of the founder of Coors Brewery, Adolph Coors, failed to arrive at work from the
drive in from his Morrison, Colorado, home on this day. A ransom demand was received,
but he was found later in the year shot dead.
FBI launches a massive manhunt for Joe Corbett. Corbett had already been convicted
for manslaughter, but escaped from a minimum security facility to which he had
been moved after an initial stay at San Quentin.
yellow Mercury car, seen at the scene of the kidnap, and owned by Corbett, was
found on fire eight days after the kidnap. Analysis of dirt in the car could be
traced back to the scene of the kidnap.
would eventually be apprehended after the FBI distributed 1.5 million posters
of his picture. A ransom letter was traced to Corbett's typewriter. It was also
proved at his trial that Corbett had bought handcuffs, leg irons and a gun through
the mail in the months before the kidnapping. He was eventually apprehended in
was convicted in 1961. He was released in 1980.