By Tal McThenia, Margaret Dunbar Cutright
A CASE FOR SOLOMON: BOBBY DUNBAR AND the abduction THAT HAUNTED A country chronicles essentially the most celebrated—and such a lot misunderstood—kidnapping situations in American heritage. In 1912, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar, the son of an upper-middle-class Louisiana kin, went lacking within the swamps. After an eight-month seek that electrified the rustic and destroyed Bobby’s mom and dad, the boy used to be came upon, filthy and hardly ever recognizable, within the pinewoods of southern Mississippi. A wandering piano tuner who have been shuttling the kid through the zone via wagon for months was once arrested and charged with kidnapping—a crime that used to be punishable by means of loss of life on the time. but if a destitute unmarried mom got here ahead from North Carolina to assert the boy as her son, now not Bobby Dunbar, the case turned a high-pitched conflict over custody—and identity—that divided the South.
Amid an ever-thickening tangle of suspicion and doubt, moms and a father struggled to claim their rightful parenthood over the kid, either to the general public and to themselves. for 2 years, attorneys dissected and newspapers sensationalized each point of the tale. Psychiatrists, physicians, criminologists, and personal detectives debated the piano tuner’s guilt and the boy’s id. And the entire whereas the boy himself remained exceptionally guarded at the query of who he used to be. It took approximately a century, a interest that were handed down via generations, and the technological know-how of DNA to find the reality.
A Case for Solomon is a gripping old secret, distilled from a trove of non-public and archival learn. the tale of Bobby Dunbar, fought over through competing New Orleans tabloids, the courts, and the citizenry of 2 states, bargains a case examine in yellow journalism, emergent forensic technological know-how, and felony justice within the turn-of-the-century American South. it's a drama of uncooked poverty and tool and an exposÉ of the way that period outlined and defended motherhood, youth, and neighborhood. First advised in a beautiful episode of nationwide Public Radio’s This American lifestyles, A Case for Solomon chronicles the epic fight to figure out one child’s identification, alongside the way in which probing unsettling questions on the formation of reminiscence, relatives, and self.
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Members of outlaw motorcycle gangs, for example, commonly are obliged to attend regular meetings and to participate in other club-related events (Barker, 2007). Rules on how to behave on these occasions supplement the more basic rules, such as the Hell’s Angels rule “No using dope during a meeting” (Barger, 2001: 46). Obligations of secrecy can also be understood as rules that protect the continued existence of associational criminal structures. Not disclosing privileged information reduces the threat of outside interference from law enforcement and from other criminals (Reuter, 1983).
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Directly or indirectly, however, the rules also beneﬁt the individual members, namely by making the behaviour of those they interact with and rely on more predictable and thereby reducing the complexity of the reality they face (Haller, 1992). Rules Primarily in the Interest of the Association as Such The norms and values that govern associational criminal structures can be roughly grouped with respect to their functions with some mainly pertaining to and beneﬁting the associational criminal structure as such and some primarily beneﬁting individual members.