The Death of An Heir

The Death of An Heir

Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked An American Beer Dynasty

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The Death of an Heir is Philip Jett's chilling true account of the Coors family's gilded American dream that 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 U.S. manhunt since the Lindbergh kidnapping. State and local authorities, along with the FBI 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
ISBN: 9781250111807
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 JET
Characteristics: x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Nov 12, 2017

The sad tale of a kidnapping and its aftermath. The only reason the books was written, as far as I can tell, was because the Coorses were rich and powerful. They were not particulary interesting people. The work the FBI did was significant, because J Edgar Hoover had made the kidnapping the number one domestic case, at the behest of the Coorses. Recommended, but only marginally.

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