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Exchange Exemplar: Why A Guy Went To The Trouble Of Stealing Dead Birds

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The joint was carefully cased. The crime was committed, the goods taken away, the thief vanished into the night.

With 300 dead birds. Not the corpses, but the plumage; that was the goal. This unusual crime is examined in the book The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century.

Kirk Wallace Johnson wrote the book and joined us for this interview in 2018.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.