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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

Long Island’s Vanished Heiress: The Unsolved Alice Parsons Kidnapping

Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 1:00 p.m.

Long Island's Vanished Heiress

Alice McDonell Parsons was the heir to a vast fortune among Long Island's wealthy elite when she was kidnapped from Long Meadow Farm in Stony Brook in 1937. The crime shocked the nation and was front-page news for several months. J. Edgar Hoover personally assigned his best FBI agents to the case, and within a short time, Parsons's husband and their live-in housekeeper, Anna Kupryanova, had become prime suspects. Botched ransom attempts, clashes between authorities and romantic intrigue kept the investigation mired in drama. The crime remained unsolved and has captivated Long Island audiences ever since.

Former Suffolk County detective Steven C. Drielak reveals previously classified FBI documents and pieces together the mystery of the Alice Parsons kidnapping.

About Our Speaker

Long Island's Vanished HeiressSteven C. Drielak is an internationally recognized expert in the area of environmental forensic attribution. He received his Master’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. Steven was responsible for the establishment of the Suffolk County Environmental Crime Unit in New York and commanded that unit for 16 years. Beginning in 2003, Steven served as a Director within the EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training in both the Homeland Security and Criminal Enforcement national programs.

Steven is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking and fly fishing. He is the author of the 1998 Connetquot River Protection Plan and has been awarded a lifetime membership to Idle Hour Fly Fishers. Steven’s most recent publications include the historical fiction novels Murder Season in the Hamptons and the sequel; Murders Season in the Hamptons: Glowing Sands.

Long Island’s Vanished Heiress: The Unsolved Alice Parsons Kidnapping will be available for purchase or you may purchase it in advance at Amazon.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 1:00 p.m.

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