Cricket in the Web: The 1949 Unsolved Murder That Unraveled Politics in New Mexico

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UNM Press, Jan 1, 2009 - History - 203 pages
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Ovida "Cricket" Coogler was last seen alive entering a mysterious car driven by an unknown man in downtown Las Cruces, New Mexico, around 3:00 on the morning of March 31, 1949. Seventeen days later, her body was found in a hastily dug grave near Mesquite, New Mexico. The discovery of the eighteen-year-old waitress's body launched a series of court inquiries and trials that would reshape the direction of New Mexico politics, expose political corruption, and spawn generations of rumors that have polarized opinions of what happened to Coogler that windy March morning.

Containing elements of mystery, conflict, power, fear, sex, and politics, the Coogler case has outlasted the brief amount of attention that most local unsolved murders receive. In this exhaustively researched study of the murder and its aftermath, Paula Moore provides the first objective account to examine the infamous murder and the events that unfolded in its wake.

  

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User Review  - RozMitchell - LibraryThing

I'm not sure this book would be of interest if you aren't from Las Cruces, but it was pretty interesting overall. I'd never heard the story of Cricket Coogler, and it was eerie how many of the names in this book I recognized, and how many landmarks are still there. A chilling read. Read full review

Review: Cricket in the Web: The 1949 Unsolved Murder That Unraveled Politics in New Mexico

User Review  - Gavin - Goodreads

I came to this through a review on www.crimemagazine.com, which has a monthly update of recently published crime books. I had no previous knowledge of this case or its ramifications for politics in ... Read full review

Contents

1 Crickets Locale
1
2 Cricket
6
3 Sheriff Alfonso Luchini Happy Apodaca
13
4 Crickets Last Hours
20
5 The Body Is Found Shoeless
35
6 The Body Handlers
42
7 The Doña Ana County Grand Jury
49
8 Politics and Payoffs
79
12 Wesley Byrd and the Torture Trial
128
13 Interesting Persons
149
14 What Happened to People after the Case
165
Epilogue
178
Acknowledgments
183
Crickets Last EveningPossible Timeline
185
The Many Colored Cars
193
Bibliography
196

9 Happy Apodacas Troubles Compound
87
10 Jerry Nuzum
100
11 Dan Sedillo
119

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About the author (2009)

Paula Moore is the former executive assistant to the president of New Mexico State University. She is coauthor of One Man's Word: A Seven Decade Personal History.

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