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    NV - Beatty, WhtMale 561UMNV, gold chain w/ '$1.98' pendant, Oct'80

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/561umnv.html

    Unidentified White Male


    • The victim was discovered on October 22, 1980 in Nye County, Nevada
    • Cause of Death: Four gun shot wounds, two to either side of the head; .22 caliber type weapon.




    Vital Statistics

    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'4" - 5'6"; 140-150 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair.
    • Clothing: The victim was found dressed in a green and white floral type shirt, green slacks, brown Florsheim shoes size 7D, brown socks.
    • Jewelry: A gold chain with a medallion inscribed with $1.98. The necklace and medallion were taken to numerous jewelers without success in identifying the person who made the medallion. The value of the medallion and necklace were estimated between $400.00 and $700.00. The medallion appeared to be a custom piece of jewelry made with poor to medium quality craftmanship. During this time frame, Rip Taylor hosted a game show titled the "$1.98 Beauty Contest". Efforts to link the homicide to the game show have been unsuccessful.
    • Fingerprints: Available


    Case History
    On October 22, 1980, the decomposed remains of a white male adult homicide victim were discovered in an area approximately one hour north of Las Vegas, 9/10 of a mile east of Highway 95 on a dirt road 60 mile south of Tonopah, near Beatty.
    As part of the original investigation, the necklace and medallion were taken to numerous jewelers without success in identifying the person who made the medallion.
    In 1981, Chuck Barris Productions, who produced the $1.98 Beauty Contest was contacted. The necklace was not recognized and investigators were referred to Milt Suchin who was the agent for Rip Taylor. Rip Taylor hosted the $1.98 Beauty Contest show. Milt Suchin stated that there was no promotional materials given away as part of the show which would resemble the medallion. Suchin referred investigatos to Taylor.
    Investigators met with Rip Taylor who was performing at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hilton. Taylor stated he had not seen the medallion prior to this night. No promotional materials were given away resembling this medallion. Taylor does not recall anyone else giving away promotional materials such as the medallion, e.g., Chuck Barris Productions, Milt Suchin. Taylor stated that he does not know of anyone who would have been into making jewelry, such as the medallion, to say that someone associated with the show may have been an amateur jeweler.
    The Jeweler's Security Alliance is a non-profit organization working in the crime prevention filed with jewelers throughout the nation. This organization has agreed to publish a photograph of the necklace in their monthly newsletter and to attempt to get national trade magazines such as Modern Jeweler and National Jeweler to also publish this case. No leads were generated as a result of these efforts.
    The case was submitted to the FBI Intel Unit based in Las Vegas to determine if there might have been ties to organized crime. The inquiry met with negative results.


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    NV - Clark County - White Male, Oct 1980 - Can you indentify the $1.98 necklace?

    Clark County Coroner

    Photo from the link;



    Case History
    On October 22, 1980, the decomposed remains of a white male adult homicide victim were discovered in an area approximately one hour north of Las Vegas, 9/10 of a mile east of Highway 95 on a dirt road 60 mile south of Tonopah, near Beatty.
    As part of the original investigation, the necklace and medallion were taken to numerous jewelers without success in identifying the person who made the medallion.
    In 1981, Chuck Barris Productions, who produced the $1.98 Beauty Contest was contacted. The necklace was not recognized and investigators were referred to Milt Suchin who was the agent for Rip Taylor. Rip Taylor hosted the $1.98 Beauty Contest show. Milt Suchin stated that there was no promotional materials given away as part of the show which would resemble the medallion. Suchin referred investigatos to Taylor.
    Investigators met with Rip Taylor who was performing at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hilton. Taylor stated he had not seen the medallion prior to this night. No promotional materials were given away resembling this medallion


    More at link.

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    could she have had the thing made up at a jeweler

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    Deacon John had a song named A Dollar Ninety Eight. It was on a Louisiana Rock, Soul, R & B album. I am not sure when it was first released, but the album was for 1965-1970.

    http://www.tuffcity.com/html/NewOrle...AlbumList=5462

    Here is more information on the CD:
    http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/...rds,+Vol.2.htm


    I found an article of a missing man that LE believes was murdered (but is still missing) in the same time frame and along the same stretch of highway. His name was Gabriel Vincent. I couldn't find much more on him tho.
    http://z13.invisionfree.com/Porchlig...showtopic=8202
    Last edited by SeriouslySearching; 09-06-2007 at 03:31 AM.
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    Question

    Several things I am wondering about. Was this actually gold and how big was the medallion? It doesn't look like it was meant to be on a chain Could it have been a belt buckle at one time? I also wonder if it could have been bought at a truck stop or in Mexico. This man was very small and appeared to be dressed nicely at the time of his death. That leads me to think he may have been driven to the area and killed. IF the necklace is gold then they didn't kill him because they were robbing him otherwise one would think they would have taken it. Just some thoughts [/SIZE]
    Last edited by Jeana (DP); 09-13-2007 at 12:19 PM.

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    Back in the 70s, men wore larger chains with large medallion pieces. His clothing would be consistent with this. He probably would have had the shirt unbuttoned a bit, too...showing the medallion. It was the fashion at the time.

    I don't see it as a belt buckle at all. It wasn't made by a quality jeweler, as they have already determined, but it looks like it was for a male's necklace. I would believe it was gold or they would not have checked out jewelers.

    It sounds to me like he was in Las Vegas, NV and was driven to where he was found. Robbery might have been a motive if he had a lot of cash on him and they didn't want the necklace.
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    Smile

    They estimate the value of the necklace at about $700 but they said it was cheaply made. It looks like it is pretty big that's why I wondered about it possibly being a belt buckle but if it was they would have known that when they examined it. I still think it's possible that it came from Mexico. They make cheap jewelry there. I wish there was more information to go on [/SIZE]
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    Maybe the man WAS from Mexico based on his height 5'4-5'6 and shoe size 7 that is a small frame man. He also had brown hair so maybe the medallion was made in mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phenolred View Post
    Maybe the man WAS from Mexico based on his height 5'4-5'6 and shoe size 7 that is a small frame man. He also had brown hair so maybe the medallion was made in mexico.
    I agree with you. I wonder if he was robbed? I still find it odd that who ever killed him didn't take the medallion. I posted a picture of it on myspace. http://www.myspace.com/lovedoneslocator
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    Last edited by Jeana (DP); 09-13-2007 at 12:20 PM.

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    I dunno, I couldn't be a theif, I woulda thought it was fake gold.


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    Looks fake to me too. I can't imagine who would make or wear a $700 charm that had "$1.98" on it???? At least put "$700" on it. LOL

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    Could he have been in the music industry and been in Vegas for something related to that? A promoter, an agent, a record exec, etc. I think the Deacon John connection should be checked out.
    "WE SEEK FOR THE TRUTH. WE SEEK JUSTICE.
    THE COURTS REQUIRE IT. THE VICTIMS CRY FOR IT
    AND GOD DEMANDS IT!"

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    and rescue workers, Team 5, at the OKC Bombing site 4-19-1995.



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    sounds executionlike

    Quote Originally Posted by SeriouslySearching View Post
    Deacon John had a song named A Dollar Ninety Eight. It was on a Louisiana Rock, Soul, R & B album. I am not sure when it was first released, but the album was for 1965-1970. . .
    Good find. (According to the song, a dollar ninety eight was all he could afford for love.- or something like that.) I suppose it could be someone from the New Orleans area or someone that liked the song.

    I listened to a sample of the song online and it made me wonder if someone who liked the song or the beauty contest had tried to open an "unauthorized" house of prostitution or gambling. A homicide gunshot to the head is very executionlike. I can see why L.E. asked FBI to look into the possibiility of org. crime ties to the case.

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    It would make sense, Doc. Org. Crime figures wouldn't take kindly to anyone messing with their "business ventures" in Vegas.

    I checked out all the missing I could find from NOLA and didn't run across anyone remotely matching his description.

    I would think anyone that paid $400-$700 for that piece of jewelry would have some deep attachment to the $1.98 on it. It is the reason I thought of music.

    Phenolred~ They stated he was white, not hispanic, so I don't think he was from Mexico.
    "WE SEEK FOR THE TRUTH. WE SEEK JUSTICE.
    THE COURTS REQUIRE IT. THE VICTIMS CRY FOR IT
    AND GOD DEMANDS IT!"

    A quote spray painted on the wall by search
    and rescue workers, Team 5, at the OKC Bombing site 4-19-1995.



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    Thanks to all helping with this case.

    Respectfully,
    dark_shadows

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