Defy All the Devils by Norman Zierold audiobook

Defy All the Devils: America’s First Kidnapping for Ransom

By Norman Zierold
Read by Paul Boehmer

Blackstone Publishing 9781504050883
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The “fascinating, hair-raising, suspenseful” account of a little boy abducted in broad daylight and the desperate manhunt to find him (New York Times Book Review) On July 1, 1874, four-year-old Charley Ross and his older brother, Walter, were playing in front of their stately Philadelphia home when a horse-drawn carriage pulled up with two men who offered candy and fireworks if the boys would ride with them. Hours later, Walter came back, stating that they had ridden through the city until the men abandoned him in the street but kept Charley. Soon after, their father, Christian K. Ross, received a demand for $20,000 in return for his son. Ross went to the police for help—and before long, the case became a national phenomenon. A popular song pleaded for the boy’s safe return. The Philadelphia police searched every home in the city, and thousands of people falsely reported that they had seen Charley or knew his whereabouts. Meanwhile, the kidnappers’ ransom letters were becoming more threatening and bizarre. The press, eager to fan the flames of hysteria, printed wholly fabricated stories and even accused Christian Ross of orchestrating the whole thing in order to hide the fact that Charley was illegitimate. And then the men who took Charley went silent … This is the chilling true story of a crime that transfixed a still-growing America, the unlikely series of events that produced the case’s most tantalizing clues, and the tragic twist of fate that plunged the Ross family back into darkness and haunted them for decades to come. Originally published as Little Charley Ross

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The “fascinating, hair-raising, suspenseful” account of a little boy abducted in broad daylight and the desperate manhunt to find him (New York Times Book Review)

On July 1, 1874, four-year-old Charley Ross and his older brother, Walter, were playing in front of their stately Philadelphia home when a horse-drawn carriage pulled up with two men who offered candy and fireworks if the boys would ride with them.

Hours later, Walter came back, stating that they had ridden through the city until the men abandoned him in the street but kept Charley. Soon after, their father, Christian K. Ross, received a demand for $20,000 in return for his son.

Ross went to the police for help—and before long, the case became a national phenomenon. A popular song pleaded for the boy’s safe return. The Philadelphia police searched every home in the city, and thousands of people falsely reported that they had seen Charley or knew his whereabouts. Meanwhile, the kidnappers’ ransom letters were becoming more threatening and bizarre. The press, eager to fan the flames of hysteria, printed wholly fabricated stories and even accused Christian Ross of orchestrating the whole thing in order to hide the fact that Charley was illegitimate.

And then the men who took Charley went silent …

This is the chilling true story of a crime that transfixed a still-growing America, the unlikely series of events that produced the case’s most tantalizing clues, and the tragic twist of fate that plunged the Ross family back into darkness and haunted them for decades to come.

Originally published as Little Charley Ross

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Suspense, melodrama, pathos, even humor are contained in this bittersweet fascinator.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Zierold has done for kidnapping what Truman Capote did for murder.” Philadelphia Inquirer

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Author Bio: Norman Zierold

Author Bio: Norman Zierold

Norman Zierold was born and raised in southeast Iowa. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he graduated from Harvard University and earned a master’s degree in English literature at the University of Iowa. Zierold taught English in France, and then moved to New York City, where he worked for Theatre Arts Magazine and SHOW magazine before becoming a full-time writer. His eight books include four histories of Old Hollywood—The Child Stars (1965), The Moguls (1969), Garbo (1970), and Sex Goddesses of the Silent Screen (1973)—and two acclaimed works of true crime—Little Charley Ross (1967) and Three Sisters in Black (1968), an Edgar Award finalist. Zierold’s most recent book, That Reminds Me: A Conversational Memoir, was published in 2013.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 11.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English