The Nation

Three men were found guilty of conspiring to kidnap four drifters and force them into slavery on an isolated ranch in Kerrville, Tex., where one of them was tortured to death with a cattle prod. Walter Wesley Ellebracht Sr., 55, his son, Walter Wesley Ellebracht Jr., 21, and Carlton Robert Caldwell, 21, were convicted of violating Texas' organized crime law in the March, 1984, abduction of the drifters, including 27-year-old Anthony Bates, whose charred remains were found on the ranch.

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