By Tal McThenia, Margaret Dunbar Cutright
A CASE FOR SOLOMON: BOBBY DUNBAR AND the abduction THAT HAUNTED A country chronicles some of the most celebrated—and such a lot misunderstood—kidnapping instances in American historical past. In 1912, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar, the son of an upper-middle-class Louisiana family members, 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 hardly ever recognizable, within the pinewoods of southern Mississippi. A wandering piano tuner who have been shuttling the kid during the quarter via wagon for months used to be arrested and charged with kidnapping—a crime that was once punishable through loss of life on the time. but if a destitute unmarried mom got here ahead from North Carolina to assert the boy as her son, no longer Bobby Dunbar, the case turned 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 claim their rightful parenthood over the kid, either to the general public and to themselves. for 2 years, legal professionals dissected and newspapers sensationalized each point of the tale. Psychiatrists, physicians, criminologists, and personal detectives debated the piano tuner’s guilt and the boy’s identification. And the entire whereas the boy himself remained in particular guarded at the query of who he used to be. It took approximately a century, a interest that have been handed down via generations, and the technology of DNA to find the reality.
A Case for Solomon is a gripping historic secret, distilled from a trove of private and archival learn. the tale of Bobby Dunbar, fought over by way of competing New Orleans tabloids, the courts, and the citizenry of 2 states, deals a case research in yellow journalism, emergent forensic technology, and legal 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, early life, and group. First advised 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, family members, and self.
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