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Kidnapping captivated Las Vegas, NM, a century ago

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The two Colt six-shooters are relics of a bygone era and of a sensational kidnapping case that "stirred the city to its foundation" a century ago.

The kidnapping of 2-year-old Waldo Rogers from his home near the New Mexico Highlands University campus generated relentless media attention with coverage in the New York Times and daily updates in the Optic.

"Presented to Tim O'Leary by citizens of Las Vegas, N.M. April 1911," reads the meticulous engraving on the barrel of one of the silver-plated guns. The other is inscribed to A.A. (Apolonio) Sena.

O'Leary, a Santa Fe Railroad detective at the time, and Sena, a member of the territorial mounted police, were two of the three investigators credited with solving the case.

The .45-caliber, pearl-handled pistols were briefly reunited last week, as the gun collectors who now own them journeyed to Las Vegas in search of the places where the dramatic kidnapping played out.

The kidnapped boy was the son of Las Vegas attorney Albert Rogers Jr. and grandson of Judge Henry L. Waldo, a Kansas City millionaire.


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