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THE MYSTERY OF LESLIE ARNOLD: PART ONE

He killed his parents in Omaha at age 16 and escaped from prison nearly a decade later. Then he simply vanished

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Booking mug

Booking shot of Leslie Arnold on Oct. 11, 1958.

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Family

Opal and Bill Arnold with younger son, Jimmy, date unknown.

Dance band

Leslie, front left in the photo with Central High School musicians, idolized Elvis Presley and wore his hair slicked back.

Cadets

Leslie was in Central’s ROTC corps (second row from the bottom, ninth from the left) and participated on its track, wrestling and baseball teams.

Outside

Police watch over the Arnold residence on Oct. 11, 1958.

Dining room

The dining room where Leslie fired six bullets into Opal and then, after Bill came upon the scene, six bullets into him.

Buried

From left: Police work to recover the bodies of Leslie Arnold's parents in their backyard on Oct. 11, 1958; Leslie points to the lilac bush that marked where the bodies were; police recovering the bodies.

First look

Leslie Arnold leads authorities to the place in the family’s backyard where he had buried his parents after fatally shooting them.

Trial

Left: The next day's World-Herald’s coverage. Right: Leslie Arnold, escorted by Detective Thomas Curran, is taken in for questioning on Oct. 11, 1958, after his parents had been missing nearly two weeks.

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Henry is a general assignment reporter, but his specialty is deep dives into state issues and public policy. He's also into the numbers behind a story, yet to meet a spreadsheet he didn't like. Follow him on Twitter @HenryCordes. Phone: 402-444-1130.

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