Adoption: The Making of Me. An Oral History of Adoptee Stories

Paul: A Kidnapping, An Adoption, A Lost Twin: One man's Quest for the Truth

April 04, 2023 Louise Browne & Sarah Reinhardt Season 3 Episode 19
Adoption: The Making of Me. An Oral History of Adoptee Stories
Paul: A Kidnapping, An Adoption, A Lost Twin: One man's Quest for the Truth
Show Notes

When he was ten years old, Paul Fronczak was snooping around for Christmas presents in a crawl space in his family’s Chicago home. There, he found hundreds of old newspaper clippings about the kidnapping of a one-day-old infant in a hospital in 1964. He also learned that, two years later, the boy was found and returned to his family—and that the boy was him.

Nearly fifty years later, Paul, acting on long-held suspicions, took a DNA test that proved he was not the kidnapped boy. In an instant, his world changed.

He found out that not only was he adopted, but he was adopted with a history that wasn’t his. It was the history of their real son, Paul. The Fronczaks had to adopt him merely for paperwork, believing he was their biological son. Now he realizes that he was truly adopted. He wasn’t their son. He wasn’t Paul. He was an adoptee. 

Also in this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Megan Culhane Galbraith's "The Guild of the Infant Saviour".

The Foundling: The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me 

True Identity: Cracking the Oldest Kidnapping Cold Case and Finding My Missing Twin 


If you'd like to read along with Sarah and Louise, go here:  https://www.amazon.com/Guild-Infant-Saviour-Adopted-Machete/dp/0814257917

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