From Publishers Weekly
The 1953 kidnap-murder of six-year-old Bobby Greenlease in St. Louis, Mo., was one of the most publicized crimes of the decade. The victim's father, a wholesale auto distributor, paid a ransom of $600,000 in small bills to alleged kidnappers Carl Hall and Bonny Heady, who were quickly caught, tried and executed--but only half the ransom money was recovered. Hall, who had embarked on a drunken odyssey around the city after the crime, had no recollection of the missing cash, which Deakin, a St. Louis Dispatch reporter, attempts to trace in this flat, occasionally tedious volume. He concludes that the loot was seized by a corrupt cop and a low-level Mafioso and found its way into the hands of the Chicago mob. At a remove of four decades, however, few readers are likely to care. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
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From Library Journal
In 1953, Bobby Greenlease, the son of very wealthy parents, was kidnapped and immediately murdered. The kidnappers, Carl Austin Hall and Bonnie Heady, were quickly arrested, convicted, and executed. Before they were caught, they received a ransom of $600,000, of which only $300,000 was recovered. Deakin attempts to complete this well-known story by tracing Hall and Heady's movements immediately before and after the kidnapping, using previously unreleased FBI and police tapes. Unfortunately, Deakin manages to make a potentially interesting story dull and boring. He emphasizes the unedited tapes, which are both difficult to follow and repetitious, and continually throws in gratuitous asides. His goal of tracing the lost ransom money is not realized, as we are lead down many dead-end paths. Not recommended.- Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
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