Joe Ball: The Butcher of Elmendorf [Serial killer or exaggerated legend?]

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1y Apr 6, 2020

In 1938 Depression Texas, law enforcement authorities questioned the owner of a small honkytonk known as the “Sociable Inn” in Elmendorf, Texas, just outside of San Antonio, Texas. Joseph D. “Joe” Ball owned the “hole-in-the-wall” was a World War I veteran who always skirted the law, but never served any time for the various offenses he committed during the course of his lifetime. Known as the “Bluebeard of Texas,” the “Alligator Man,” or “The Butcher of Elmendorf,” Ball created a serial killer legend although he did not seem as prolific as most serial killers in American history.

Musical Attributions:

The Halloween Dawn by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://www.twinmusicom.org/song/248/the-halloween-dawn
Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org

Heart of the Beast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100209
Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Photo Attributions:

  1. World War I Marines in France. (United States Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections).
  2. World War I Footage - DISCLAIMER This video contains archived public domain footage. This footage serves documentary purposes on world history and is to be viewed as educational. This video is in no means intended to be violent, or glorify violence in any way. Some of this footage was officially released by the United States government, some of the footage was obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.
  3. Stills and other moonshining equipment seized in a police raid near the Salt Creek Oil Field, Natrona county, 1924. Casper College Western History Center.
  4. Sand drift along fence. Dust Bowl, North of Dalhart, Texas. 1938. Library of Congress.

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