VOL. 3 NO. 8
MURDER IN GAY BAR
Oklahoma City, Okla., July 20,
1972. - The burned body of an
apparent murder victim was found
at mid-morning today in a locked
and otherwise deserted northwest
Oklahoma City bar.
A robbery-homicide detectives
The body was identified as
Albert Richard Pitts, 47, who served as a part-time bartender and
the cleanup man at the Next Door
Club, 6714 N. Western.
The body was found by Oklahoma City and Nichols HHls firemen responding to a smoke call at
the Next Door Club. They broke
in and quickly extinguished flames
that had charred bar booths, the
carpet and part of the ceiling.
The call had been made by Bob
Gibbons who operates the Northwest Hodaka Motorcycle Shop adjoining the club in the rambling,
one-story, masonry building.
Gibbons said he noticed smoke
in his shop when he opened it at
8:15 a.m., and made a search but
could find no source. When it
persisted, he called firemen at
Nichols Hills firemen broke
into the club through an attic
reached via the cycle shop, while
Oklahoma City firefighters forced
open the east door.
Jim Hathaway, an Oklahoma
City deputy fire chief, said the fire
itself was minor and left damage
no greater than $100.
The body was severely burned,
especially the chest area, and the
trousers and shoes hadbeen charred away. The carpeting was burned
around the spot where the body
lay, in an open space near where
the serving bar and a line of
booths meet at right angles.
However, the face and head
were not burned. Bruce Shaw,
police public relations man, said,
"The man was struck on the head
with some heavy object, and may
have been set on fire."
A wallet was found beside the
body, which still wore a
wristwatch. Shaw said he could not
comment on whether money and
identification were found in the
Dr. A. J. Chapman, a state
medical examiner, made a 40-
minute examination before the body
He remained inside the club - -
sealed off to all but homocide
detectives and other investigators
Chief Hataway said the booths
and ceiling had not been burning
long when firemen arrived. He
termed arson a good possibility,
although "there is nothing outside
the building to indicate what fluid
was used to start the fire."
The club premises includes
several locked rooms, and the back
door bears the label "Hotel."
Friday, July 21, a 33 year-
old Oklahoma City man whose car
. was stopped for a traffic violation
was booked into city jail as a
material witness after he told
police he was a close friend of
Arrested was Jon H. Jackson,
440 NW 26th, who said he knew
Albert Richard Pitts.
Jackson was also charged with
driving under the influence and
driving under suspension.
Pitts was a resident of Edmond
a small town near Oklahoma City.
THE DAILY OKXAHOMAN
OKLAHOMA CITY TIMES
45 ARRESTED IN ISLE
Early Sunday morning the latter
part of July the Gym Baths in
Galveston were raided. There were
48 arrests, five for felony sodomy.
A check with the Galveston Police Department revealed that it
was just "a routine raid as a result
Several years ago the Zodiac
Baths were raided in the same
manner. Is this just plain har-
rasment of this gay business. In
calling about persons thought to
have been jailed in the raid, one
person after finding out that hi£
friend was there was informed
of it in this manner. "Oh yes,
we have him - he's one of the
queers from the horehouse."
The Gym has been in operation
for some time without any trouble
within that might cause the Police
Department any problems. Yet,
from the comment by the officer
on the phone the department was
not oblivious of the type of business or what went on there.
The list of names were like
"Who's Who" in the Houston,
Dallas and yes, even Conroe Gay
Circles. The felony charges were
charged against the "performers"
and from all accounts it was a
The Gym owners could not be
reached for comment but the cost
of this incident was the customers
and not the GYM.
There are several stories going
on about the reason behind this
action by the Galveston Police.
One is that the landlord is dissatisfied, another is that the lovers
who own the baths are at odds,
still another is ' 'payoff'
• • •
On August 4th the Detour in
Dallas was the scene of the Campi
Awards. This award function, unlike Houston's annual "Oscar"
Award is open to the public. Tickets
were $1.00 and the place was
It is surprising just how well
we are known by the people we
deal with and are around so here
goes and each and everyone named
herewith deserved what they got -
or they wouldn't have been so
The Best Waiter went to Iva -
Iva I believe is a real "she" but
the nomination was for waiter so
your guess is as good as mine.
The Best Bartender Award went
to Chuclrof the Bayou Landing. To
you that are not familiar with the
service this young man gives -
check it out.
The Best Alcoholic went to
Jim Kennedy - who by the way was
present but due to his usual condition probably didn't remember
this honor being bestowed on his
Miss Bitch Award was so appropriately presented to one that
it is not necessary to name but
will do so for those not living in
Dallas. This was to Ron "Sue"
of Ronsue's who comes by his
name and talents with very little
effort or practice - so there.!
Miss Camp Award went to Lee
S. of the Entre Nuit. Gad!- can't
even hold a conversation for the
flapping of that one's lips.
Best Comedy Award of course
went to Big David - better known
as "fatty" of the Bayou Landing.
She really is funny - even though
she is backward and uneducated
to the extent that modern equip
ment such as telephones are be-
yound comprehension -Well-
sweetie - see ... you were told
that if you lasted long enough an
award would come to you (this
is it's first).
Best Serious Award was to
Saji a truly deserving person in-
so-far as performing ability - but
why can't that cat tell the truth.
Has it out now - and this is probably true - that Shirley Ankles of
Houston is her agent with a contract for six years at an undisclosed figure. Bet Shirley gets
his cut - hope so - perhaps he
would loan "fatty" enough to pay
up the poor darling's bills.
Best "Nell" Award went to
Sally of Ronsue's - would you
believe it of this butch thing. I
can't wait to tell all not to let
the dress fool you - and it is
"what's up front that counts."
NOTblNQ llUMAN IS ALIGN TO US