Joe Ball was a strong man, and a crack shot.
After his return from WWI, he started a bootlegging operation,
and then opened
a bar when Prohibition ended.
A number of barmaids seemed to disappear from
bar, and fueled the fire of his legend.
Joe Balls bar in Elmendorf
Joe's Bar in Elmendorf, Texas. As an attraction, he added an
and it was said that he fed small live animals to the 'gators
Minnie Gotthardt, known as Big Minnie
Minnie Gotthardt, or "Big Minnie" was a partner in Joe's bar for a
She lost her arm in a car accident, and then disappeared.
Police were led to the area where she had been dismembered
buried by Clifton Wheeler, Ball's handyman.
Hazel "Schatzie Brown", victim
Hazel Brown, also known as 'Schatzie' was a barmaid at Joe Ball's
Her body was disposed of by Ball and Wheeler three miles from town,
and Wheeler led investigators to the site.
Bexar County deputy sheriff John Gray
After Joe Ball's death, investigators found evidence linking him to
Big Minnie's murder,
including a post hole digger and a saw, used to dismember and bury