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Robbery spree ends with arrests

Robbery spree ends with arrests
Crime Behind the Pine Curtain

 
 
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March 10, 1978, a pair of bank robbers kidnapped John A. Gaylord, above left, hostage at his home and forced him to go to the bank and take money from the vault.

FBI agents eventually arrested Mickey Clark at a Houston motel. He was charged with kidnapping and bank robbery, as well as several earlier robberies in Livingston.

Raymond Herman Hicks of Galveston was arrested and charged with kidnapping and two counts of aggravated robbery for the grocery store holdups.

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31 The Family Annihilator

31 The Family Annihilator

 
 
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Eva Lou Thompson-Saad (left), her husaband Edmond Mitra “Tres” Saad III and the couple’s son, Edmond Mitra Saad IV. This family and Eva Lou’s mother were fatally shot in 2004.

On September 2, 2004, Floyd Thompson walked into the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and told the dispatcher he needed to report a fire. Deputies accompanied Thompson back to his home at the Escapees Park about five miles south of Livingston.

When firefighters arrived they discovered four people dead inside the burning home. Over the next few hours first responders unveiled a tragic story.

30 Livingston burns

30 Livingston burns

 
 
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Downtown Livingston circa 1902. The courthouse is shown on the left behind the drug store. Ben Lewis photo

A battle between prohibitionists and imbibers led to the fiery destruction of downtown Livingston in 1902. Residents rallied to keep commerce going and rebuild the small railroad town.