Lorenzo murder/bank robbery solved after 74 years - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lorenzo murder/bank robbery solved after 74 years


After 74 years, a mysterious Lorenzo bank robbery has finally been solved. The 1940 robbery and murder went unexplained until 2012.

"It was a year and a half ago. I came home and my wife tole me 'the FBI' called."

Agents were looking for Mayor Lester Bownds to tell him the mystery had finally been solved, thanks to a confession by a man in California.

"A gentleman gave a death bed confession that cleared that up...for years we didn't know what had happened."

It was in April of 1940 when three Lorenzo men discovered bank teller Irvin Bownds murdered and $1,400 missing.

Irvin was Mayor Bownds uncle. He says he feared for most of his life that the mystery would never be solved. ..

But 72 years later, case closed.

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