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
GREENWAY, DOUGLAS ABDUCTIONS
ROBLES KIDNAPPERS HAD MADE
PLAN TO GET RICH VICTIMS
Prisoners in New Mexico
Penitentiary Reveal Story of Plot
NAMES ARE DISCLOSED
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
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
The dispatches of that time did not say whether this precaution
was taken because of the numerous kidnapings along the east
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
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.