He delegated Heady to go to the Catholic school attended by Bobby Greenlease and bring the boy home to see his supposedly sick mother. To this day, no one knows and dead mob bosses tell no tales. Soeur Morand suggested that Heady say a prayer while she went to fetch Bobby. Clean, cool, even clinical in its efforts to fathom a tale of unconscionable destruction. However, beyond that much of the book reads like entries from a calendar or appointment book ~ i. Costello in turn contacted his friend, corrupt St. As Heady made her way to the chapel, a nun who had been cleaning the hallway happened by and thought the visitor seemed unfamiliar with the school.
Heidenry neatly tells this harrowing tale and its impact on all involved. The investigating officers stole most of the ransom money, framed one of their criminal associates for the theft, and got away with it. There is considerable background on both of the perps, particularly on Hall, so that the reader gets a feel for the kind of people they were. Louis, half of the ransom was lost and never recovered. I feel both books come up somewhat short in explaining the unfortunate events of this case. By that time, little Bobby Greenlease was stone cold in his grave and a fickle America had turned back to its Post-War boom.
Other reviewers are right; this is a pretty dry, unimaginative retelling of the Greenlease kidnapping. His plan was to strangle his young hostage right away. The cabbie, figuring that the befogged Hall would be an easy mark, contacted his boss, cab company owner and small time mobster, Joseph Costello. It's set between Hyde Park, Mission Hills and St. Kansas City Noir A granite obelisk stands in the cemetery of Trading Post, the oldest continuously occupied settlement in Kansas, about seventy-five miles south of Kansas City near the Missouri border. Louis mob boss Joe Costello. To this day, no one knows and dead mob bosses tell no tales.
Kicking and screaming, he fought back furiously, but Hall managed to keep the boy within his grasp. Louis and am familiar with the locations mentioned, but also because I found fascinating the presentation of the extreme and continuing stupidity of a not very bright man, who had somehow managed obtain a large amount of money, attempting to operate while in a drug and alcohol induced haze. It was a strange experience to know the actual moment a person died and I thought a lot about it. I can remember how I felt about it at the time. In 1953, six-year-old Bobby Greenlease, the son of a wealthy Kansas City automobile dealer and his wife, was kidnapped from his Roman Catholic elementary school by a woman named Bonnie Heady, a well-scrubbed prostitute who was posing as one of his distant aunts. Harsh, chilling, lurid, and gripping.
At the time Bobby Greenlease was murdered, I was a 9 year old kid in a Catholic school in St. At the intersection of Highway 69 and 95th Street, also known as Lenexa East Road, Hall turned in to 95th. On one occasion he instructed the representatives by phone to make a call from a specific hotel pay phone. Another nun, Soeur Alphonsina, also passed by, thought Heady did not at all resemble Mrs. There was nothing in any of them to identify with.
Hall and Heady consume a staggering amount of liquor before, during and after their crime. I called Kindle Support, my account was credited and book removed from my Kindle , but that's hardly the point. It's great for anyone who wants to know the facts of the case, but as pure entertainment it's lacking. Hall was waiting for them in the station wagon when they arrived at the drugstore parking lot. I liked this but it doesn't quite give the reader a full feel for the people involved. The book also benefits from the era's swift justice system: The kidnapping and murder occur on September 28, 1953, and Missouri puts Hall and Heady in its gas chamber together on December 18 of the same year.
Still I love true crime and this is a really well researched book. Heady and Hall after their arrest John Heidenry was a child in his native St. As Hall and Heady watched, an elderly man named Robert Greenlease drove up in his brand-new blue Cadillac, as he unfailingly did every school-day morning, and dropped off his six-year-old son, Bobby. This gripping book recounts the deed, the subsequent killing of little Bobby briefly-it does not dwell on this sad tale , and the eventual capture of two privileged people, Bonnie Heady and Carl Hall, gone bad. Considering the time we live in, I thought it strange that such a long forgotten crime was so notoriously remembered even in the city where it took place.
Bobby, though he had never seen Heady before, walked out of the school holding her hand. Bobby, perhaps growing suspicious that two people he did not know had brought him to such a lonely place, reacted violently when Hall tried to slip the rope around his neck. Her accomplice, Carl Austin Hall, a former playboy who had run through his inheritance and was just out of the Missouri State Penitentiary, was waiting in the getaway car with a gun, a length of rope and a plastic tarp. Her accomplice, Carl Austin Hall, a former playboy who had run through his inheritance and was just out of the Missouri State Penitentiary, was waiting in the getaway car with a gun, a length of rope and a plastic tarp. The author of this book states boldly in the afterword that as a child his father took him on a search for the ransom, and I felt that the ransom still held sway in his mind throughout the book. Heady and Hall were apprehended quickly, convicted and executed in … In 1953, six-year-old Bobby Greenlease, the son of a wealthy Kansas City automobile dealer and his wife, was kidnapped from his Roman Catholic elementary school by a woman named Bonnie Heady, a well-scrubbed prostitute who was posing as one of his distant aunts.
In a bone-chilling account of kidnapping, murder and the dogged pursuit of a child's killers, John Heidenry crafts a haunting narrative that involves mob boss Joe Costello, a cast of unsavory grifters, hardboiled detectives and a room at the legendary, but now razed, Coral Court Motel on Route 66. Did it end up with the mob via Joe Costello? Then he went to a hardware store to buy a 50-pound bag of lime and a shovel. During his stay in prison, Hall had completed his transformation into a hardened criminal, and whiled away the hours fantasizing about committing the perfect crime—the ultimate get-rich-quick scheme—that would enable him to retire to the wealthy community of La Jolla, California, and build a house with a circular bed that overlooked the Pacific Ocean. Did it end up with the mob via Joe Costello? Heady and Bobby got into the front seat with Hall and they drove off, heading west on Westport Road to State Line Road, then south into Kansas to Highway 50 and west to Highway 69, skirting through Overland Park. Heady took Bobby from his Catholic school, claiming to be his aunt and that his mother had had a heart attack.