Walter S. Ward, son and heir of the Ward Baking Company (makers of "Tip Top Bread"and other famous brands) fortune was tried and acquitted of the charge of murder in the death of Clarence S. Peters. Ward's attorneys maintained the defendant's story that Peters and two other members of an extortion gang were attempting to blackmail him. They had arranged for Ward to meet them near Kensico Dam to deliver the $75,000.00 they demanded. Peters was in the car with Ward, allegedly pointing a gun to his head, when they drove up to the spot where the other men were waiting in their car. Ward was able to distract Peters and fire his own gun, fatally wounding him, then exchanging gunfire with the others until he was able to flee by car, leaving Peters' body on the side of the road.
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