Longmont, CO Jet Explosion, Nov 1955

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44 Killed in Crashed Airliner Are Listed

CHICAGO (AP) -- The 38 adult passengers, one infant and five crew members killed in the United Air Lines DC6B which crashed near Longmont, Colo., Tuesday night were identified by the company and relatives as follows:
F. E. AMBROSE, UAL senior reservations agent at Seattle.
MR. AND MRS. B. BECKSTROM, Seattle.
JOHN P. BROMELYN, Seattle.
FRANK M. BRANNAN, Seattle.
MRS. J. W. BUNCH, Forest Grove, Ore.
MR. AND MRS. HORACE B. BYNUM, Sherwood, Ore.
BARBARA J. CRUSE, Denver, UAL stewardess on vacation.
CARL F. DEISL, Hillsborough, Calif.
JOHN DES JARDINS, Kansas City, Mo.
MR. AND MRS. JAMES DOREY, Whitman, Mass.
MR. AND MRS. GURNEY EDWARDS, Providence, R. I.
MRS. JAMES FITZPATRICK and infant son, JAMES H., Batavia, N. Y.
MR. AND MRS. V. V. HERMAN, Rt. 7, Vancouver, Wash.
ELSON B. HICKOCK, Seattle.
N. P. HOBGOOD, Hatfield, Pa.
K. J. W. JUNGELS, Aurora, Ill.
MRS. DASIE E. KING, Denver.
P. F. KROUCH (no home city available).
MR. AND MRS. G. G. LIPKE, Pittsburgh.
MRS. LEWIS L. MACCLAIN, Portland, Ore.
MR. AND MRS. FREDERICK STUART MORGAN, Wilmette, Ill.
HERBERT G. ROBERTSON, Rutherford, N. J.
JAMES W. PURVIS, Tacoma, Wash.
DR. HAROLD R. SANDSTEAD, Silver Spring, Md.
SALLY ANN SCOFIELD, Denver, UAL stewardess on vacation.
JAMES F. STRAUD, Lansing and Okemos, Mich.
DR. AND MRS. R. W. VAN VALIN, Newberg, Ore.
CLARENCE TODD, Tacoma, Wash.
MRS. ALMA WINSOR, St. John's, N. F.
One military personnel (name withheld pending notification of kin).
The crew members, all of Seattle:
Capt. L. H. HALL, pilot.
First Officer D. A. WHITE, co-pilot.
S. F. ARTHUR, pilot-engineer.
PEGGY PEDDICORD, stewardess.
JACQUELINE HINDS, stewardess.

The Greeley Daily Tribune Colorado 1955-11-02

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TELLS HOW HE RIGGED BOMB FOR AIRLINER

DENVER (AP) -- Displaying little emotion, JOHN GILBERT (JACK) GRAHAM related Monday night how he rigged 25 sticks of dynamite to explode aboard an airliner carrying his mother and 43 other persons.
All 44 were killed Nov. 1, when the big United Air Lines DC6B blew up near Longmont, Colo., and crashed 11 minutes after leaving Denver.
GRAHAM, a 22-year-old convicted forger, did not reply when asked whether he felt remorse.
U. S. Atty. DONALD E. KELLY, said the Denver construction and restaurant worker signed a "written admission" earlier that he killed his mother MRS. DAISIE E. KING, 54, to collect her $37,500 air flight insurance.

Insurance Invalid
Ironically, the insurance was invalid because his mother had failed to sign it before she left Denver's Stapleton Airfield for Spenard, Alaska, and a visit with her daughter, MRS. HELEN RUTH HABLUTZEL.
The policies were taken out at the airport by GRAHAM.
GRAHAM was also in line to receive a fourth of his mother's estate, estimated at $150,000.
Details of GRAHAM'S plot were reported by DAVID STOLBERG of the Rocky Mountain News.
Construction of the bomb was begun Oct. 18 or 19, GRAHAM said. Parts of it included the dynamite -- 40 per cent explosive and 60 per cent packing, a timing device, a six-volt dry cell "hot-shot" battery, and two dynamite caps.
Each of the caps was connected to about 8 feet of wire.

Put Bomb In Suitcase
GRAHAM said he unpacked parts of the contents of a large suitcase belonging to his mother and replaced them with the bomb.
"I placed this suitcase in the trunk of my car with another smaller suitcase and a briefcase which my mother had packed to take with her on the trip," he recounted.
GRAHAM, also the father of a 9-month-old daughter, SUSAN, said he then bound the large suitcase with web straps while at the parking site.
He carried all the luggage to his mother in the terminal and waited about 30 feet away while she checked it.
Then he took his wife and his son into the airport coffee shop.

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