One of the most intriguing mysteries in U.S. criminal history comes alive more than 50 years later as the author sets the hunter and the hunted on a collision course in the author’s recently completed project, The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder that Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty, due to be released in hardback in September 2017 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Adolph Coors III, oldest son and heir to the Coors fortune, kisses his wife goodbye and heads down Colorado back roads to the Coors brewery. He’s unaware that at that same moment, a convicted murderer and California prison escapee is leaving his hideaway apartment in Denver, Colorado to set his two-year plan into motion.
Adolph Coors never makes it to the brewery. His wife opens a ransom note the following day demanding half a million dollars (millions today) for her husband’s safe return. The kidnapper’s demands are met, but both the kidnapper and the kidnapped disappear.
The largest manhunt in U.S. history since the disappearance of Lindbergh’s baby rushes into action. Air Force planes and helicopters search the Colorado mountains. Colorado state patrolmen and sheriff departments comb the countryside, interviewing potential witnesses, searching mines and caves, and following up leads. The FBI swoops in and identifies the kidnapper as the clever Joseph Corbett Jr., the FBI’s newest Most Wanted. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover guarantees the family patriarch Mr. Coors that his son will be returned safely and then announces that Corbett is the most wanted man since John Dillinger.
Despite tossing out an international dragnet by law enforcement, days turn to weeks and months without word from either Coors or Corbett. What happened to the heir of the Colorado beer empire and his abductor?
The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder that Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty will unveil the mystery.