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Son of a Grifter: Growing Up with Sante and Kenny Kimes: The Twisted Tale of the Most Notorious Con Artists in America Kent Walker

Son of a Grifter: Growing Up with Sante and Kenny Kimes: The Twisted Tale of the Most Notorious Con Artists in America

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, an Oedipal team of scam artists who left aMoreIn 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, an Oedipal team of scam artists who left a trail of blood, lies, and larceny from coast to coast. The media couldnt 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, Santes elder son, reveals how he survived forty years of the Dragon Ladys 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 Kents 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 Kents mother and stepfather indulged in a globetrotting orgy of criminal behavior, laying waste to each other and anyone who got in the way. Kent, their would-be recruit, was privvy to the family business -- torching houses, defrauding friends, crashing White House parties, shopping for trunkloads of fur coats -- and Santes self-serving style of adultery. When Kents half-brother, Kenny was born, Kent was twelve years old -- old enough to know that he was his younger siblings only protector. Kent tried desperately to save Kenny from his mothers sinister bidding. His failure haunts him to this day.Here, with shocking and sometimes brutal frankness, Kent explodes the romantic Hollywood image of the grifter as antihero and exposes the truth about SanteKimes behind the headlines. Sone of a Grifter poignantly chronicles what it means to love somebody despite your better instincts, your worst fears, and even your most forbidden hopes.Read by Kent Walker