Good morning key lovers!
I hope all of you have had an exceptional morning and start to your day, as the weather continues to get hotter and drier up here in the Rocky Mountains. Today I have decided to focus on a key that's unique story captured my attention right away- the key to the First United Air Lines "Mainliner."
At the time of the explosion, there was actually no federal statute that made it a crime to blow up an aircraft. Therefore, in order to convict Graham of his crime that tried him on the ground of premeditated murder against one victim, which was his mother Mrs. King. Despite the multiple deaths, he was only executed on the murder of his mother, and it was the first trial to be televised in Colorado.
Following the bombing and execution, a bill was introduced and signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 that made the intentional bombing of an aircraft illegal. Graham is believed to have been inspired by a similar crime committed by Albert Guay, in which he bombed an airplane with the intention of killing his wife.
I know I have chosen some dark stories to focus on lately, but sometimes the darkest moments in our nation's history are the most interesting. But do come on down and find some keys that you may find especially interesting to yourself when you visit our key room!
Til Next Time,