Adolf Coors: How A Powerful CEO Was Murdered In Cold Blood

Adolf Coors

When trying to make a list of the greatest manhunts that have ever gone down in the history of the world today, I assure you that the case of the kidnapping and murder of Coors will be on the list.

Now I know manhunt and kidnapping are certainly not a new thing in the world today, but the case of this particular kidnap happens to be one of a kind, and without much waste of time, we will see why:

But first, let’ s get a better picture of who this said Coors is and what made him so important that the largest manhunt had to be launched for him.

Who Is Coors?

Born on the 12th of January in Colorado, U. S in the year 1915, Adolf Coors III, before his murder on the 9th of February 1960, was the CEO and also the Chairman of the Boards of the Coors Brewing company owned by his grandfather, Adolf Coors I.

It’ s no surprise why his kidnap spearheaded a wide and the second largest manhunt ever witnessed in America.

Adolf Coors, before his untimely demise, was not just a successful man, but was also married with four children.

Adolf Coors Kidnap And Manhunt

The terror for the Coors family began on the 9th of February 1960, when Coors was allegedly kidnapped on his way to work. The next day, a letter was mailed to his wife asking her to pay a ransom of $500, 000 to guarantee the safe return of her husband.

On that same day, however, Coors’ belongings, which included a stain of his blood on the floor, his hat, and glass, were found on the bridge by a milkman who immediately alerted the police.

With that, the police followed the trail on the bridge, which led to the second- largest manhunt after Lindbergh’ s baby kidnap.

The large manhunt was, however, fruitless, as they were unable to save or even rescue Coor from his kidnappers. A few months had passed, a hiker on the 11th of September 1970, reported a discarded trouser that had a pocket knife that had Coors initials on it on a mountain, and a few days later, a Coors shirt and skull were discovered in a remote area.

Was The Culprit Found?

After the sudden kidnapping of Adolf Coors, a witness revealed that he had seen a yellow 1951 Mercury with the letters ” AT” and numerals ” 62″ somewhere in the license plate combination on the bridge around the time of Coors’ disappearance.

After the description from the witness, a car matching the description was found torched in a dump in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Again, investigators also traced the car back to a Colorado resident named Walter Osborne, who suspiciously moved out of his Denver apartment the day after the kidnapping. The name ” Walter Osborne” was revealed to be an alias for Corbett. According to Wikipedia, the international obsession with the case, including a picture of Corbett in an issue of Reader’ s Digest. Corbett was recognized by two neighbors in Vancouver, BC, and was arrested as well.

As the investigation seemed too difficult to hold the culprit after no reliable witnesses were found, prosecutors moved on and built a very strong case against Corbett through circumstantial and forensic evidence they had.

However, the ransom note typeface was later traced back to Corbett’ s typewriter after Corbett’ s coworkers overheard him talking about a plan that would earn him over a million dollars.

The biggest piece of evidence was found in the undercarriage of the yellow Mercury. Investigators were able to trace the car’ s path by noting the rare pink feldspar and granite minerals found in the area where Coors’ body was discovered.

Killer Of Adolf Coors

After much investigation was done, and with the help of an eyewitness, it was gathered that Adolf Coors was murdered by Joseph Corbett alongside his supposed allies, Walter Osborne, in what they referred to as a failed kidnap.

Joseph Corbet, even after pleading not guilty and claiming not to have been responsible for Coors’ death, was charged with first- degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

He was, however, left out of prison in 1980 due to good behavior and was sent on parole. In August 2009, at the age of 80, he committed suicide.

Well, what do you know? Karma never misses I guess.

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