Book Review: Boy In The Box

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Title: The Boy In The Box

Author: David Stout

Publisher: Lyons Press

Genre: True Crime

Format: Paperback

Source: Library

Pages: 272

Rating: 5 stars


On February 25, 1957, the nude, badly bruised body of a young boy was found in a cardboard box in trash-strewn woods of north Philadelphia. Posters of the “Boy in the Box” soon dotted the city and police stations nationwide—to no avail. In November 1998 the remains were exhumed for DNA analysis, and the boy was reburied as “America’s Unknown Child.”

This is a  riveting true account of the infamous child-murder mystery that has gripped Philadelphia and all of America for more than 50 years.

My Review:

This is a true story of a crime that has never been solved. It’s unthinkable really! How can someone dispose of a child so heartlessly? The poor unnamed child must of lived such a horrible existence until his untimely death.

The officers assigned to this case lived, and breathed this case. It was not just a job to them. This case haunted them in some ways. They never gave up and wanted to not only find out the identity of the boy but find his parents and who left him in the box.

I’m surprised the case was never solved. I find it impossible that no one ever mentioned a connection the case to someone. Secrets always have a way of coming to light.

I hope someday, somehow the case is finally solved. I’m sure by now the perpetrator is very elderly or deceased. It would be nice just to have the case closed though and the boy to have his identity revealed.

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