Nelson Miller

Nelson Miller, aka Gustave Blair and Charley Ross, (7/13/1874  –  12/13/1943) was one of eleven boys born to Rinear and Ann Miller in the small village of Melugin Grove near the Lee County city of Dixon, Illinois, in 1874.   Some time between 1918 and 1920 he changed his name to Gustave Blair and in 1939 he convinced a jury in Maricopa County, Arizona, he was Charley Ros, the child taken in the first kidnapping for ransom in America. 

DNA analysis determined with a 99.99903% probability that the man known as Gustave Blair was in fact Nelson Miller. He was not Charley Ross.

The following pages tell the story of who Gustave Blair really was – Nelson Miller – who Nelson Miller really was.