Nampa, Idaho: Golden Rule Press, 1931. First edition. Stapled, yellow wrappers (5” x 7 ½”), 16 pp., photograph. Light wear and dust-soiling to wrappers, bottom corner creased, VG. None others in commerce (March, 2019) and only one copy located in WorldCat at Northwest Nazarene Univ. in Nampa, Idaho. Scarce.
From an address delivered in “twenty states before audiences often numbering from 1500 to 2000 people, in churches, camp-meetings, and colleges” concerning the gruesome kidnapping and mutilation of 12-year-old Marion Parker by William Edward Hickman in 1927. “The Los Angeles Times” called it “the most horrible crime of the 1920s.” The evangelist Dr. A. S. London used Hickman’s crime as a scared straight lecture and attributed Hickman’s crime to his broken, non-Christian home, his education, his failure to understand consequences and his general boredom or lack of direction. London was often hired to increase Sunday School attendance of area churches and often used crime statistics to demonstrate the need for more Sunday School activities. Item #06453