This Week in Texas History

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by Bartee Haile
 
BROTHERS STAND TRIAL IN EXTORTION SCHEME
After dispensing with the delaying tactics of the defense at a Sep. 5, 1954 hearing, a Dallas federal judge set a trial date for two brothers accused of a six-figure extortion plot against a score of prominent Jewish families.
On Apr. 29, the heads of 20 wealthy households received identical letters written in pidgin English. "Fire - dynamite - fire - guns will make you pay the $200,000. Bury husband - bury wife - bury son - bury friend. You pay before you die.
 
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