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The Boys

Who Went Missing

Minneapolis, Nov. 13 (AP) - A frantic hunt for three small boys, missing since Saturday, today overshadowed the workday pursuits of the more than half a million Minneapolis residents. Kenneth Klein Jr., 8, and his two brothers, David, 6, and Daniel 4, simply dropped from sight, leaving only wraithlike traces. Saturday November 10, 1951, was a mild November day in Minneapolis. It was nice enough that at 1:30 p.m., three of the Klein brothers (Kenneth, David, and Daniel) walked out of their north Minneapolis home located at 2931 Colfax Avenue N, to play at nearby Fairview Park. They were never seen again. What happened that day still remains a mystery: The only thing we know for sure is that the boys never came home. Very few clues and varied eyewitness accounts led the Minneapolis Police Department to guess what happened to the boys, but their parents feared something much darker had happened. 26 MPLSzine // MYSTERY

Newspaper reports say the Klein family lived in a modest home in north Minneapolis only a few blocks from Fairview Park. The Kleins had four children at the time, oldest brother Gordon, age 9, and Kenneth Jr., age 8, followed by the two youngest sons, David, age 6, and Daniel, age 4. Their father, Kenneth Klein, Sr., worked for Northland Milk Company, and mother Betty took care of the family and was expecting their fifth child soon. In 1951 the United States was going through a post-war "baby boom,� Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger was published, I Love Lucy made its television debut, and America was transfixed by the espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Kids ran home to watch Howdy Doody, their Republican parents said "I Like Ike," and Perry Como, Tony Bennet and Nat King Cole ruled the radio airwaves. But lost among all this well known history is that on Saturday November 10, 1951, three little boys in Minneapolis went to play at a park and vanished.

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