A Case for Solomon

Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation
McThenia, Tal & . A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation. Free Pr: S. & S. Aug. 2012. c.464p. illus. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781439158593. $26.99. CRIME
The kidnapping of Bobby Dunbar will never be as famous as the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, but his story is compelling in its own right. Coauthored by Cutright, Dunbar's supposed granddaughter, and McThenia, who reported on the story for This American Life, the book begins in 1912 when four-year-old Bobby was kidnapped in Louisiana during a camping trip and miraculously discovered months later in Mississippi. It concludes shortly after 2004, when DNA test results confirmed that the child claimed as Bobby Dunbar was in actuality the son of single mother Judith Anderson. The book also covers the trial of the accused kidnapper, William Walters, as well as the fate of the real Bobby Dunbar. Cutright's firsthand knowledge not only of the personalities involved but also of the repercussions these events had on two families is a great benefit.
VERDICT Much of this book retells the story of how a small boy could be taken from his mother and placed with another family despite his own recollections. A solid read that provides plenty of food for thought, especially for those interested in children's rights.
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