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Polly Klaas
by Barry Bortnick

The Murder of America’s Child

Petaluma, California epitomized small-town American values. Until October 1, 1993, the day Polly Klaass, 12, was abducted from a slumber party in her own home while her mother and younger sister were asleep in the next room. The kidnapping of Polly Klaass tore her family apart … and galvanized a nation. Throughout California, thousands of citizens volunteered to aid police in their search for Polly.

Actress Winona Ryder even posted a $200,000 reward for her safe return. All across America, cities mobilized show their support–and outrage. Finally, after two months, new evidence led investigators to Richard Allen Davis, 39, an ex-con out on parole. After he confessed, David led police to the heavily wooded place where Polly’s mangled body lay—almost fifty miles from her home. Hope was gone. Polly was dead. And a nation mourned.

Based on personal interviews with family members, friends, and crime experts, Polly Klaas is the first complete account of how and why this terrible tragedy occurred, and what we can do to keep it from happening again. 16 pages of dramatic photos!

☞ Product details and how to purchase:
  • Mass Market Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786004088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786004089
  • ASIN: B000NE65LG
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
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