TEXAS: Death of a Duke

In tiny San Diego (pop. 4,750), seat of Duval County in the heart of the south Texas triangle, a team of sheriffs, marshals, and Texas Rangers was closing in on its man. Then it spied the fugitive's 1969 Chrysler Imperial at the edge of a quiet pasture, and the search was over. Slumped over the steering wheel, a bullet in his brain, was George B. Parr, 74, the "Duke of Duval," an affable, unimposing man who for decades reigned as one of America's most autarchic political bosses, the man who reputedly put Lyndon...

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