The California Snatch Racket: Kidnappings During the Prohibition and Depression Eras James R. Smith

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The California Snatch Racket: Kidnappings During the Prohibition and Depression Eras  by  James R. Smith

The California Snatch Racket: Kidnappings During the Prohibition and Depression Eras by James R. Smith
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Bringing a dark and forgotten era into vivid life, this fascinating history explores a booming criminal enterprise that was spawned in California in the 1920s and 1930s. Exposing a spree of kidnappings referred to as the while each new disappearanceMoreBringing a dark and forgotten era into vivid life, this fascinating history explores a booming criminal enterprise that was spawned in California in the 1920s and 1930s. Exposing a spree of kidnappings referred to as the while each new disappearance brought new headlines and sales to the newspaper companies.

Illustrating the manner in which even the simplest capers would often run tragically awry, 15 bizarre and often ironic tales are presented, including how a modern city rose to lynch a pair of kidnappers, the college kids who chose to imitate Leopold and Loeb, and the famed evangelist who faked her own abduction to cover up an affair. Early forensic techniques are described, including the first documented call tracing using a bevy of operators in a phone chain, as well as the birth of the modern symbiotic relationship between the news media and high-profile crime, demonstrating how the sensationalism of personal tragedy became a source for increased media sales.



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