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A GRAVE FOR BOBBY. The Greenlease Slaying - The True Story of the Midwest's most notorious kidnapping: murder, money and the Mafia

Deakin (James)

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ISBN 10: 0688067301 / ISBN 13: 9780688067304
Published by William Morrow (New York), 1990
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Hardback. A dozen chrysanthemums, newly planted, adding a touch of brightness to an autumn day. But under the flowers was the body of a 6yr old child, kidnapped from an exclusive private school and brutally murdered in a lonely field. Thus began the tragedy of Bobby Greenlease. It was a crime that shocked and horrified America - and then left an unsolved mystery in its wake. Now the complete story of one of the Midwest's most notorious murders is told for the first time - the first book ever written about the Greenlease kidnap-murder and the disappearance of $300,000 in ransom money - a follow-on crime that baffled and ultimately defeated J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. On September 28, 1953, two human monsters - Carl Austin Hall and Bonnie Emily Heady - kidnapped Bobby Greenlease in Kansas City, Missouri, took him to a remote spot, and shot him. Then, in a series of telephone calls, Hall repeatedly assured Bobby's parents that the boy was alive and well (the transcripts of these macabre conversations are revealed here for the firsr time). Millionaire Robert C. Greenlease paid a $600,000 ransom in a desperate effort to save his son. The kidnappers collected the money and fled to St. Louis. Then an odd assortment of characters - a cop, crook, a cab driver and a prostitute - all vividly portrayed in this book - were involved in the capture of Bobby's killers. Less than 3 months later, Carl and Bonnie were executed - but half of the ransom money disappeared. Based on 2yrs of interviews and other research, including more than 3,500 pages of FBI and police reports, this is the story of a crime that was solved and a mystery that wasn't. Or was it? After reading this book you may decide that, at long last, you know what happened to the missing $300,000. Illus. 286pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true-crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in f. dw. Bookseller Inventory # 14388

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Title: A GRAVE FOR BOBBY. The Greenlease Slaying - ...

Publisher: William Morrow (New York)

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover / Hardback

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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A veteran reporter investigates the true story of the infamous 1953 kidnapping of young Bobby Greenlease, brutally murdered by two kidnappers who later were sentenced to the electric chair, and traces the still-missing ransom money

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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.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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