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Issue 11, Spring 1996


“I hope this Special Issue of the Oxford American,  in some little way least, brings into focus something of the true horror and size of America’s crime problem. Much of what we examine in these pages is nightmarish, but when you look at crime . . . you don’t get it any other way.” — Editor’s Letter

Features by Sister Helen Prejean, Donna Tartt, Julia Reed, Paige Williams, and more.

Fiction by Clyde Edgerton, Tom Paine, and Brad Watson. End Piece by Steve Yarbrough, and more.

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The Failed Southern Lady:
Poor Bleeding Bohemia
by Florence King

Dealer’s Choice:
Unsafe at Any Speed
by Hal Crowther

Personal Essay:
My Life of Crime
by Joy Tremewan

Personal Essay:
What Happened to Me
by Cristen Coker

The South Must Save the Union
by Andrew Peyton Thomas

A True Thing
by Carroll Dale Short

Field Report:
Delta Crack
by Humphreys McGee

Field Report:
Truth International
by Linda Peal White

Freedom from Fear
by John Staddon

Crime in the South
by Dave Shifflett

Southern Video:
Mr. Mitchum & the Fugitive Kinds
by Randy Thornton

Southern Dining:
A Taste of Danger
by Stephanie Riegel

The Writing Life:
On Creating Violence
by Richard Bausch

Southern Books:
White Man’s Burden
by Stephanie Zacharek

Southern Books:
Bloodybones Night
by Jonathan Miles

Southern Books:
Salvation in Order
by Fred Chappell

Bad Girls
by Allison Glock

by P. Revess

End Piece:
On Stealing
by Steve Yarbrough

Southern Scenes
by Robert Goldstrom


Memories of a Dead Man Walking
by Sister Helen Prejean

Murder & Imagination
by Donna Tartt

In Defense of Southern Womanhood: How to Kill Your Man and Walk
by Julia Reed

The Chief of Charleston: Reuben Greenberg
by Paige Williams

Evil Hearts: The Kentucky Race Murder of 1995
by Dennis Covington

Death Row Portraits
by John Ramsey Miller


Send Me to the Electric Chair
by Clyde Edgerton

Scar Vegas
by Tom Paine

Kindred Spirits
by Brad Watson


Fife the Finisher, by J.E. Pitts