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Episode 36: Missing Bobby Dunbar

In the summer of 1912, a four year old boy went missing while his family was camping near a Louisiana resort area. The day Bobby Dunbar disappeared was the day the lives of three families would be turned upside down. And it would take almost 100 years to find answers to the questions that hung over these families for generations.

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Dunbar Family on the front steps of their home in Opelousas in 1914. L-R: Clarence Percy Dunbar, Alonzo Dunbar, Bobby (or Bruce Anderson) Dunbar and Lessie W. Dunbar. (Photo: Opelousas Tales Facebook Page)

Episode Sources
A Case For Solomon: Bobby Dunbar And The Kidnapping That Haunted A Nation by Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright
The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar Documentary Aired on This American Life in 2008
The Bizarre Kidnapping Mystery That Stunned the 1910s South. Mental Floss. December 2017
The Case of Bobby Dunbar (Three Part Series). Providentia
DNA clears man of 1914 kidnapping conviction. USA Today. 5 May 2004

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Photo on left was distributed by Dunbars at time Bobby Dunbar disappeared. Photo on left is the boy Dunbars claimed was Bobby and took home in 1913. What do you think? Is the one on the right Bobbie or Bruce Anderson?

Music
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Background Music: “Bring Me Your Sorrows”, “Concentration”, “Relaxing Piano Music”, “Evening Fall Harp”, “Organic Meditations 3″, Almost F in Tranquility” by Kevin MacLeod. “Gloomy Night” by Marwan Nimra and “I am a man who will fight for your honor” by Chris Zabriskie All music Licensed Under Creative Commons


A depiction from a 1914 newspaper with the original heading: Are These Pictures of The Same Boy? with the description under the photos: (left) Bobbie Dunbar before he disappeared (right) The boy found and whom two mothers claim (Photo: Public Domain)
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The child raised as Bobby Dunbar standing in front of a car. (Photo: Public Domain)
William Cantwell Walters
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