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  1. #16
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    George Hawkins, was my grandfather. I began searching for what happened to him, nearly 8 yrs ago. I have struggled with putting anything on the internet, asking for help, for obviously many years, and don't take this lightly. You have to understand, that nearly 50 years later, my mother, my aunt, and myself, sleep in a type of fear that I pray non of you ever have to imagine.

    Grandpa had a limp, yes. Not from polio, but from osteomylitis. An injury to his leg after being thrown from a horse as a teenager. He was a Campbell Co., KY Constable, and in all rights, disappeared in the line of duty. I pulled many newspaper articles, and such from the time of his disappearance, and then went to the authorities that handled his case. Neither the local, nor the KY State Police, who handled his case, had ANY records of his disappearance. They all simply vanished. I spoke with a man who knew him, and in my interview with him, he told me things like the Old General Store that they owned, had been shot up on more than one occasion. My mother has told me that my grandmother, aunt, and herself (my mother) slept in the bathtub on many nights because of people being in the store long after it had been closed. A wonderful newsreporter did a story in the Cincinnati Post, and also contacted this same gentleman that I did. He refused to talk to her, and said the only reason he spoke to me, was more or less, to put my mind at ease. He did tell me though, that he knew it was the mob. He refused to tell me much other than funny or delightful stories of my grandfather. Another gentleman, who had pictures of himself and Jimmy Hoffa, turned white, nearly had a heart attack, when I mentioned my grandfather's name, also still afraid 50 yrs later, refused to speak of it, to me, or anyone again. I did not push the situation, because I couldn't live with myself if something happened to this frail poor man.

    This is what happened on the day he disappeared:

    He hugged and kissed my grandmother, mother, and aunt goodbye. He had around $600 that was supposed to go to the bank that day (profits from the store), he never made it to the bank, nor was the money ever recoverd. He picked up a family friend to take her into Newport so she could do some shopping, and dropped her off. They were to meet at the corner of Monmouth St at 5 pm. He went to the hardware store and picked up paint for my aunt's house that was being built. He went to Charlie Lester's, his attorney, for consultation on an IRS audit. He never met the girl whom he dropped off, she called her daddy at 6 pm to come and pick her up. His car was found in Dayton, KY, which is not far from the Ohio River, wiped out with a muddy rag, with NOTHING but the key inside. He disappeared on Monday. Payday from the mob was Tuesday.

    Here's a few things I have learned:

    Charlie Lester: was not only his attorney, but the MOB'S attorney.

    Johnny "TV" Peluso: received his nickname for fixing tv's around newport, and being paid hefty sums of money to do so. He was a crook, and was privy more to the "goings on" than most probably thought he was. He supposedly heard Red Masterson order the hit on my grandfather.

    Big John Harris: Runner of the Highlight Club; met with my aunt and told her to "go home and leave it alone".

    Frank "Screw" Andrews; was "helped" out of a 3rd floor story hospital room in the 1970s

    My grandfather has been called the Eggman. People say that he would stop on the way to town at local farmers, buy eggs, and then sell them at 200% profit or more to the local clubs such as The Beverly Hills Supper Club, Highlight Club etc. My family tells me, they NEVER saw any type of such money, nor can they find it in their hearts to believe my grandfather was a crook. No money of any kind was ever found. Whatever he was, he was their father, husband, and my grandfather. In my heart, I find it hard to believe he just took off and left them. With nothing. I wonder sometimes though if he was a crook. Maybe intentionally or unintentionally. Getting caught up in the limelight, the money, and being a constable who could do nearly anything he wanted. Either way, a man was taken, a family destroyed, and never an answer.

    At this point, we don't want to "stir any feathers'', we just want to bring peace to a man, and peace to family. The not knowing is the worst.


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    Welcome to WS Kysleuth. I'm very sorry that your Grandfather has been missing so many years. My Prayers are with you and your family, that you find resolution soon.

    I grew up in Kentucky. It was common knowledge and spoken of frequently that the city of Newport KY had Mob members that practically ran that town.

    In fact, I don't think there was a clean up and a general getting rid of them until well into the 1980's.

    I don't doubt for one minute if you say you think your Grandfather was murdered by the Mob there. Don't worry about stirring feathers IMHO the feathers that could possibly have been stirred (other than your family, if it bothers them to talk about it) are probably long deceased or have moved on from the area.

    Off Topic:

    The Beverly Hill supper club burned down. I had two Great Aunts by marriage that died in that fire.


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    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ky...rtgambling.htm

    Some background info for those that aren't familiar with Newport KY and it's organized criminal activity.


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    I was just a baby when The Beverly Hills Supper Club burnt down. I have been down to the bottom of the hill and seen the plaque they put up. It's not possible to go up there now, and on the anniversary I know family members are allowed up to pay their respects. It is now, though, nothing but a green field. No remnants remain. So sad. I am sorry for your loss as well.


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    http://docjt.ky.gov/Magazines/Issue%...20Winter08.pdf

    An article about my grandfather. You'll have to scroll down some.


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  11. #21
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    Updated Doenetwork link...

    Here is an updated link to The Doe Network: Case File 1261DMKY. It has two good photos of Mr. Hawkins.

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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1261dmky.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by kysleuth View Post
    I was just a baby when The Beverly Hills Supper Club burnt down. I have been down to the bottom of the hill and seen the plaque they put up. It's not possible to go up there now, and on the anniversary I know family members are allowed up to pay their respects. It is now, though, nothing but a green field. No remnants remain. So sad. I am sorry for your loss as well.
    KySleuth that was so sweet of you to offer your sympathy.

    But hun, we had them to bury. We knew what happened to them and they were laid to rest. I was fairly young when that happened. So I don't remember it having so much of an impact on our family.

    You, however, have been missing a very important person in your family for a very long time.

    I can't imagine the pain that your family has gone though, not knowing.

    I wish there was something I could say or do to make it better. I can't. I can just say I will pray for you and your family and that you will have resolution soon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    KySleuth that was so sweet of you to offer your sympathy.

    But hun, we had them to bury. We knew what happened to them and they were laid to rest. I was fairly young when that happened. So I don't remember it having so much of an impact on our family.

    You, however, have been missing a very important person in your family for a very long time.

    I can't imagine the pain that your family has gone though, not knowing.

    I wish there was something I could say or do to make it better. I can't. I can just say I will pray for you and your family and that you will have resolution soon.
    Kat,

    Do you have any ideas on who to talk to? Where to go? Or anything that would help give the man and the family peace? Should I continue my search, or leave it alone? We KNOW he died that day. I just want to give my mom and aunt closer, but at the same time the fear is still there. I have a family, two small kids, and I need to be here for them too. History does repeat itself. Any suggestions?


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    Quote Originally Posted by kysleuth View Post
    Kat,

    Do you have any ideas on who to talk to? Where to go? Or anything that would help give the man and the family peace? Should I continue my search, or leave it alone? We KNOW he died that day. I just want to give my mom and aunt closer, but at the same time the fear is still there. I have a family, two small kids, and I need to be here for them too. History does repeat itself. Any suggestions?
    Let me think on it kysleuth. I won't forget to come back and post who I think you might want to get in touch with. I just need to think about a good strategy.

    No don't leave it alone. Do what you can. Don't neglect your family to do this.

    I really don't think you have anything to fear as far as your own safety or the safety of your loved ones. I really don't.

    I'll come back and post.


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    I've given it some thought. I have never had to do this before so I'm just going to give a basic outline on how I would approach it having learned from reading here on WS.

    1. You will need to contact the local LE entity that investigated your Grandfather's murder. Ask them if your Grandfather's case is open or inactive or closed.

    2. If it is still open and active you will need to begin contacting them on a regular basis (the detective that holds the cold case) in a polite manner, letting that detective get to know you and your family and how important it is to you all to have some resolution.

    3. If it is inactive or closed, then you will have to ask them to reopen. You will need to know each of the LE entities that may have been involved in the investigation. You find that out by just asking. Start at the local LE level and move your way up. You may even have to go to your Senator of Governor.

    Here is my advice that I strongly suggest you do having dealt the bureaucracy within the Military as a Military wife.

    1. Keep what is known as a memorandum for record. You will want to make notes of each phone call you make: 1. The date and time of the call. 2. Who you spoke with 3. Short notation of what was said during that call.

    Include every call you make even if the call is to just leave a message for a return call. You will want to keep a record of if they called you back or not.

    Keep a hardcopy of each and every single letter you write and create a file. We can easily lose things that are on computers or flashdrives. If you have to move up the chain of command (local LE to State LE to Mayor to Congressman----etc.) you will want to include a copy of all the letters you have written with those letters you write to the LE or the Government officials.

    It's been 49 years. I was born the year that your Grandfather was murdered. The actual individuals that murdered your Grandfather are more than likely deceased themselves or are elderly at this time.

    Although, at one time there were men to fear in Newport, they are no longer there and their activities from 49 years ago are of no interest to anyone who works in organized crime at this time. What I'm trying to say is that although there was a branch of the mob that did work in Newport, not only are they gone, BUT they weren't from the huge "families" that we always hear about. They were small town crooks. JMHO.

    Let us know how this goes for you, good luck, and justice for your grandfather.


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    Several years ago, I started by pulling the newspaper articles that covered his disappearance. I learned that it was the Newport PD that initially investigated it, and then that the family had called in for State Police help. I started by going to the NPD, and although the officer I spoke with said that he considered it a still open and unsolved case, there were no files to look at. With that, he directed me to a news reporter who did some digging, and published an article in the Ky Post April 24, 2004. I then contacted the State Police. I went to Frankfort personally. They said they had to look in their Cold Case files. Several weeks went by, and I received a letter that stated that they could not find any such file on my grandfather. Although I had the name of the officer who investigated it, when contacted, he said he couldn't remember the case. I found him to be aloof and uncaring. With all that said, I suppose the next thing for me to do, is to see if I can track down some of the people from the day that I know are still around. I would like to keep in touch with you, however I don't feel comfortable leaving an email address on here. I will see what I can do, maybe a yahoo account or something, and be in touch soon. Thank you for you ideas. I will mull them over, and please say a prayer for our family that time hasn't run out, and someone who does know something, will speak up. I know that the men who did this are prob. dead, but more than one knew of it. With that said, thanks again. Be in touch soon.


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    If anyone has any information about my grandfather's disappearance, or ideas to help us in our search, please contact me at findgwh1961@insightbb.com Thank you


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    50 Year Anniversary of Disappearance...

    April 3rd will mark 50 years since George Hawkins went missing. Looking forward to seeing any "anniversary" articles and to hear any updates.


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