Coors Kidnapping Case Study

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Carter Capute
Forensics Honors
April 5, 2011

Coors Kidnapping Case Study

Adolph Coors III was born on January 12, 1916 in New Hampshire. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy for High School, then fallowed in his father’s footsteps and attended Cornell University in upstate New York, where his brother Joseph would attend only a few years later. During his time at Cornell, Coors became the president of the Quill and Dagger Chapter, and was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. In his youth, Coors was a very good skier. He traveled all over the country, and in 1998 was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Coors was the next heir to the throne of the great American brewing company, and multimillion dollar empire.

Joe Corbett was born on October 25, 1928 in Seattle, Washington. He attended the University of Oregon, and was about to enroll in the medical school. However, in 1951, Corbett got into an altercation with an Air Force sergeant, where Corbett eventually shot him in the back of the head. Corbett claimed self defense at first, but eventually pleaded guilty. Later that year, Corbett was put in maximum security at San Quentin Prison. In 1959, due to his good behavior, he was lowed into the minimum security part of the prison, where he soon after escaped. After his escape, he went by the alias of Walter Osborne.

Coors was driving to work from his home in Morrison, Colorado, when he all of a sudden went missing. Only eight days later, a yellow Mercury was found on fire in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The car had been torched on purpose, but did not burn quickly enough because authorities were still able to trace the serial number on the motor back to Corbett. After this discovery, several residents in Morrison, Colorado said that they had seen that same car around the time of Coors’s disappearance.

This ended up being a positive match because, mud and dirt found on the bottom of Corbett’s Mercury matched the dirt that was...
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