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Adolph Coors III murder investigation collection, 1960-1961

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

© 2011

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd 2011-03-29
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
CreatorDouglas County Sheriff's Office (Colo.)
TitleAdolph Coors III murder investigation collection
Dates: 1960-1961
Size.36 cubic ft. (1 box 26 x 13 x 32 cm.)
Abstract:Contains notes, Douglas and Jefferson County Sheriffs' departments reports, warrants and other materials relating to the investigation into the disappearance and discovery of the body of Adolph Coors, III.
Collection Number2000.003
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged chronologically within one binder box. Photos are at the back.

Scope and Content

On Sep. 14, 1960, the body of Adolph Coors, III was found in a dump area near Shamballa in Douglas County, Colo. He had been abducted and murdered Feb. 9, 1960, by Joseph Corbett, Jr., in an apparent attempt to kidnap and hold him for a ransom of $500,000. Corbett was captured in British Columbia in Nov. of 1960, and served 18 years in person.

Biography / History

1916 (January 12) - Adolph Coors, III, born in Golden, Colorado.

1928 (October 25) - Joseph Corbett, Jr. is born in Seattle, Washington, where he attended elementary and high schools and three years at the University of Washington, majoring in Physics.

1932 - "Ad" Coors graduates from Cornell University with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

1946 - Corbett runs a typing business while attending the University of Washington.

1950 (July 17) - Corbett applied for admission to the University of California at Berkeley.

(September) - Corbett begins classes at Berkeley.

(October 13) - Corbett withdraws from Berkeley.

1951 (March) - Corbett pleads guilty to second-degree murder in San Rafael County, California, and was sentenced to a term of five years to life. He was confined to San Quentin Penitentiary, California Medical Facility at Terminal Island and California Institution for Men, Chino, California.

1955 (August 1) - Corbett escapes from California Institution of Men, Chino, California.

1956 (March 19) - Corbett is employed at Benjamin Moore Paint Company, Denver, Colorado as an alkyd cooker.

1957 (June 8) - Corbett buys a revolver through mail order.

1958 - According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Report Coors Family moves from Denver to Morrison Colorado, Corbett had apparently been planning an abduction during 1958, but could not continue with his original plan.

1959 (February 24) - Corbett purchases leg irons from a navy surplus mail order company.

(April 25) - Corbett purchases handcuffs by mail-order

(October 2) - Corbett quits job at Benjamin Moore, telling them that he is returning to school.

(October 8) - Corbett buys typewriter on which he will eventually type the ransom note.

(December 9) - Two people talk to Corbett at a mine located about 150 yards west of the Turkey Creek Bridge.

(December 23) - Corbett sells his 1957 Ford.

1960 (January 8) - Corbett registers 1951 yellow Mercury four-door car under the name Walter Osborne. Residents living near Turkey Creek Road and Soda Lake Road in Jefferson County, Colorado see this car sitting on the bridge several times before February 9, 1960.

(January 25) - Corbett receives a speeding ticket from Colorado State Patrol near Morrison, Colorado.

(February 9) - 8:00 Adolph Coors, III leaves his house in Morrison, Colorado en route to work at the Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado. Resident living near Turkey Creek Road and Soda Lake Road in Jefferson County, Colorado hears shouting and a crackling sound which sounded like lightning hitting a tree.

8:15 Resident living near Turkey Creek Road spots Coors' truck running on the bridge.

10:00 Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is called, arrives at the scene.

Afternoon. A cap, hat and pair of glasses are found at the crime scene.

(February 10) - Early Morning. Corbett moves out of his apartment in Denver. Ransom note demanding $500,000 arrives addressed to Mrs. Adolph Coors, III. Postmark is February 9, 3PM.

(February 17) - Corbett's car is seen burning in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

(March) - By this time, police are telling people to actively look for Corbett.

(September 11) - Coors' key chain is found below a dump on Jackson Creek Road near Sedalia, Douglas County, Colorado.

(September 12-14) - Additional investigation of the site uncovers most of Coors' body.

(September 15) - Mr. Coors skull is located.

(September 22) - Criminal Complaint issued against Corbett.

(September 28) - Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution Warrant is issued against Corbett.

1978 - Joseph Corbett, Jr. is paroled.

Access Terms

Criminal Investigations
Douglas County (Colo.)
Jefferson County (Colo.)
Law enforcement


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with the permission of the Center's staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Adolph Coors III murder investigation collection, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Douglas County History Research Center by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Processing Information

Processed by Shaun Boyd, April 2000.

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