The Boy Outside the Box….and the Basement

Tales from the Dark Side

You’re familiar, of course, with the sad tale of America’s Unknown Child, aka The Boy in the Box. His body was found in an illegal dumpsite on Susquehanna Road, Philedalphia, inside a J  C HeadPenney cardboard box that once held a baby’s bassinet. The child had been beaten and tortured to death. So damaged was his face with scars and bruises that in order to publish it on a poster, seeking knowledge as to his identity, a professional photographer had to retouch the picture to make the child recognizable. And to avoid offending the public. I’ve blogged about this case. The enclosed picture is the actual appearance of the little boy, although it is difficult to see all of the bruises to his face due to the poor quality of the photograph.

David Pelzer
This boy, David Pelzer, lived not literally in a box, but figuratively. He was one…

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