From award-winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the best-selling 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, 12-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 13-year-old Mary Phagan, who was murdered at a pencil factory in Atlanta, and five years later when the 20-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’ best-selling 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.
Murder of the Banker’s Daughter; I thought this was very interesting. The narrator was easy to listen to and it felt as if the story was on a news magazine, like Dateline, instead of a novel. It is also short enough to listen to in a single sitting which is a good thing sometimes. I would recommend this book to someone looking for an interesting short read.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
Fans of true crime stories will love this audiobook by best-selling author and award-winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers.
With her great narration Angel Clark takes the listener back to Los Angeles, California in December 1927, when Marion Parker, a daughter of a well-known banker was picked up from school for a seemingly legitimate purpose. By chance, the twelve year olds sister looked on never guessing that it would be the last time she would see her twin alive…
The details of this abduction and the horrific brutal slaying of this innocent young girl, despite her parents best efforts rocked America.
The manhunt, capture, trial and verdict seized the attention of the public and brought home the vulnerability of the nation’s children.
This is a really interesting short story which I had never heard of before and the author has included extracts from other stories at the end,
Which character – as performed by Angel Clark – was your favorite?
I thought that Angel Clark's narration as very good for this book.