June Robles

Little June Robles was still missing, while her father hoped to make contact with her abductors to negotiate her release.

Then it was learned that the kidnaping might have been planned some time earlier, and not on the spur of the moment. Others were targeted first.

From the Arizona Daily Star, May 13, 1934:




Prisoners in New Mexico Penitentiary Reveal Story of Plot


Map of County, Showing Probable Hide-Out Accompanies Report

SANTA FE, N. M. May 12 —(AP)— Warden Ed Swope of the New Mexico prison late tonight confirmed reports that a New Mexico convict claims to have "inside information" concerning the kidnaping of June Robles, at Tucson, Ariz.

"I cannot reveal the name of this prisoner because I have turned the matter over to Tucson officials, but if they wish to make public the convict's name it is satisfactory with me," the warden said


Further mystery was added to the kidnaping of June Robles yesterday when it was learned that the plot was not one that had been arranged on the spur of the moment, but, it is believed, had been hatched a number of months ago with others than the Tucson baby as intended victims.

In fact, according to a letter received by Sheriff John Belton from Warden Ed Swope of the New Mexico state penitentiary, Mrs. Isabella Greenway, Arizona's congresswoman, was first the intended victim and later, when that plan had failed to materialize, the attention of the plotters turned to "a young man who is now the director of the budget," Lewis W. Douglas.

It was only after the absence of the pair from Arizona made the original plans impossible that the attention of the kidnapers turned to the Robles child, the sheriff was informed.

It was recalled in connection with the mention of the "young director of the budget" that recent news dispatches from Washington told of the care which was being taken there to guard the three children of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas, a member of the U.S. secret service having been detailed to the home of the budget director for that purpose.

The dispatches of that time did not say whether this precaution was taken because of the numerous kidnapings along the east coast.

Warden Sends Word

According to the information received by the Pima county officer, the details of the plan had been disclosed to the Santa Fe warden following the news of the kidnaping of the Robles child here. It is believed that some one still behind the prison walls who had been in the confidence of at least some of the plotters disclosed the major details of the plan to the New Mexico warden.

The letter, Warden Swope said last night in Santa Fe, had been written by the convict who had brought him the story after he had suggested to the prisoner that the information he had should be sent direct to the Pima county officers. The prisoner agreed and wrote the letter which Swope forwarded at once to Belton.

Swope said that he did not know how much bearing the information might have on the case, as he does not know the country, but he felt that the Pima county officers should be informed.

The warden added that apparently only one of the Santa Fe prisoners who might have known of the original plot now remains in the penitentiary there.

Sheriff Belton indicated that the letter had also disclosed names of at least some of the men who were alleged to have been party to the plot and also a map of the Pima county area on which was indicated a probable hide-out of some of the men. Whether or not the information received by the sheriff had been of any value was not known last night as officers, since the second plea of the father, have withheld definite action on the case in hopes that a new contact with the kidnapers will be effected.

Other than the word from Santa Fe, yesterday brought few new details to the many interested in the fate of the 6-year-old child, who, 17 days ago, was kidnaped as she left the Roskruge school and who has not been heard from since.


By the next day, it was thought that police believed the informant sent the letter as an attempt to obtain notoriety.

And still the family waited.


Next: The rest of the story. A letter from Chicago has useful information.