Cemetery John: The Undiscovered Mastermind Behind the Lindbergh Kidnapping

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Overlook, Jun 14, 2012 - True Crime - 320 pages
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For eighty years, the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's infant son has gone unsolved. Evidence, opinion, and logic have discredited the notion that Bruno Richard Hauptmann--executed in 1936--acted alone. In this meticulous and authoritative account of the trial and the times of the Lindbergh kidnapping, Robert Zorn clears away decades of ungrounded speculation surrounding the case. Inspired by his father's relationship with the actual accomplices--including the mastermind--he presents the clearest ever picture of a criminal partnership that would shake every class and culture of American society.

Using personal possessions and documents, never-before-seen photographs, new forensic evidence, and extensive research, Robert Zorn has written a shocking and captivating account of the crime and the original "Trial of the Century." From the ecstatic riots that followed the Spirit of St. Louis on either side of the Atlantic, to the tragic night that would shake America's sense of security, to the horror of the New Jersey morgue where Lindbergh insisted on verifying the identity of his son, Zorn's skillful treatment meets this larger-than-life story and gives it definitive shape by revealing the true events behind the crime, for the first time.

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I was enthralled by the wealth of evidence and detail Robert Zorn crafted into what reads like a good novel. His accouunt of the baby's kidnapping had my fellow mother's heart beating
fast - even though I knew the outcome. The description of the trial and the havoc on the Lindbergh's lives was harrowing. And I was amazed at his father's connection to the case. I expect to see this book on the big screen soon - all the makings of a great movie. 

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About the author (2012)

Robert Zorn is a graduate of Duke University and the Wharton School of Business. His unique qualification to tell this story is his relationship to his father, the late Eugene C. Zorn, Jr., a nationally respected economist, and the only person who ever witnessed the conspiracy behind the kidnapping

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