“There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colorless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from the Sherlock Holmes book, A Study in Scarlet.


Robert A. Waters is the author of five true crime books.  His latest, co-written with his award-winning brother Zack, The Kidnapping and Murder of Little Skeegie Cash: J. Edgar Hoover and Florida’s Lindbergh Case, recounts the tragic story of a five-year-old boy snatched from his home in the middle of the night.  The abduction, ransom payment, manhunt, and murder of Skeegie Cash are described in spine-chilling detail.  It was made even more dramatic by the arrival of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and 100 FBI agents in the little backwater Florida town of Princeton.  This true tale was unknown to most scholars until Robert and Zack unearthed it.

Robert A. Waters was born in Ocala, Florida and graduated from high school in Jacksonville. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He worked for twenty-five years with the developmentally disabled before taking early retirement.  He lives with his wife of 46 years a few blocks from where he was born.  His interests include writing, blogging, church work, collecting guitars, listening to and researching old-time country music, and going to yard sales.