By Tal McThenia, Margaret Dunbar Cutright
A Case for Solomon tells the spellbinding tale of 1 of the main celebrated kidnapping instances in American background, and a haunting family members secret that took virtually a century to unravel.
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 heritage. In 1912, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar, the son of an upper-middle-class Louisiana relatives, 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 chanced on, filthy and rarely recognizable, within the pinewoods of southern Mississippi. A wandering piano tuner who have been shuttling the kid during the zone through wagon for months used to be arrested and charged with kidnapping—a crime that used to be punishable by way of 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 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 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 especially guarded at the query of who he was once. It took approximately a century, a interest that were 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 non-public and archival study. 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 learn in yellow journalism, emergent forensic technological know-how, and legal justice within the turn-of-the-century American South. it's a drama of uncooked poverty and tool and an exposé of the way 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, relatives, and self.