Zack and I are co-authors of The Kidnapping and Murder of Little Skeegie Cash: J. Edgar Hoover and Florida’s Lindbergh Case. This poignant true tale is set in rural Florida in the late 1930s. Within a few months of the execution of Skeegie's killer, World War II erupted in all its tragic fury and the Cash case was largely forgotten.
Zack and I researched 4,000 pages from the original FBI files. We were also able to obtain nearly a thousand pages of court documents, beginning with the trial of Franklin Pierce McCall, his appeals, and his execution. We also gained access to a previously unknown archive of material about the local sheriff who fingered the suspect.
The kidnapping and murder of James Bailey “Skeegie” Cash, Jr. lead to tragic consequences for all involved—except J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI had nearly run out of money and Hoover needed a successful case that would pressure politicians to allocate additional funding. He found his case in the kidnapping of Skeegie. In his usual head-on, bullying style, Hoover flew down to the swamps of south Florida and turned disaster into a victory for himself and the Bureau.
Zack and I would like to invite everyone to purchase this book and read it. It would also make a great gift for the crime reader in your family. (NOTE: While the book is well-researched, it is written in a readable dramatic true crime style.)