On December 17, 1927 in Los Angeles, twelve year old Marion Parker,
daughter of a prominent banker, was called to the school office
where a stranger told her that her father had been in an accident
and that she must leave with him right away. Fewer than 48 hours
later, she was dead. What started as a tragic, but otherwise
ordinary, kidnapping turned out to be a shocking murder by one of
the period's most twisted killers, William Edward Hickman. James L.
Neibaur takes a step into history, depicting how this abduction was
soon labeled the "crime of the century" and sparked a change in the
nation's attention to such cases. With a media-driven nationwide
manhunt, one of the biggest and most wide-ranging in California
history, and then a desperate attempt at sparing the killer's life
with the unfamiliar insanity plea, this infamous case left the
abduction and murder of Marion Parker to be etched into 1920s pop
culture. The murder of Marion Parker brought to light the
unthinkable reality of child abduction. Neibaur resourcefully
weaves together the events surrounding the crime in the context of
the contemporary culture and attitudes of the late 1920s, covering
the impact of the media's first involvement in a criminal justice
case, and how the admired notions of the glamorized '20s were
crushed by this ordinary family's chilling reality.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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James L. Neibaur
||239 x 157 x 22mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - With dust jacket
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