The Kidnap Years: The Astonishing True History of the Forgotten Kidnapping Epidemic That Shook Depression-Era America

The Kidnap Years: The Astonishing True History of the Forgotten Kidnapping Epidemic That Shook Depression-Era America

The astonishing true history of the kidnapping open-season that terrorized America

The Great Depression was a time of desperation in America--parents struggled to feed their children and unemployment was at a record high. Adding to the lawlessness of the decade, thugs with submachine guns and corrupt law-enforcement officers ran rampant. But amidst this panic, there was one sure-fire way to make money, one used by criminals and resourceful civilians alike: kidnapping.

Jump into this forgotten history with Edgar Award-winning author David Stout as he explores the reports of missing people that inundated newspapers at the time. Learn the horrifying details of these abduction cases, from the methods used and the investigative processes to the personal histories of the culprits and victims. All of this culminates with the most infamous kidnapping in American history, the one that targeted an international celebrity and changed legislation forever: the Lindbergh kidnapping.

The Kidnap Years is a gritty, visceral, thoughtfully reported page-turner that chronicles the sweep of abductions that afflicted all corners of the country as desperate people were pushed to do the unthinkable.

Title:The Kidnap Years: The Astonishing True History of the Forgotten Kidnapping Epidemic That Shook Depression-Era America
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781492694793
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  • Julie

    The Kidnap Years: The Astonishing True History of the Forgotten Kidnapping Epidemic That Shook Depression-Era America by David Stout is a 2020 Sourcebooks publication. Back in the 1930’s kidnapping ...

  • Valerity (Val)

    This book takes you back to the 1930s and headline making kidnapping cases as it follows them from start to finish. The kidnappings became so common and got so out of hand that something had to be don...

  • Vonda

    A fascinating read that was very well researched. Probably one of the more intriguing true crime books I have read. It talks about the kidnapping epidemic in America during the Great Depression. There...

  • Kimba Tichenor

    A fun read! Not the words one usually uses to describe a history, but this popular history reads like a novel, complete with gangsters, business magnates, and other colorful characters that the author...

  • Kristi Schmitz

    The amount of research and knowledge that went into the writing of this book is truly astounding and David Stout deserves ALL of the accolades this book is receiving. As someone who truly loves the tr...

  • Kirsti

    Who publishes a book about J. Edgar Hoover in 2020 and doesn't mention that he was gay? Who publishes a book about Anne Morrow Lindbergh in 2020 and doesn't mention her ardent support of white suprema...

  • Kimba Tichenor

    A fun read! Not the words one usually uses to describe a history, but this popular history reads like a novel, complete with gangsters, business magnates, and other colorful characters that the author...

  • Laura N.

    Thanks to NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book.This book really impressed me. I have always been interested in true crime, but books of this genre scare me a bit because some of them are so unp...

  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!I wanted to like this book more. I didn't even know that there was a kidnapping epidemic, but, when I think about it more, there de...

  • Donna Hines

    The Great Depression Era you would think would be a lesson but it seems history repeats itself.The discussion in The Kidnap Years centered upon two main groupings: Lindbergh and Hoover and how the FBI...