Thursday, May 06, 2004

Something's Amiss
In 1914, William Cantwell Walters was convicted of kidnapping a 4-year-old boy. Nine decades later, science has cleared his name.

A DNA test indicates that the child police found with Walters years ago was not the missing boy, Bobby Dunbar. More than likely, he was the illegitimate son of Walters' brother and a servant living with Walters' parents.

Dunbar disappeared August 23, 1912, during a fishing trip on Swayze Lake near Opelousas. After a massive eight-month search, Walters, an itinerant handyman, was arrested in Mississippi while traveling in a tented wagon with a boy who fit Bobby's description.[Nitpicker emphasis]
The 'court' must have thought something amiss at the time as the conviction was overturned. My problem is this ... We're not talking about a newborn baby or the kidnapping of a small child who was not located for many years (the 4 year-old was found after an 8-month search). My kids didn't change enough between the ages of 4 and 5 that I wouldn't have been able to recognize them. What gives? It shouldn't have taken DNA analyses and nine decades to definitively demonstrate they had the wrong boy and, therefore, the wrong man.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dunbars were well to do and the mother was devasted and wanted a chikd any child. I think the courts also decided that the Dunbars would be better parents that Julia.

- a Walters who has always known the truth

2:29 PM  

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