May 5 - 1933: Harwich's Buck brothers caught in Cape Cod kidnapping

All of $60,000 ransom Found in Kenneth Buck's Home
Kidnappers Kenneth and Cyril Buck - Brothers convicted of kidnapping 10-year-old Peggy McMath, granddaughter of the noted engineer and astronomer Francis Charles McMath. Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library

1933: Harwich brothers caught in Cape kidnapping

On this day, a rather lengthy headline in the New York Times read:

TWO HELD IN McMATH CASE
Kenneth Buck, Cape Codder, led Plot; Brother, Cyril, Go-Between.

BOTH IN DEAL ON BOAT
'Break' Follows Grilling Through Friday Night - All of Ransom Found in Kenneth's Home.

GIRL A CAPTIVE IN HUT
Abductor's Confession Given Out by State Police - Money Obtained From Detroit.

KIDNAPPERS SEIZED;
$60,000 RECOVERED

The story began:

HARWICHPORT, Mass. -- Two brothers, Kenneth and Cyril Buck, were under arrest tonight charged with the kidnapping of Margaret McMath, 10, from a school house here Tuesday.

The $60,000 ransom they obtained from her father, Neil C. McMath, for the child's return was recovered. 

The story went on to say that one of the brothers, Kenneth, 28, had worked for the 10-year-old girl's father and thought up the plan with his 41-year-old brother Cyril who operated a garage in an old barn in West Harwich.

The kidnapping received huge attention worldwide as it came just one year after what has been called "the crime of the century", the Lindbergh baby kidnapping of March 1932.

See the story below.  Click the image below to see the original NY Times story.

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