[image-1]Subscribing to “This American Life” on iTunes gives me the opportunity to listen when I want to (because I so rarely listen to NPR on the weekend), but it also means that I typically fall weeks behind on episodes.

I just heard a March episode titled “The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar” and had to pass it on. It was such a compelling hour-long episode that I listened to the first half on my way home yesterday and then went inside and listened to the other half.

In 1912 a four year-old boy named Bobby Dunbar went missing in a swamp in Louisiana. Eight months later, he was found in the hands of a wandering handyman in Mississippi. (The picture at left was taken just days later.) In 2004, his granddaughter discovered a secret beneath the legend of her grandfather’s kidnapping, a secret whose revelation would divide her own family, bring redemption to another, and become the answer to a third family’s century-old prayer.