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We Is Got Him: The Kidnapping That Changed America

We Is Got Him: The Kidnapping That Changed America

by Carrie Hagen
     
 

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In 1874, a little boy named Charley Ross was snatched from his family's front yard in Philadelphia. A ransom note arrived three days later, demanding $20,000 for Charley’s return. The city was about to host the United States Centennial celebration, and the mass panic surrounding the Charley Ross case plunged the nation into hysteria.

The desperate search

Overview

In 1874, a little boy named Charley Ross was snatched from his family's front yard in Philadelphia. A ransom note arrived three days later, demanding $20,000 for Charley’s return. The city was about to host the United States Centennial celebration, and the mass panic surrounding the Charley Ross case plunged the nation into hysteria.

The desperate search led the police to inspect every building in Philadelphia, set up saloon surveillance in New York’s notorious slums, and begin a national manhunt. With white-knuckle suspense and historical detail, Hagen vividly captures the dark side of an earlier America. Her brilliant portrayal of its criminals, detectives, politicians, spiritualists, and ordinary families will stay with the reader long after the final page.

Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
Relentlessly suspenseful… This is an elegantly told, superbly accomplished history of good and bad intentions gone awry.
From the Publisher
"Relentlessly suspenseful… This is an elegantly told, superbly accomplished history of good and bad intentions gone awry." — Philadelphia Inquirer

"As Erik Larson mined the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair for Devil in the White City, Hagen chronicles a tragically more relevant 19th-century story." — –Michael Capuzzo, author of The Murder Room

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468300581
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
902,025
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Carrie Hagen is a graduate of Penn State and the College of New Jersey, as well as the Goucher College MFA Program in Creative Nonfiction. Hagen lives in Philadelphia.

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