From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of MURDER IN THE PENCIL FACTORY and THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, comes a powerful new historical true crime short,: MURDER OF THE BANKER’S DAUGHTER: The Killing of Marion Parker.
On December 15, 1927, twelve year old Marion Parker, daughter of a prominent banker was brazenly abducted from her junior high school in Los Angeles, California, in a bizarre ransom and revenge scheme. Two days later, the girl’s dismembered remains were left behind by a brutal killer, destroying a family and unnerving the entire city.
This caused pandemonium as the perpetrator managed to evade immediate capture, leading to a manhunt by authorities unlike any in recent memory. The horror of the crime was reminiscent of one fourteen years earlier involving thirteen year old Mary Phagan, who was murdered at a pencil factory in Atlanta, and five years later when the twenty-month-old son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was abducted from the family’s New Jersey home and brutally slain.
The killer of Marion Parker was identified as former bank messenger William Edward Hickman, a nineteen year old with a score to settle and an appetite for killing.
The career criminal’s capture, trial, and ultimate fate captured the public’s imagination, while putting attention on the age-old vulnerability of children in this country targeted by child predators and the often tragic consequences that rings true to this day.
Included with the story are bonus excerpts of R. Barri Flowers bestselling true crime shorts, MURDER AT THE PENCIL FACTORY and MASS MURDER IN THE SKY, as well as an excerpt of the author’s internationally bestselling true crime book, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS.
“Selected as one of Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2011 books.” — John Raab, CEO/Publisher on The Sex Slave Murders
“A gripping account of the murders committed by husband-and-wife serial killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego.” –Gary C. King, true crime author on The Sex Slave Murders
“A model of exposition not to be missed by anyone interested in the annals of American criminal behavior.” –Jim Ingraham, Ph.D., professor emeritus of American Studies at Bryant University on The Pickaxe Killers
“R. Barri Flowers always relates an engrossing story.” –Robert Scott, true crime author on The Sex Slave Murders
“Striking, well-written tales sparkle in this ocean of murder.” –Diane Fanning, true crime author on Masters of True Crime
“Exhaustively researched, each storyteller brings their own unique prose to these pages, creating what will soon become a true crime classic.” –Kevin M. Sullivan, true crime author on Masters of True Crime
“This book should be a mandatory purchase and read for any true-crime buff.” —Steven A. Egger, PhD, associate professor on Masters of True Crime
“Incredible cases, psychopathic killers, unwitting victims, along with the very best writers, make for an exciting, no-holds-barred, soon-to-be true-crime classic.” —Dan Zupansky, host of True Murder on Masters of True Crime
“An indispensable sourcebook for anyone interested in American homicide, from law-enforcement professionals to armchair criminologists.” —Harold Schechter, true crime historian on The Dynamics of Murder
“Vivid case studies of murder to complement this well researched criminology text.”—Scott Bonn, Ph.D., criminology professor on The Dynamics of Murder
R. Barri Flowers is an award winning criminologist and bestselling author of more than seventy books, including true crime, criminology, thriller fiction, and young adult mysteries. True crime titles include The Sex Slave Murders 1 and 2, The Pickaxe Killers, Murder at the Pencil Factory, Killers of the Lonely Hearts, Dead at the Saddleworth Moor, and Masters of True Crime.
Fiction titles include mysteries and thrillers, Before He Kills Again, Dark Streets of Whitechapel, Fractured Trust, Murder in Maui, Murder in Honolulu, State’s Evidence, and Justice Served.
Young adult fiction includes Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter, Danger in Time, Ghost Girl in Shadow Bay, Out for Blood, and Summer at Paradise Ranch.
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