In 1925 in Fayette County Texas, two teenage sisters, Minnie and Valeria Zapalac, became acquainted with a the twenty five year old son of a wealthy and influential family from Chappell Hill, Texas, William Henry Langhorne Jr. The girls were smitten with the smooth talking, dapper man. He always had money and drove new cars while the girls were from a working class family in La Grange, Texas. On the afternoon of February 3, 1925 Langhorne drove to La Grange, Texas and went to the home of the girls on the east side of town where he found Valeria at home. Apparently Langhorne wanted to go for a ride in his new Model T Ford Coupe. He and Valeria drove to the Cox home, friends of the Zapalac girls, and found Minnie with her friend Ethel Cox. Minnie got into the car with Valeria and Langhorne and went for a ride. Near Fayetteville, Texas Langhorne attempt to sexually assault Minnie when Valeria came to her aid. Langhorne shot Valeria twice with his pistol and while she was on the ground emptied the gun into her. He proceeded to assault and mutilate fourteen year old Minnie leaving her for dead. Langhorne fled the scene but was captured by the iconic Sheriff Will Loessin. Langhorne went to trial for murder and rape, was convicted and sentenced to death. Langhorne's wealthy father brought the big guns to bear in the defense of his son by hiring the famous attorney, Jake Wolters. With his money, daddy bought off Governor Ma Ferguson and her impeached former governor/husband, Jim Ferguson and had the death sentence commuted to life in prison. Gene Freudenberg, author and investigator, researched the case in depth revealing the corruption that kept Langhorne from the "chair" and eventally saw him released from prison by another governor. Retired District Judge Dan Beck of Fayette County called the book a gripping story of tragedy, youth denied and entitlement abused.
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