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Personal Information

Photo
Surname
Chillingsworth
Given Name
Curtis Eugene
Alternative Name
Photo After Aging (Age Progression)
Status
Missing
Link to Photo (URL)
www.doenetwork.org/cases/images/CEChillingworth.jpg

Demographics

Date of Birth
October 24, 1896
Age
58
Age Group
50s
Age as of Today
125
Gender
Male
Hair Color
Eye Color
Height (ft'in")
Height (cm)
Height Range
Weight (lbs)
Weight (kg)
0
Weight Range in Pounds
Ethnicity
Caucasian
Distinguishing Characteristics
Eyeglasses
Photo of Distinguishing Feature
Medical
Physical Abnormality
Tattoos
Scars & Other Marks
Piercings
Shoe Size
Nationality
United States
Languages Spoken
English

Possessions

Clothing (Key Word)
Pajamas, Shoes: Slippers
Clothing (Full Description)
Pajamas. House Slippers.
Possessions / Accessories
Photo of Clothing or Accessories

Location

Address
West Palm Beach
City
Manalapan
Province or State
Florida
Country
United States
Postal Code
07726
Latitude
26.564
Longitude
-80.076

Circumstances

Date of Disappearance
June 14, 1955
Notes
The last sighting of Curtis and Marjorie Chillingworth was at a dinner party on June 14. The couple departed at approximately 10:00pm (22:00) to head home in the West Palm Beach suburb of Manapalan. A carpenter hired to build a toyset for their grandkids arrive the following morning at approximately 8:00am. He found the front door open but no one was home. A judget, it was concerning when Curtis Chillingworth failed to appear for a courtroom hearing at 10:00am as well. Investigators were called and discovered evidence of foul play in and around the home. The porch light was broken and there were blood drops along the path towards the beach. Two used things of tape were discovered in the area, one in the Chillingworth's living room and one in the sand along the beath. Their swimming suits were still there (dry) and there was money left in their wallets; the keys were found still in their car. The two are believed to be deceased and victims of a crime for hire. Curtis was in a conflict with Joseph Peel, the city municipal judget. Peel had beed accused of inappropriate and unethical conduct during a divorce when he worked to represent both sides. He was facing disbarment which would strip him of his license and end his career. Peel was also concerned that he would lose the income he was receiving from corruption, earned by protecting the interests of local bolita stores (a kind of lottery or gambling) and illegal alcohol producers. Curtis was his superior and had already issued a notice to Peel regarding his behavior during a 1953 divorce case and was unlikely to rule in his favor now. Peel decided to hire a local carpenter's apprentice Floyd 'Lucky' Holzapfel (a known criminal) to kill the Judge and his wife. That night, Lucky and his friend Bobby Lincoln took a boat to the beach near the Chillingworth's home and arrive at approximately 1:00am. Bobby hid in the bushed while Lucky knocked on the door. When Curtis opened the door, Lucky used a gun to get Curtis and Marjorie into their boar. They sailed for approximately an hour before pushing both Chillingworths into the water with lead weights tied around their legs. They were discovered only when Lucky got drunk one night and bragged about the incident to an acquaintance who brought the matter to police. All three men served time, but the bodies of the Chillingworths were never found.
Taken From (Location)
Home
Circumstances
At Sea, Home Invasion, Multiple Persons Abduction, Multiple Persons Killed, Murder & Abduction
Vehicle
Plymouth
License Plate
Photo of Vehicle
Suspect
Multiple Persons
Suspect Description
Floyd "Lucky" Holzapfel, Bobby Lincoln, Joseph Peel
Photo of Suspect

Recovered Remains

Date of Recovery
Time of Death
Cause of Death
Recovery of Remains
Tested Against (No Match)

Further Details

In-Depth Case Overview:
Map of Key Locations
See Also
Curtis Eugene Chillingsworth (Case #2082)
Notice URL
www.doenetwork.org/cases/2267dmfl.html
Poster(s)
Other Photos
Case File Photos

Contact Police

Contact Agency
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Contact Police (Email)
Contact Police (Phone)
(855) 835-5326
Contact Police (Local)
911
Contact Police (Website)
tips.fbi.gov/contact
Alternative Contact
Crime Stoppers: https://www.crimestoppersusa.org/programs/locate-a-program or try ICMP: icmp@icmp.intNCMEC: (800) 843-5680