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Author McThenia, Tal.
Title A case for Solomon : Bobby Dunbar and the kidnapping that haunted a nation / Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright.
Published New York : Free Press, 2012.
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Edition 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
Description xx, 436 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary A Case for Solomon : Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation chronicles one of the most celebrated--and most misunderstood--kidnapping cases in American history. In 1912, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar, the son of an upper-middle-class Louisiana family, went missing in the swamps. After an eight-month search that electrified the country and destroyed Bobby's parents, the boy was found, filthy and unrecognizable, in the pinewoods of southern Mississippi. A wandering piano tuner who had been shuttling the child throughout the region by wagon for months was arrested and charged with kidnapping--a crime that was punishable by death at the time. But when a destitute single mother came forward from North Carolina to claim the boy as her son, not Bobby Dunbar, the case became a high-pitched battle over custody--and identity--that divided the South. Amid an ever-thickening tangle of suspicion and doubt, two mothers and a father struggled to assert their rightful parenthood over the child, both to the public and to themselves. For two years, lawyers dissected and newspapers sensationalized every aspect of the story. Psychiatrists, physicians, criminologists, and private detectives debated the piano tuner's guilt and the boy's identity. And all the while the boy himself remained peculiarly guarded on the question of who he was. It took nearly a century, a curiosity that had been passed down through generations, and the science of DNA to discover the truth. -- Jacket, p. [2].
Subject Dunbar, Bobby, -1966.
Dunbar, Bobby, -1966 -- Kidnapping, 1912.
Kidnapping -- Southern States -- Case studies.
Missing children -- Southern States -- Case studies.
Mistaken identity -- Southern States -- Case studies.
Dunbar, Bobby, -1966 -- Family.
Cutright, Margaret Dunbar -- Family.
Opelousas (La.) -- Biography.
Related Names Cutright, Margaret Dunbar.
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OCLC number 709673184