New PDF release: A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That

By Tal McThenia, Margaret Dunbar Cutright

ISBN-10: 1439158592

ISBN-13: 9781439158593

A CASE FOR SOLOMON: BOBBY DUNBAR AND the abduction THAT HAUNTED A kingdom chronicles essentially the most celebrated—and so much misunderstood—kidnapping situations in American historical past. In 1912, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar, the son of an upper-middle-class Louisiana kin, went lacking within the swamps. After an eight-month seek that electrified the rustic and destroyed Bobby’s mom and dad, the boy was once came across, filthy and infrequently recognizable, within the pinewoods of southern Mississippi. A wandering piano tuner who were shuttling the kid through the zone by way of wagon for months was once arrested and charged with kidnapping—a crime that was once punishable via demise on the time. but if a destitute unmarried mom got here ahead from North Carolina to assert the boy as her son, now not Bobby Dunbar, the case grew to become a high-pitched conflict over custody—and identity—that divided the South.
Amid an ever-thickening tangle of suspicion and doubt, moms and a father struggled to say their rightful parenthood over the kid, either to the general public and to themselves. for 2 years, attorneys dissected and newspapers sensationalized each element of the tale. Psychiatrists, physicians, criminologists, and personal detectives debated the piano tuner’s guilt and the boy’s id. And the entire whereas the boy himself remained in particular guarded at the query of who he was once. It took approximately a century, a interest that have been handed down via generations, and the technological know-how of DNA to find the reality.
A Case for Solomon is a gripping historic secret, distilled from a trove of non-public and archival study. the tale of Bobby Dunbar, fought over through competing New Orleans tabloids, the courts, and the citizenry of 2 states, deals a case research in yellow journalism, emergent forensic technology, and felony justice within the turn-of-the-century American South. it's a drama of uncooked poverty and gear and an exposÉ of ways that period outlined and defended motherhood, youth, and neighborhood. First informed in a gorgeous episode of nationwide Public Radio’s This American existence, A Case for Solomon chronicles the epic fight to figure out one child’s id, alongside the way in which probing unsettling questions about the formation of reminiscence, kin, and self.

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