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DIED Billie Sol Estes, 88, a convicted Texas con man who made lurid charges of bribe taking and murder against top politicians when his $150 million empire of...

Investigations: Decline & Fall

INVESTIGATIONS (See Cover) Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman was on the grill. What were his associations with Billie Sol Estes? Freeman shrugged,...

An Uneasy Vigil on Poland

Bankers can do little but wait and hope for payment "If you get into anybody far enough," said failed-then-jailed Texas Wheeler-Dealer Billie Sol Estes two...

Nation: Steam Cleaning

Billie Sol Estes strikes again In 1971 Billie Sol Estes was paroled from a federal prison after serving six years for amassing a $ 150 million business empire...

Investigations: Murder, He Said

Arkansas' Senator John McClellan reached out his left hand, grabbed the long-barreled, bolt-action Remington .22 rifle at the balance, stretched a long, bony...

The Press: Back to a One-Paper Town

The sun-baked citizens of the West Texas town of Pecos (pop. 12,700) had always got along with one newspaper, the semiweekly Independent and Enterprise (circ...

Investigations: Billie Sol's Supplier

Back in 1958, New York's Commercial Solvents Corp. obviously thought it would get even more solvent by placing faith and credit in Billie Sol Estes. a rising...

Texas: The Taut Miles from Pecos

Even by Texas standards. Billie Sol Estes stood out as a spectacular example of a man who got very rich very quick. At 37, he owned or was a partner in some...

People: Jan. 18, 1963

The man in the dark blue suit preached a "simple plan for salvation: love and understanding and forgiveness." Introduced as "that famous former financier of...

Investigations: Company for Billie Sol

If anyone had any doubt left that the sprawling, messy Department of Agriculture needs a thorough overhauling, it was dispelled last week. Billie Sol Estes...

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