A Case for Solomon

Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation

A Case for Solomon

THE MOST NOTORIOUS KIDNAPPING CASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY

In 1912, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar went missing in the Louisiana swamps. After an eight-month search that electrified the country and destroyed Bobby’s parents, the boy was found, filthy and hardly recogniz­able. A wandering piano tuner was arrested and charged with kidnapping— a crime then punishable by death.

But when a destitute single mother came forward from North Carolina to claim the boy as her son, not the lost Bobby Dunbar, the case became a high-pitched battle over custody—and identity—that divided the South. A gripping historical mystery, A Case for Solomon chronicles the epic century-long effort to unravel the startling truth.
  • Free Press | 
  • 464 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439158609 | 
  • August 2013

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Tal McThenia
Photograph by Stefanie Spina
Margaret Dunbar Cutright
Photograph by Wayne Cutright

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