Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax

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Branden Books, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 286 pages
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After 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 Lindbergh's 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 son's 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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This book is a terrible, unsubstantiated attempt at a smear job. Lindbergh had his faults, as do all success driven individuals, but he was absolutely not responsible for his child's death. The alternate "hypothesis" the authors present is not only implausible but flies in the face of everything currently known about criminal behavior. In short, the authors suggest 35 minutes was all that was needed for Lindbergh to park his car away from the house, walk to the house, put together his prefabricated, homemade ladder, climb up the ladder, remove the child from his crib, climb out the window, drop the child accidently killing him, stash the home made ladder out of site, then carry the body back to his car, drive it 3 miles away from the house, drop the body in the woods, then drive 3 miles back to the house only to arrive and act as if nothing had happened. Then he had to find time to write a ransom note in "not Charles Lindbergh's" handwriting, stash the note and completely wipe down every surface in the nursery so no fingerprints would be found. And if he could just hold it together for a mere hour and twenty-five minutes, while the body of his child lay in the woods, his wife would discover the empty crib and then he was home free!
Spare yourself from reading this book, even if it is free. And if what I wrote above isn't convincing then please note, the authors "cite" tabloid television's "Hard Copy" and "Geraldo" as sources.

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Monier is a twenty-two year New Hampshire law enforcement veteran, and is Chief of Police.

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