The Case that Never Dies: The Lindbergh Kidnapping
The Case That Never Dies places the Lindbergh kidnapping, investigation, and trial in the context of the Depression, when many feared the country was on the edge of anarchy. Gardner delves deeply into the aspects of the case that remain confusing to this day, including Lindbergh's dealings with crime baron Owney Madden, Al Capone's New York counterpart, as well as the inexplicable exploits of John Condon, a retired schoolteacher who became the prosecution's best witness. The initial investigation was hampered by Colonel Lindbergh, who insisted that the police not attempt to find the perpetrator because he feared the investigation would endanger his son's life. He relented only when the child was found dead.
After two years of fruitless searching, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German immigrant, was discovered to have some of the ransom money in his possession. Hauptmann was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death. Throughout the book, Gardner pays special attention to the evidence of the case and how it was used and misused in the trial. Whether Hauptmann was guilty or not, Gardner concludes that there was insufficient evidence to convict him of first-degree murder.
Set in historical context, the book offers not only a compelling read, but a powerful vantage point from which to observe the United States in the 1930s as well as contemporary arguments over capital punishment.
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I have been doing Archival Research concerning this case for over a decade now, and this book is the absolute best out there. Why did we have to wait this long for such a book to come out? Simply put, because everyone wants to look, act, and sound like an Expert - but without truly doing all the research necessary to attain that status. The footnotes in this book crush any notion that he is wrong, but rubs both schools of thought the wrong way due to the fact he does not tell anyone what to believe - or not to believe. What Lloyd does is present all the facts for consideration, many of which have been previously unknown while simultaneously debunking many "facts" that have been accepted by history.
Dr. Gardner provides any intelligent reader the tools by which they can draw their own personal conclusions.
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