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.
|Publisher:||The Overlook Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About 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.
Table of Contents
major personalities 11
Part 1 "we is got him" (July 1874) 15
Part 2 "the cheapest way" (August-November 1874) 87
Part 3 "dead men tell no tales" (December 1874) 167
Part 4 "this is very uncertain" (January-October 1875) 207
Illustration credits 265