rural South Texas in the 1920s, “Murder in Mathis” is a true crime story of the capture, trial and execution of a sociopathic murderer that almost committed the “perfect crime.” Harry Leahy, an attorney in Mathis, had kidnapped and murdered Dr. J.A. Ramsey, a physician in Mathis, over a land dispute that had involved local police, Texas Rangers and a trip to Mexico. In addition to discussing the murder story, Chance will provide self-publishing steps and tips, offering encouragement to anyone facing the challenge of becoming a published author. Copies of “Murder in Mathis” will be available for purchase.

A self-proclaimed “student of military and Texas history,” Chance is an accomplished and well-known local author of books, essays and newspaper columns. A long-time Rio Grande Valley resident, Chance shares his knowledge of Texas history through his many history books and other publications.

Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship. The museum is part of the Blue Star Museums program which allows active military members and up to five family members to be admitted for free.

This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to the community.


July 23
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Museum of South Texas History
200 N Closner Blvd
Edinburg, 78541 United States
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