Stolen From the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper
William Swanson is the author of Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson and Black White Blue: The Assassination of Patrolman Sackett.
tavern, he calls Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Kent at the house. He tells Kent that he has completed the payout run and left the second car in Bloomington, providing the address of the Holiday store. Then he calls a friend, Newell Weed, and asks to be picked up at the tavern and driven home. The reporters gathered at the foot of his driveway won’t know Newt’s car, so he can pull up to the house without attracting a lot of attention. Then Bobby has a second thought. When Weed picks
Bobby there are several agents watching the lot, and asks him to please go home. For the first time since she arrived in the woods God knows how long ago now, Ginny’s fear is curdling into something like panic. The men have gone, vanished into the darkness with that odd, mocking call, and she is certain that they are not coming back. In a curious way, she felt safer when one of them—“Alabama” or “Tom” or whatever his name might be—was close by. He was guarding her, of course, but assuming she
ransom, the SLA declares, is several million dollars in donated groceries for the Bay Area poor. In March, much closer to home, another Twin Cities businessman’s wife is abducted. A pair of masked men grab forty-six-year-old Eunice Kronholm while she scrapes frost off her car’s windshield outside her suburban St. Paul home. Her husband, South St. Paul bank president Gunnar Kronholm, promptly pays the $200,000 demanded by her kidnappers. Three days later, she puts on her coat and walks out of the
that Larson was responsible for the much more complicated tasks of planting the three sets of directions, shadowing Bobby, and transferring the money from the Monte Carlo to another car. Why, Harry wonders, would the abduction’s mastermind decide to spend a day and a half in the woods and leave the more challenging and important jobs to his not-so-bright associate? Would Callahan trust Larson to do all that? Harry doesn’t think so. For the time being, however, he keeps his opinions to himself.
Pete Neumann, and Assistant US Attorney Thor Anderson, who tried the case. Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune/Minneapolis–St. Paul 2014 This time the jury comprises eight women and four men, the reverse of its composition during the first trial. Ginny is fifty-six. The toll that the past seven years have taken is not readily visible. The white (or “silver,” or “platinum”) hair is still what you notice first, but her film-star face and stylish attire are those of a middle-aged woman who has taken good