By Tal McThenia, Margaret Dunbar Cutright
A CASE FOR SOLOMON: BOBBY DUNBAR AND the abduction THAT HAUNTED A kingdom chronicles the most celebrated—and so much misunderstood—kidnapping circumstances 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 used to be came upon, filthy and infrequently recognizable, within the pinewoods of southern Mississippi. A wandering piano tuner who have been shuttling the kid during the area by means of wagon for months was once arrested and charged with kidnapping—a crime that used to be punishable by means of dying on the time. but if a destitute unmarried mom got here ahead from North Carolina to say 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, 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 especially 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 ancient secret, distilled from a trove of private and archival learn. 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 technological know-how, and felony justice within the turn-of-the-century American South. it's a drama of uncooked poverty and gear and an exposÉ of the way that period outlined and defended motherhood, early life, and group. First instructed in a beautiful 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 best way probing unsettling questions about the formation of reminiscence, relations, and self.
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