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Son of a Grifter

The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America



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Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America by Kent Walker
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In 1988 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion. Suddenly, America was transfixed by a pair of real-life film noir characters. The media couldn't get enough of the twisted relationship between Sante Kimes and her twenty-three-year-old son Kenny. But the most chilling story of all was never told--until now. Kent Walker, Sante's elder son, reveals how he survived forty years of "the Dragon Lady's" very special brand of motherly love and still managed to get away. As a child Kent watched his mother destroy his hardworking father, Ed Walker, and then--with Kent's painful collusion--snare what Sante called "my millionaire." When she married seemingly respectable real-estate developer Ken Kimes, it was a match made in hell. For the next two decades Kent's mother and stepfather indulged in a globetrotting orgy of criminal behaviour.Kent, their would-be recruit, was privy to the family business--torching houses, defrauding friends, crashing White When Kent's half-brother, Kenny was born, Kent was twelve years old--old enough to know that he was his younger sibling's only protector. Kent tried desperately to save Kenny from his mother's sinister bidding. His failure haunts him to this day.

Author Biography

Kent Walker lives with his wife and three children in Califormia. Mark Schone, a veteran investigative reporter and senior writer at Spin magazine, has contributed to Harpers Bazaar, Us, George, New York, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, the New York Observer, Salon, and the New York Times. Kent Walker lives in California with his wife and children. Mark Schone, an investigative reporter and senior writer at Spin, has contributed articles to the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, and other publications. He lives in New York City.
Release date NZ
May 23rd, 2002
Country of Publication
United States
New edition
Avon Books
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