The Death of An Heir
Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked An American Brewing DynastyBook - 2017
The Coors family's gilded American dream turned into a nightmare when a meticulously plotted kidnapping went horribly wrong. In the 1950s and '60s, the Coors dynasty reigned over Golden, Colorado, seemingly invincible. When rumblings about labor unions threatened to destabilize the family's brewery, Adolph Coors, Jr., the septuagenarian president of the company, drew a hard line, refusing to budge. They had worked hard for what they had, and no one had a right to take it from them. What they'd soon realize was that they had more to lose than they could have imagined. On the morning of Tuesday, February 9, 1960, Adolph "Ad" Coors III, the 44-year-old CEO of the multimillion-dollar Colorado beer empire, stepped into his car and headed for the brewery twelve miles away. At a bridge he stopped to help a man in a yellow Mercury sedan. On the back seat lay handcuffs and leg irons. The glove box held a ransom note ready to be mailed. His coat pocket shielded a loaded pistol. What happened next set off the largest manhunt in the United States since the Lindbergh kidnapping. State and local authorities, along with an FBI investigation personally spearheaded by its director, J. Edgar Hoover, burst into action attempting to locate Ad and his kidnapper. The dragnet spanned a continent. All the while, Ad's grief-stricken wife and children waited, tormented by the unrelenting silence. The Death of an Heir reveals the true story behind the tragic murder of Colorado's favorite son.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: x, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm