Despite a wire report saying that his decapitated body had been found in El Paso, kidnapped Deputy Sheriff Joe Johns of Carlsbad, New Mexico was found to be alive and well when he walked into the sheriff’s office here today. His kidnappers, two men and an 18 year-old girl referred to as “Honey,” abducted him yesterday and drove about 1,000 miles in 13 hours, zig-zagging through Wink, Kermit, Big Lake, Piote, San Angelo and finally San Antonio. They dropped him off on the old Vance-Jackson road where a farmer, Mr. C. J. Webster brought him to town. Johns said he would start back to New Mexico after sharing a visit and a meal with his nephew, Sam Johns, of 321 Barnett Place. (The kidnappers were Raymond Hamilton, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.)
While people took to the streets to celebrate Japan’s acceptance of surrender terms, effectively ending World War II, burglars ransacked houses and apartments left vacant by celebrants. A total of $425 in cash and numerous articles were reported missing.
The San Pedro Drive-In closes.
(photo by Jim Miller)