Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Eccentric Amarillo, TX millionaire Stanley Marsh, 74, owner of 'Cadillac Ranch,' sued by eight teenage boys

Cadillac Ranch, near Amarillo, Texas. Photo: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid
From the New York Times:
Eight teenage boys have sued him [Marsh] in recent weeks, alleging in a series of lawsuits that he supplied them with cash, cars and alcohol in return for sexual favors and performances at his office and at his home. The lawsuits claimed the boys, identified in court documents as John Does, were 15, 16 and 17 at the time...
     At 74, he is the only rancher in town whose windmill wears a bow tie and who has used his land and wealth as a kind of canvas for thought-provoking art. At his offices in Amarillo’s tallest building, the Chase Tower, there were no buried cars, but a visiting reporter once noted the sign by the elevator doors: “The People’s Republic of the 12th Floor.”
     Nearly 17 years ago, he was arrested on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault after he was accused of threatening a high school student with a hammer and locking him in a chicken coop. The young man, 18 at the time, had stolen one of Mr. Marsh’s street signs, and he was a member of the Whittenburg family, with whom the Marsh family has had a long-running feud...
     In the 1970s, his name appeared on a White House “enemies list” after he wrote a letter to Pat Nixon, the first lady, about establishing a “museum of decadent art,” an entire room of which, he said, would be dedicated to her hats.
AKSARBENT warns its readers not to confuse this installation with Carhenge, a similar attraction/nuisance near Alliance, in Western Nebraska.

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