On April 1, 1975, George B. Parr, known as the Duke of Duval, was found dead at his family-owned Los Harcones Ranch, near Benavides, Texas.
Reports say Parr, former oilman millionaire, banker, and deputy sheriff, was slumped over the steering wheel with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his right temple. It was concluded he committed suicide in the driver's seat of the car with a .45 caliber inside his 1969 Imperial LeBaron. The car was sitting about nine miles from the ranch gate.
Federal, state and local authorities were searching for him by land and air for failure to appear before a federal judge and was facing 10 years in prison for federal income tax evasion when a law enforcement helicopter pilot spotted the car, reports said.
Today, the 4-door teal-color Lebaron sits in a warehouse in Alice, Texas. The historic car was purchased from Parr's widow in the late 90s by car collector Billy Edwards. The car has been stored for about two decades.
A family member said when the car was cleaned out after buying it, they were surprised at what they found.
“The men cleaned out the car and there were bullet casings still left in the car,” Edwards' daughter said. In the past, the car has been showcased only a few times when Billy's Museum was opened to the public, which displays older model vehicles, including a Model-T.
The interior of the LeBaron's white leather is in tip-top condition with powered windows. The ironic thing about the interior is that there are no signs of any blood stains.
Under Parr's leadership, corruption and paternalism thrived in Duval County.