This jaw-dropping ad actually appeared in the Hollywood Reporter on April 22, 1997. As you can see, it starts off by offering a $50,000 reward to find the killer(s) of murdered bass player, John Pastuch (pictured) of the Cowboy Junction Band in Pike County, Alabama. But why waste an opportunity to sell some records?! The second part of the ad actually plugs the Cowboy Junction’s latest recordings, the Cowboy Junction’s concert performances, the WKFL Buddy Max Radio Show, and the Cowboy Junction Flea Market in Lecanto, Florida.
And you gotta love the little country n’ western graphics that adorn the “Find the Killers!” ad: fiddlin’ n’ stummin’ cowboys, playful musical notes and cowboy boots with spurs. The song titles are also fun: “If Freda’s Still Single,” “If It’s Country Music It’s For Me,” “They Tore That Little Office Building Down,” and “Label on Her Dress.”
Finally, don’t miss this spectacular run-on sentence: “He was killed in a wooded area in an open building with no locks on the doors and the windows were wide open while he slept on a hot sunny, Sunday summer afternoon while a noisy fan hummed nearby.”