On February 25, 1957, the nude, badly bruised body of a young boy was found in a cardboard box in trash-strewn woods of north Philadelphia. Posters of the “Boy in the Box” soon dotted the city and police stations nationwide—to no avail. In November 1998 the remains were exhumed for DNA analysis, and the boy was reburied as “America's Unknown Child.”
David Stout, a veteran journalist with the New York Times, is currently a reporter for the paper's Washington, DC, bureau. He is the author of three novels, including the Edgar Award–winning mystery Carolina Skeletons. He is also the author of Night of the Devil, about the slaying of two policemen in Lodi, New Jersey.