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“The Silence of Cricket Coogler” at Branigan Cultural Center 2017

The Branigan Cultural Center will screen the documentary“The Silence of Cricket Coogler” followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Richard Startzman, from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5.

“The Silence of Cricket Coogler” is an award winning historic documentary of the brutal murder of a young waitress in Las Cruces, NM in 1949, with all the twists and turns of a Hitchcock murder mystery. The case, featured in Time magazine, revealed a murderous cover-up reaching to the highest levels of New Mexico state government and prevented the Mafia’s (Bugsy Segal’s) desire to turn New Mexico into a gambling haven like Las Vegas is today.

Author Tony Hillerman tried to solve this 50 year-old mystery, without success, and is featured in the film along with host John Ehrlichman of the Watergate scandal.

Who silenced Cricket? You be the judge.

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is located at 501 North Main St. and is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The museum has extended summer hours on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the website at or call 575/541-2154.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.