Mass murder in the sky: John Gilbert Graham and United Flight 629

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You may want to correct this article. The aircraft that was blown up was a DC-6B, a four engine, propeller-driven aircraft. Not a DC-9 as the article states. The DC-9, a twin-engine, jet-propelled aircraft, didn't fly until 1965.

I was a college student in the area at the time. Some of my friends went to see the wreckage the night it happened and regretted having gone to the scene. The story took up the front pages of the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News for months. I will never forget the headline in the Rocky Mountain News the day after Graham was executed. It took up the entire front page with three-inch letters saying:

My dad Lee Hall was the pilot it wasn’t his night to fly a Pilot’s friend daughter was sick so my dad took his flight my mom went to the trial and sat only feet away from John I was only four years later my brother was killed by a drunk driver and dragged down
the freeway my mom was the strongest person I’ve ever known she would say to me Susie with JESUS you can do anything

Hi Sue - Thank you for sharing that memory with us. 

Sue, I’m very sorry for your losses.

Brian,enjoyed this article, great work!BTW,are you related to Dick Trembath,an Omaha reporter who covered the Starkweather crime spree a few years after Graham's cowardly bombing of the UAL flight?

Hi Jim - Thanks for the kind words! No relation but it was amazing what a national story that was. 

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