By James L. Neibaur
What begun as a sad, yet another way usual, kidnapping became out to be a surprising homicide by way of one of many period’s such a lot twisted killers, William Edward Hickman. James L. Neibaur takes a step into historical past, depicting how this abduction used to be quickly categorised the “crime of the century” and sparked a transformation within the nation’s awareness to such circumstances. With a media-driven national manhunt, one of many greatest and such a lot wide-ranging in California historical past, after which a determined try out at sparing the killer’s lifestyles with the surprising madness plea, this notorious case left the kidnapping and homicide of Marion Parker to be etched into Nineteen Twenties popular culture.
The homicide of Marion Parker delivered to mild the unthinkable fact of kid abduction. Neibaur resourcefully weaves jointly the occasions surrounding the crime within the context of the modern tradition and attitudes of the overdue Nineteen Twenties, masking the impression of the media’s first involvement in a felony justice case, and the way the popular notions of the glamorized ‘20s have been overwhelmed via this traditional family’s chilling reality.
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