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Author: David Wilson Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781494589783
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Twelve-year-old Marion Parker was kidnapped from her Los Angeles school by an unknown assailant on December 15, 1927. Her body was found days later, delivered to her father by the killer, who fled with the ransom money. When William Hickman was hunted down and charged with the killing, he admitted to all of it, in terrifying detail, but that was only the start . . .

His insanity plea was the first of its kind in the history of California, and the nature of the crime led to a media frenzy unlike any the country had seen up to that point. Hickman's lawyers argued that their client lived in a fantasy world, inspired by movies, unable to tell right from wrong. The movie industry scrambled to protect its exploding popularity (and profits) from ruinous publicity. Outside of the courtroom, a country grew starved for every awful detail, and the media was only too happy to feed that hunger.

David Wilson, a private investigator for over thirty years, captures the maelstrom of Marion Parker's death in vivid detail. From the crime itself to the manhunt that followed, from the unprecedented trial to its aftermath, Wilson draws the listener in to the birth of the celebrity criminal. Download and start listening now!

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  • In an in-depth look at a shocking crime and landmark case, David Wilson lays bare a time in our early mass media history when society is often presented as being safer and more peaceful, showing that the "peace" of that time had more to do with our inability to know our neighbors and their lives behind closed doors. Anthony Flacco, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

David Wilson, teacher, scholar, and conductor, is professor emeritus of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In addition, he is artistic director/conductor emeritus of the Long Beach Bach Festival and the Camerata Singers of Long Beach. A graduate of the University of the Pacific and University of Illinois, he also studied conducting at the Berkshire Music Festival in Tanglewood, Massachusetts, and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. As a recognized expert in eighteenth-century music, Dr. Wilson has conducted hundreds of works of Bach, Handel, and their contemporaries.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.