Philadelphia's "Boy in the Box" is one of the country's most famous unsolved crimes, but New York Times reporter Stout delivers a disappointing account of the long-running investigation. In February 1957, the body of a boy between ages four and six was discovered in a cardboard box in a wooded area in Philadelphia's Fox Chase section. Even with an apparent abundance of clues-the plaid blanket wrapped around the body, the cap found nearby-the case went cold fast, though it would become a lifelong obsession for several investigators. Remington Bristow, from the Medical Examiner's office, spent the rest of his life tracking down leads. Detectives Bill Kelly and Sam Weinstein joined the city's elite Vidocq Society-forensic professionals and others who try to solve such crimes-in the hopes of finally giving the boy a name. In 1998, the boy's body was exhumed for DNA testing. A woman has recently claimed that her parents killed the boy but authorities have been unable to prove-or disprove-her story. Stout's uneven chronology, further hampered by myriad digressions, will confuse even the most attentive reader, and frequent lapses into melodrama cheapen a compelling tale. (Sept. 2)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Boy in the Boxby David Stout
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… See more details below
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.
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David Stout, a veteran journalist with the New York Times, is currently a reporter for the paper’s Washington, DC, bureau. He is the author of three novels, including the Edgar Award–winning mystery Carolina Skeletons. He is also the author of Night of the Devil, about the slaying of two policemen in Lodi, New Jersey.
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