Zero at the Bone: The Playboy, the Prostitute, and the Murder of Bobby Greenlease

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"Heidenry delivers a lean, mean account of an infamous 1953 kidnapping and murder. . . . Harsh, chilling, lurid, and gripping."--"Kirkus Reviews""This true crime caper by Heidenry ("The Gashouse Gang") of a 1953 Kansas child kidnapping gone bad carries a solid punch. The young victim, Bobby Greenlease, the six-year-old heir of wealthy businessman Robert Greenlease, never had a chance when Carl Austin Hall and Bonnie Heady--both formerly wealthy ne'er-do-wells making one last stab at making their fortune--botched the snatch and demanded a ransom of $600,000, the largest ever in U.S. history up to that time. Heady took Bobby from his Catholic school, claiming to be his aunt and that his mother had had a heart attack. Bobby inexplicably went quietly with the strange woman and met his violent end. Heidenry, a contributing editor to the Week, aptly describes Hall, the down-on-his-luck playboy; Heady, the former horsewoman turned prostitute; Robert Greenlease, the woeful car magnate; and a sordid cast of supporting players, including coldhearted mobster Joe Costello and the two corrupt cops who stole much of the ransom. Heidenry neatly tells this harrowing tale and its impact on all involved."--"Publishers Weekly"

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In this riveting account, John Heidenry crafts a haunting narrative of the 1953 kidnapping and murder of Bobby Greenlease by two grifiters. Bobby, son of Robert Greenlease, a wealthy automobile dealer, turned up in a geranium patch with a bullet in his head after the $600,000 ransom - the highest U.S. ransom ever paid up to that point - was met. The kidnappers were Carl Austin Hall and Bonnie Heady. Hall inherited $200,000 at the end of WWII, losing it all in six years, and spent more than a year in the Missouri State prison. After his release he met Heady, an alcoholic supporting herself as a prostitute. When they met it was like rubbing two flints together. Little did they know that mobster Joe Costello would steal half the ransom and that they would both be executed, strapped together in the gas chamber. Like a combination of "True Confessions" and the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey, John Heidenry has written a story of grifters and stalwart citizens of the American heartland that has all the lurid detail of the greatest film noir classics.

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ISBN 10:  0312641966 ISBN 13:  9780312641962
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