4 Jun 1938 (Evening), p. 1, col. 6
FATHER FEELS CHILD IS DEAD
But Has Faith Persons Who Kidnaped His Son Will Be Caught
PRINCETON, Fla., June 4, AP – Wearied, grief-ridden James Bailey Cash, Sr., said today he was resigned to the death of his only child but convinced the kidnap-slayers would be caught.
Cash, his shoulders bent by fatigue and his eyes bloodshot from sleepless nights, appeared on the porch of his home to express to reporters his thanks to the 2,000 persons who hunted fruitlessly for the blond five-year-old boy snatched from his bedroom last Saturday.
Asked if he thought the case would be solved, he said:
“I expect a break within the next week or ten days,” he said.
The stricken father said Mrs. Cash still was under a physician’s care but was “some better.”
With the baffling case entering routine phases of investigation, most of the 2,000 persons who tramped in vain over 120 square miles of territory bordering the Everglades returned to their homes.
The fleet of boats which cruised along the coast and through canals dispersed. Divers who sought clues at the bottom of creeks and water-filled quarries turned to other tasks.
But the squad of federal agents headed by J. Edgar Hoover worked on every lead, mindful of the fact almost a week had passed since the Cash boy was stolen from his bed last Saturday night.
Agents continued to question a number of person — Hoover called “voluntary witnesses” – at federal bureau of investigation headquarters in Miami. Hoover said no one had been charged with the crime.
This case made national headlines in 1938, with the FBI assuming control over the investigation the day before this article appeared. Ten days later, Franklin Pierce McCall was indicted by a federal grand jury and pleads guilty. He is executed in February the following year under the “Lindbergh Law,” which made kidnapping for ransom a capital offense. You can read more about it here and here.
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