NEVADA LABOR UNION MAN SLAIN
Las Vegas News> January 20 1966
Ralph Alsup, 54, a Southern Nevada Labor Union Official was slain last night by a killer who waited in ambush outside his home and then fired a shot-gun blast at close range. Alsup, a stormy figure in labor circles who once served a penitentiary sentence for shooting a fellow member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, fell mortally wounded as he opened the gate of his home in Paradise Valley. His right arm was shattered by the blast and 21 pellets penetrated his heart and lungs, according to Lt. Glenn Simmons, head of detectives for the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.
Alsup’s wife Berenice, son Ralph Jr. and daughter-in-law were in the house on the five acre property and heard the blast. “We ran out but there wasn’t anything we could do,” said young Alsup. “Dad was dead.”
FOOT PRINTS ARE TRACED
Footprints in the area indicated the killer walker half a mile to three-quarters of a mile from Eastern Avenue, a Paradise Valley thoroughfare, to the Alsup home on Warm Springs Road. Cigarette butts strewn on the ground and other footprints indicated the killer hid in a clump of bushes, Simmons said. Then when Alsup arrived in his auto, the killer ran to the back of a pickup truck parked near by and fired at Alsup. Alsup had attended a political meeting. He was a member of the County Democratic Central Committee, as well as business agent for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, local 525. The union is involved in a labor dispute at the Atomic Test site, 90 miles northwest of here, but Alsup was not engaged directly in a walkout which was called because 31 men were fired.
Alsup came from Texas in 1942 and became active in union affairs. In the early 1950′s he got into an argument with a union member, Ray Folsom, and was convicted of assault with intent to kill. Folsom recovered from a gunshot wound. The shooting took place in a Union Hall.
SENT TO PRISON
Alsup was sentenced to a one-to-two year term and was paroled after one year. In 1957, he and two plumbing contractors were convicted of conspirators to fix price violation of the Federal anti-trust statutes. He was a former State Vice President of the American Federation of Labor and in 1951, was President of the Clark County Central Labor Council.