Free Reading Disappearing Ink: The Insider, the FBI, and the Looting of the Kenyon College Library –

Like Many Aspiring Writers, David Breithaupt Had Money Problems But What He Also Had Was Unsupervised Access To One Of The Finest Special Collections Libraries In The Country In October , Kenyon College Hired David Breithaupt As Its Library S Part Time Evening Supervisor In April He Was Fired After A Georgia Librarian Discovered Him Selling A Letter By Flannery O Connor On EBay, But That Was Only The Tip Of The Iceberg For The Past Years, Breithaupt Had Been Browsing The Collection, Taking From It Whatever Rare Books, Manuscripts, And Documents Caught His Eye Flannery O Connor Letters, WH Auden Annotated Typescripts, A Thomas Pynchon Manuscript, And Much, Much It Was A Large Scale, Long Term Pillaging Of Kenyon College S Most Precious Works After He Was Caught, The American Justice System Looked Like It Was About To Disappoint The College The Way It Had Countless Rare Book Crime Victims Before But Kenyon Refused To Let This Happen

5 thoughts on “Disappearing Ink: The Insider, the FBI, and the Looting of the Kenyon College Library

  1. says:

    I have the utmost respect for academic librarians and aspire to be one someday The story of David Breithaupt is unusual in that he is not a common criminal but the victim of this own relationship McDade s crystal clear and concise narrative informs the reader that sometimes we are not dealing with a mastermind but merely a victim of circumstance Breithaupt seems to have been unduly manipulated to engage in rare book larceny When he is finally caught he wasn t living the high life but merely getting by while his significant other, who escaped prosecution, walked away with the lion s share of the book profits.When everything is said and done, you cannot help but feel sorry for this poor misunderstood librarian who was the victim of his own relationship.The book is short and sweet If you are even remotely interested in fine art crime, I would highly recommend this title McDade is an expert in this particular field and I would say this book is an excellent primer demonstrating his gift of true crime storytelling.

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    If you love books, use and respect libraries, and like to read true crime, you ll want to take a look at this fascinating story of a criminal whose life long passion rare books lured him into a life of larceny Professor Travis McDade, the author, is the curator of rare law books at the University of Illinois and a leading expert on crimes against rare books, maps, and manuscripts He is also a member of the Mystery Writers of America, and his book is told with the consummate skill of an experienced crime writer Disappearing Ink isn t exactly a thriller there s no shoot em up and the chase scenes are definitely slo mo But it is a detailed, meticulous study of a major crime and the failures of our justice system I gobbled it down in a day and am reaching right now for another of McDade s books.

  3. says:

    The Bruno Hauptmann of rare books lives This is a grim reminder of broken humanity and betrayed trust in an otherwise peaceful college village and a mortal blow to their own Smithsonian collection.

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this book It s well written and on a topic near and dear to my heart.

  5. says:

    A fascinating and scary situation This should be read by everyone involved with libraries and or with authors estates.