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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826343420
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 534,927
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Interesting book but needs more focus on the crime

    While over all this is a decent book, I do have two problems with it. The first is that there are a lot of sentences where words run together. Sometimes a whole sentence is composed of two long run on words. I'm not sure if it is just an issue in converting it to an ebook or a lack of a good editor. Secondly, the author spends 80% of the book on the corruption of the sheriff, local officials, illegal gambling and drinking of the time and not nearly enough time on the crime which the book is supposed to be about, the murder of Cricket Coogler. It took 4 chapters before the author even began describing the events of the night, her murder and any investigation into it. It would be better if more time had been spent focusing on the crime than restating over and over the ways local and state officials were corrupt during the time period.

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