Estes was a con man who passed money to LBJ via Baker, LBJ's version of Thurlow Weed and Paul Begala.
Estes was running a con using stored grain, and a federal inspector came sniffing -- and was never seen again.
LBJ had a lot to answer for. Living on either a schoolteacher's or a congressman's salary, by 1964 he and Lady Bird were worth $9 million in cash, stock, and property (including an Austin TV station Lady Bird owned -- or rather held in Lyndon's name).
Crooked as a dog's hind leg.
I vaguely remember the Billie Sol Estes name as a young kid. Didn’t he also have something to do with some land scam outside of Houston? Can’t remember the name of the place now.