Eric Renshaw, For the Argus Leader Published 1:24 p.m. CT April 5, 2018 | Updated 1:26 p.m. CT April 5, 2018
An advertisement for the “Assassin of Youth” movie.(Photo: Courtesy of GreetingsFromSiouxFalls.com)
On June 29, 1938, The Granada theater teased a new movie called “Assassin of Youth” with an ad that asked, “Who demands a terrible price for a thrill”?
In the film, a journalist goes undercover to investigate the granddaughter of a woman killed in an auto accident by a marijuana-crazed youth. The grandmother left her sizable fortune to the granddaughter but included a morality clause. Typical exploitation fare of the day. The manager of the Granada at the time was Joe Floyd, who used the film’s showing to place the teaser ads and offer a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person in Minnehaha County engaged in the illegal sale of marijuana.
At the time there wasn’t really much drug activity going on in the city, let alone the state, but some remembered a murder in the western part of the state in 1930.
In June 1930, Jose Lopez, a migrant sugar beet farmer from Mexico, turned himself in for the murder of W. E. Lewis near Newell, 25 miles north of Sturgis. Lopez showed the authorities where the body could be found and related the events leading to the death. He had an argument with Lewis, and as Lewis went to reach into his car for something Lopez believed to be a gun, a struggle ensued. In the grapple, Lopez grabbed Lewis’ knife from him and stabbed him in the right temple and abdomen. The Butte County state’s attorney, B. M. Long, said authorities felt Lopez’s story was not to be believed and that Lopez