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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Yogurt Murders Reexamined

October 8, 2007

On December 6, 1991, firefighters responded to a fire at the “I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt” shop in North Austin. Inside, they found the burned bodies of four young women – Sarah Harbison, 15; Jennifer Harbison, 17; Eliza Thomas, 17; and Amy Ayers, 13, pictured below.

Young Girls Murdered

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered the Travis County district court to retry the case, some sixteen years after the murders.

So what happened? Mack White in his blog describes his review of the autopsy reports:

Sarah Harbison’s nude body was found gagged and with her hands bound behind her back with a pair of panties. Her body was severely charred, and there was an abrasion in the upper portion of the vulva and the vagina. She had been shot through the back of the head. A .22 lead bullet was recovered from her brain.

Jennifer Harbison’s nude body was not bound, but her body was found with her hands behind her back. Her body was severely charred, and she had been shot through the back of the head. A .22 lead bullet was recovered from her brain.

Eliza Thomas’ nude body was gagged and her hands bound behind her back with a brassiere. Her body was severely charred, and she had been shot through the back of the head. A .22 lead bullet was recovered from her brain.

Amy Ayers’s nude body was found with “a sock-like cloth material wrapped around her neck with a half hitch in the back.” Her body was not severely charred, but covered in second and “very early” third degree burns over 25 to 30 percent of its surface. She had been shot through the back of the head with the same .22 caliber gun used on the other girls, but the bullet did not enter the brain. However, a second gunshot of a caliber not specified in the report caused severe damage to the brain. This bullet exited the right lateral cheek and jaw area. No mention is made in the report whether or not this second bullet was recovered from the crime scene. Moebius contends that the damage caused by this bullet is consistent with that of a police-issue .38 caliber pistol.