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The Death of an Heir:Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty

Philip Jett

The Coors Brewing Company was founded by German immigrants Adolph Coors and Jacob Schueler in 1873. Yet few consumers today are probably aware that in 1960, the kidnapping of Adolph’s grandson, Adolph “Ad” Herman Joseph Coors III, set off one of the biggest manhunts in American history. Author Philip Jett brings this sad chapter in the Coors family archives to life, complete with a colorful cast of real-life characters, including the kidnapper himself. Jett describes how Ad went missing for months while his grandfather enlisted FBI director J. Edgar Hoover’s help and the family anxiously waited for news. A perfect true crime story for our own brewing city.