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Archive for Sunday, September 16, 2012

40 years ago: Police hunting near Linwood for escaped convict

September 16, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 16, 1972:

Law enforcement units were continuing to patrol an area near Linwood today in an effort to apprehend an armed convicted murderer who had escaped from custody the previous afternoon. The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol were joining in the search for Frederick Donald Macon, 29, who had overpowered a Randolph County, Mo., deputy sheriff, forcing the deputy to drive to a spot near Linwood before handcuffing him to a steel post on the Vic Browning farm. Deputy Ray Dowdy, 54, Moberly, Mo., had been hit on the head by Macon and had been taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Charges of aggravated battery kidnapping were to be filed against Macon, who had been serving a life sentence in an Arizona for murder when being taken to face charges in Missouri.

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