The Kidnap Years

The Kidnap Years

The Astonishing True History of the Forgotten Kidnapping Epidemic That Shook Depression-era America

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"The Great Depression was a time of incomparable financial desperation in America. Thugs with submachine guns and square-jawed G-men have long dominated the vernacular images of fear, lawlessness, and corruption set against the decimating poverty of that decade. But little known-until now-are the many serial dramas that played out in homes and hideouts, courtrooms and cold cases across the country. In a time of panic, legal lethargy, corruption, and incompetence, there was one sure-fire means to make money, one that was seized upon by both criminals and resourceful civilians. Best of all, one likely to go unpunished: kidnapping. Gritty, visceral, and thoughtfully reported, The Kidnap Years chronicles a forgotten time in America's history when the economic hardships of the Great Depression and the low legal risk of kidnapping led to a sweep of abductions that afflicted all corners of the country"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781492694793
Characteristics: xxix, 430 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm.


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