A Murder In Texas in Historic Houston Posted March 10, 2014 And you should NOT under any circumstances read the trash version of the story written by John Hill's second wife Ann Kurth Hill. Murder in Texas is the book that became the TV movie, and it's mostly cheap and tawdry fiction. That's why Hollywood TV moguls just fell all over themselves turning it into a a prime time movie. The late and lamented Thomas "Tommy" Thompson was a very good and prolific Houston newspaper reporter who poured his journalistic talents into writing very erudite and readable non-fiction true-crime stories. Blood and Money is his best, and it is the best and most accurate telling of this crazy and sordid story. Sadly, Thompson left us far too soon. He died of a liver infection in 1982, just weeks after his 49th birthday. I took our our copy of Blood and Money off the bookshelf and found that that it was published in 1976, the first year it came out. It is well worn from being passed around to friends and relatves. That speaks for its popularity. My wife commented that she went to high school (San Jacinto) with Thompson's wife, Joyce.