The Alice Parsons Kidnapping
1900 - 1961
Col. Timothy Williams. Uncle, benefactor and legal guardian to Alice McDonell Parsons.
Alice Williams McDonell, mother of Alice McDonell Parsons.
Howard, Alice and Frank Jr. McDonell in an early childhood photo. All three siblings remained close through the years.
Frank McDonell, father of Alice McDonell Parsons.
Alice’s aunt Bessie Williams took over the role of Alice’s mother
Alice McDonell Parsons shortly before her kidnapping.
William H. Parsons Jr. Husband of Alice Parsons.
$25,000 in ransom cash provided by William Parson's brother-in-law Richardson Pratt.
Russian housekeeper Anna Kupryanova.
Anna Kupryanova's 10 year old son Roy.
FBI Inspector E.J. Connelley. He reported directly to J. Edgar Hoover.
Aerial photograph of the Parson's Long Meadow Farm in Stony Brook, NY taken just after the kidnapping.
Ass’t. District Attorney Henry, Inspector Connelley and Chief Bridges reviewing the search map
Alice’s brother, Frank McDonell Jr., became the family spokesperson during the initial investigation.
Col. Williams' Shorelands Estate and the infamous "Sammis" Property.
New York State Police bloodhounds Sappho and Big Red at the Parson's farmhouse for the 1937 search.
The search of Parson's farm continued in 1961 based on an anonymous letter.
Alice reportedly dropped her husband William off at this St. James train station. He claimed he never saw her again.
Historical FBI Documents
Available August 3rd,
*Photographs above courtesy of Christina McDonell, niece of Alice McDonell Parsons, “Marilynitpa” of Websleuths, The Three Village Historical Society and the Author’s personal photograph collection.