Boy in the Box

Boy in the Box

The Unsolved Case of America's Unknown Child

Book - 2008
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On February 25, 1957, the nude, badly bruised body of a young boy was found in a cardboard box in trash-strewn woods of north Philadelphia. Posters of the Boy in the Box soon dotted the city and police stations nationwide to no avail. In November 1998 the remains were exhumed for DNA analysis, and the boy was reburied as America s Unknown Child. The Boy in the Box is the first book to examine America s most famous unsolved case of child murder one that led to the Stranger Danger child safety campaign and a Law & Order episode. Written in a fast-paced style and featuring never-before-seen photos, it examines half a century of shocking and mysterious events surrounding the discovery of the body. David Stout presents a timeline interwoven with flashbacks, theories, media reports, first-hand interviews, and urban myths taking us back to the year America lost its innocence forever.
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9781599212692
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 STOUT D
Characteristics: 255 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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Apr 05, 2016

An outstanding true crime tale that begs for a conclusion. In February 1957 a young boys naked body was found in a box in Philadelphia. This is the story of the dedicated policemen and detectives that pursued every lead and used all means at their disposal to bring to justice the perpetrator(s). This sad story has no ending that satisfies. The unnamed boy was better loved in death than in life but this sad story remains a compelling and mystifying real-life tale. A must for detective buffs.


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