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A Trail of Corn: Walker, Keith A Trail of Corn: Walker, Keith

A Trail of Corn

Walker, Keith

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ISBN 10: 1885793006 / ISBN 13: 9781885793003
Published by Golden Door Press, Santa Rosa, CA, 1995
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1995, 1995 As New Book, Near Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition April, 1995, 770 clean tight unmarked pages, 10 full pages of b/w photos in mid section, book has full navy blue cloth covered boards with gilt embossed lettering on the spine, jacket is blue with a b/w photo of a grieving woman on the front cover, black lettering on white boxes, b/w photo on the back jacket of a skelton search operation. Bookseller Inventory # 004122

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Title: A Trail of Corn

Publisher: Golden Door Press, Santa Rosa, CA

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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How could a man be guilty of kidnaping and killing a 14-yr.-old school girl while on a fishing trip miles away when she disappeared? The district attorney claimed the suspect was a vicious sex killer who stalked the victim - and kept her possessions as a fetish. But Burton Abbott said he was 175 miles away when young, pretty Stephanie Bryan was last seen near her Berkeley, CA, home. And he had witnesses to prove it. Keith Walker's compelling story asks: Did Abbott leave a "trail of corn", showing evidence of his implication, as the district attorney claimed, or did someone else leave the "trail of corn", perhaps purposely? A phone call with only two minutes to spare, a mother's anguished cries, soil on boots nine inches down in the grave, human fingers protruding from under a trunk lid - these are some of the strange ingredients that went into this fascinating story. Burton Abbott was a tubercular ex-GI student at the University of California in Berkeley, CA, when Stephanie disappeared on her way home from school on April 28, 1955. Investigation showed Abbott made a trip to the family cabin on the day the girl disappeared. Later, Stephanie's remains were found in a grisly grave 339 feet up a steep hillside above the cabin. But Abbott flatly denied any implication in the girl's death. He said he was the victim of cruel hoax, a ruthless district attorney who based his case on suppositions and innuendoes, and a biased judge. The case was a controversial one, with almost everyone divided on whether he committed the crime. There was only circumstantial evidence to implicate him. Puzzling twists of the story produced blazing headlines month after month in California newspapers. Keith Walker, a newspaperman at the time, spent 35 years researching and writing this book. He has produced a powerful story of intrigue, suspense, drama, grief, conflict and human emotions. He has used his reporter's skills to bring you the full scope of this bizarre, compelling story.

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