Magazine


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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FEATURES

MEMORIES OF A DEAD MAN WALKING
by Sister Helen Prejean

MURDER & IMAGINATION
by Donna Tartt

IN DEFENSE OF SOUTHERN WOMANHOOD
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

SHORT STORIES

SEND ME TO THE ELECTRIC CHAIR 
by Clyde Edgerton

SCAR VEGAS  
by Tom Paine

KINDRED SPIRITS 
by Brad Watson


DEPARTMENTS

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

WHAT HAPPENED TO ME
by Cristen Coker

OPINION

THE SOUTH MUST SAVE THE UNION 
by Andrew Peyton Thomas

ESSAY

A TRUE THING
by Carroll Dale Short

FIELD REPORT

DELTA CRACK
by Humphreys McGee

TRUTH INTERNATIONAL
by Linda Peal White

PSYCHOLOGY

FREEDOM FROM FEAR
by John Staddon

ANALYSIS

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

BLOODYBONES NIGHT 
by Jonathan Miles

SALVATION IN ORDER
by Fred Chappell

OFF THE SHELF SOUTHERN BESTSELLERS CONFESSIONAL

BAD GIRLS 
by Allison Glock

POETRY

FIFE THE FINISHER
by J.E. Pitts

COMICS

by P. Revess

END PIECE

ON STEALING
by Steve Yarbrough

SOUTHERN SCENES

by Robert Goldstrom