Loss of Innocence

In 1956, there was a kidnapping case that frightened the nation–Peter Weinberger, a one-month-old baby, was kidnapped from his home on Long Island. Until this time, the most notorious kidnapping had been the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. That case involved an extortionist who demanded money. This child was not from a well-to-do family and caused families to begin locking doors they had trustingly left open in the past. An entire country lost its sense of security. Likewise, 9-11 marked another loss of innocence when the Twin Towers were brought down by terrorists. Until then, the United States had felt in large part immune to the threat of terrorism. How did they get in? How soon would they strike again? Screening at airports was immediately tightened and once again innocence was lost, and people realized that nothing would ever be quite the same.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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