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

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

by Paula Moore
 

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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

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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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Ovida "Cricket" Coogler attracted much more attention dead than alive. This pretty, semi-educated, hardworking waitress spent much of her free time hanging out at local bars in Las Cruces, New Mexico, often falling for pickup lines and free drinks. After she disappeared on the last day of March 1949, this 18-year-old barfly became a local, if absent celebrity; when her body turned up 17 days later, Cricket began generating the concern that had previously been absent in her life. Her murder was never solved, but it did spawn scores of indictments, the firing of several law enforcement officials, and a political scandal that changed the state forever. This book tells the story as it has never been told before.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826343420
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
215
Sales rank:
723,897
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author


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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