America’s most flamboyant private eye and the 8,000-mile manhunt | Curio

America’s most flamboyant private eye and the 8,000-mile manhunt

65 mins | Nov 18, 2020

The most epic murder case you will hear in a long time, featuring a Texan investigator with hooks for hands. Jay J. Armes is a legendary and controversial private investigator with over six decades of experience chasing criminals. His firm, The Investigators, was associated with finding Marlon Brando's son when he went missing in 1972, a case that rocketed Armes into stardom. But his biggest and most surprising challenge came in 1991, when he was appointed to find Lynda Singshinsuk and the man who killed her, Donald Weber. In Narratively, Dylan Taylor-Lehman tells the wild story. "Armes had blown his hands off playing with explosives when he was a kid, and his prostheses could apply pressure three times that of the human hand. He was adept at everything from answering phones to firing weapons with them, and these tools even gave him seemingly superhuman crime-fighting abilities, like punching through windows and reaching into flames unharmed, adding to the lore surrounding him. During his six decades in the business, Armes had investigated kidnappings, murders and extortion schemes, and traveled all over the world in pursuit of his quarry, a modern iteration of the unorthodox lawmen dating back to El Paso’s early days as a rough-and-tumble frontier town. (Early “Hell Paso” was said to be so awash with cowboy violence that Wyatt Earp, the hero of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, quit his post after a few days because the city was too dangerous.)"

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