You’ve probably never heard of Leslie Arnold. But his shocking tale is one you’ll never forget: The 16-year-old Omaha boy killed his parents and buried them in the backyard. He then escaped from prison and remains missing 50 years later.
The saga of Leslie Arnold would be an astonishing story even if that was all there was to tell. But what started off as a true crime drama would ultimately turn into a deeper mystery — one that still has authorities baffled today.
How Leslie Arnold used a Groucho Marx mask and a World-Herald personal ad to escape from prison.
Leslie Arnold is still listed by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services as an inmate on escaped status — the last man to successfully escape from the penitentiary.
The card appears to have faded with time since being issued in Brazil nearly a half century ago. But there’s no question as to the identity of the American citizen who in December 1968 was registering with the Brazilian government as a resident alien.
50 years after the escape and nearly 25 years after my initial fascination, Henry Cordes is finally ready to share the mystery of Leslie Arnold.
Listen to part one of our podcast as Omaha.com's Henry Cordes and Mike'l Severe describe the events leading up William Leslie Arnold murdering…
Listen to part two of our podcast as Omaha.com's Henry Cordes and Mike'l Severe discuss William Leslie Arnold's escape from prison.