Rediscovered: More on Alice Speed Stoll

Speed StollA year ago, this very month, our Guest Blogger veteran Terry Zobeck explored the references to real life kidnappings in various incarnations of the Hammett story “Death and Company” — which included the 1934 Alice Speed Stoll caper.

Just got a note from Steven Key Meyers, who tells me, “As it happens, my 2011 book All That Money (and, yes, I filched the title from Hammett) was inspired by the Stoll kidnapping.”

You can read a couple of chapters on his website, plus I see that the kidnapper did part of his stretch on no less than Alcatraz. Big case in that era — Meyers mentions that the “New York Times alone carried more than a hundred stories about it.”

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