20. BOBBY DUNBAR
“The disappearance of Bobby Dunbar. In 1912 his parents took him fishing on a lake in Louisiana and he went missing. Police searched for him for 8 months, and finally found a man named William Cantwell Walters who was traveling with a boy that resembled Bobby Dunbar. Walter’s claimed the boy was the son of a friend who had given him custody, and that the child’s name was Bruce Anderson not Bobby Dunbar. Investigators and positive ID from the parents determined this was actually the Dunbar’s child and gave custody over to them. The town had a parade for Bobby Dunbar’s return.
During the trial with the Dunbar’s and Walters a woman named Julia Anderson came to defend Walters, asserting this was her son Bruce and she had given Walters custody—the courts dismissed her because she had three children out of wedlock (it was 1912) and two were already deceased. The trial being in Mississippi, and her being a very poor woman from North Carolina, she gave up on fighting the case.
Then, 9 years ago in 2008 one of ‘Bobby Dunbar’s’ granddaughters had a DNA test done. She compared her grandfather’s DNA to his owns brothers. They were not related.”