Author Event – The Baby Thief
The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption. Book by Barabara Bisantz Raymond. Presented by Adoption Network. The story, first told by Barbara Raymond in a magazine article that inspired a 60 Minutes feature, was shocking. Georgia Tann, nationally lauded for arranging adoptions out of her childrens home in Memphis, Tennessee, was actually a baby seller who terrorized poor, often unwed mothers by stealing their children and selling them to wealthy clients like actors Joan Crawford and Dick Powell. Protected by political boss Ed Crump, Tann sold over 5,000 children. To cover her crimes, Tann falsified adoptees birth certificates, sealing their true identities and issuing new ones that portrayed adoptive parents as birth parents. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.