Robert A. Waters' book, THE KIDNAPPING AND MURDER OF LITTLE SKEEGIE CASH: J. EDGAR HOOVER AND FLORIDA'S LINDBERGH CASE, tells the tragic story of a five-year-old boy snatched from his home in the middle of the night. Co-written with his award-winning brother, Zack C. Waters, the authors pored through thousands of FBI documents to bring this case to life. As with all of Robert's books, this true tale was unknown to scholars until he and Zack unearthed it. The abduction, ransom payment, and manhunt are described in spine-chilling detail made even more dramatic by the arrival of J. Edgar Hoover. (The FBI chief had an ulterior motive, of course, in contrast with the heart-felt grief of Skeegie's doting parents.) This explosive new book sheds light on a little-known episode that helped change the history of the FBI.
Robert A. Waters is known in the true crime field for his tightly-focused writing and alternative viewpoint. In the 1990s, as the media howled for more gun control, Waters' first book, THE BEST DEFENSE, documented a dozen cases of armed self-defense. These dramatic and poignant stories, written in a compelling true crime format, focused on would-be victims who lived because they had a gun. THE BEST DEFENSE quickly became a best-seller, and helped to shape American views on the gun issue.
OUTGUNNED!, co-written with his brother John T. Waters, described true stories of infamous wild west outlaws and Prohibition-era gangsters whose violent crimes were stopped by armed citizens. Once again, this book popularized a little-known subject.
Robert's book, SUN STRUCK, also co-written with his brother, John, described fifteen breathtaking cases from the cradle of crime, Florida.