The Boy in the Box: America's Unknown Child

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The Zodiac Killer aside, no unsolved criminal case in American history has quite gripped investigators nationwide like the Boy in the Box Case of Philadelphia, 1957. It is a story of sadness, teeming with hope. Originally seen as a local, solvable case, it has grown to include its own Website and appearances on America's Most Wanted, 48 Hours, Cold Case, and the like. Still the case is unsolved, and as Detective Tom Augustine recently said, "The case just won t go away." On Monday, February 25, 1957, a young Caucasian boy, estimated to be between the ages of three and five, was found nude along Susquehanna Road, an illegal dumping ground for unwanted trash, located just some eight miles north of downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the City of Brotherly Love. The boy's body was partially covered with a recently cleaned, rust-colored, Indian-style blanket remnant over his loin and was placed inside a relatively pristine J.C. Penney bassinet box. Ironically, the discarded box was in better shape than the boy. What the Boy in the Box Case boils down to is quite simple. So much effort was put into the case because the victim is the epitome of innocence. As Lt. Kenneth Coluzzi, who once headed the Special Investigations Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department's Homicide Division, put it, "It's about giving the boy an identity and a name." This came to be a monumental task for all involved. So began to build this story, the story of a boy, a box, and a lot of love, on February 25, 1957.

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Raised in suburban Glendale Heights, Illinois, Jim Hoffmann attended Reskin Elementary, Marquardt Middle, and Glenbard North High School between 1969 and 1982. He received his B.A. in History and German and teaching credential from Eastern Illinois University (1986), as well as his M.S. in Education from Northern Illinois University (1990). Since childhood, Jim has written various short stories, stage plays (including dabbling in filmmaking), screenplays, and novellas. Starting in 1986, he has taught junior high and high school social studies in Aurora, IL, San Jose, Stockton and Hesperia, CA. Jim resides with his family in Apple Valley, California. He hopes to build an America's Unknown Child West Virtual Gravesite in Southern California where all abused children will be honored.

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