Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax by Gregory AhlgrenAfter it was announced that the twenty month old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was abducted on March 1, 1932, the entire world grieved for their loss. Seventy-two days later, the body was found in the woods next to a roadway, a short distance from Lindberghs house, near Hopewell, New Jersey. In 1927, Lindbergh was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic in his Spirit of St. Loius. By 1932, he was perhaps the most famous man alive. A great American hero, he was allowed to be the chief architect of the investigation into his sons kidnapping. He demanded that the body be cremated without an autopsy. This book traces the 2 and a half year investigation by the New Jersey State Police, headed by Colonel H Norman Schwarzkopf, and which led to the arrest, trial, conviction and execution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann. It challenges the effectiveness of the investigation, and the evidence advanced by the prosecution, which convicted Hauptmann.
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10 Little-Known Facts About The Lindbergh Kidnapping
Lindbergh baby kidnapping , crime involving the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. The Lindberghs notified the local authorities, who in turn ceded control of the investigation to the New Jersey State Police. A search of the crime scene uncovered the ransom note, on the sill of an open window and muddy but indistinct footprints in the nursery. A ladder was discovered some distance from the Lindbergh house, broken at a point where two sections were joined, and footprints were found leading into the woods at the edge of the property. Although H. Norman Schwarzkopf of the New Jersey State Police was nominally the lead investigator in the case, control of many of the details was ceded to Lindbergh. After various attempts to contact the kidnappers failed to bear fruit, a retired New York City teacher named John F.
Hannah Taylor , Published January 5, Charles Lindbergh, the first aviator to cross the Atlantic alone, his wife, Anne, and his son, month-old Charles Jr. The power couple and their baby were like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today—everyone on both sides of the Atlantic knew and loved them. Everyone knew their baby as well. Two months later, it was discovered that the child had been mercilessly killed. The dastardly plot had been carried out by a nearly illiterate German immigrant who had come to the country illegally—a carpenter named Bruno Hauptmann.
But how much do you really know about what happened that night, the investigation, and the trial surrounding the Lindbergh baby kidnapping?
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On this day in , in a crime that captured the attention of the entire nation, Charles Lindbergh , Jr. The kidnapper used a ladder to climb up to the open second-floor window and left muddy footprints in the room. The Lindberghs were inundated by offers of assistance and false clues. Even Al Capone offered his help from prison. For three days, investigators found nothing and there was no further word from the kidnappers.