Friday, October 12, 2012
Review: A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation
A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation by Tal McThenia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation by Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright is a fascinating look at a 1912 case of a missing little boy named Bobby Dunbar. Months later, a little boy who resembled Bobby is found with a traveling tinker named Walters. Is this Bobby Dunbar, or as the man claimed, Bruce Anderson?
The book recalls the facts and perceptions from the day that Bobby goes missing, through him being found, and ultimately the court case that led to Bobby Dunbar being raised by Percy and Lessie Dunbar in Opelousas, Louisiana. It is an interesting case, and since it came decades before the use of DNA matching, it is also much more difficult comprehend that a child's identity could be debated between two mothers who claimed to know their child when they saw him. It's full of facts, court records, photos and more. A great read for anyone who wants to know more about this case.
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