What “REALLY” happened to Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr.?
Intro to CJ System
Prof. Dan Bilodeau
On June 22, 1930, Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. was born to the infamous “Lucky Lindy” and his wife, Anne. When he was a mere 20 months old, he was kidnapped from his crib in the house where parents and staff were in the house beneath him. The kidnapping occurred from a second story window in a rainstorm where no one heard a thing! Here in lie the questions that we will discuss in this paper. The police suspected an inside job from the beginning. Whomever carried out the abduction knew the whereabouts of the nursery and the parent’s plans for the particular ...view middle of the document...
proboards.com) Norman Schwartzkopf was the director of the New Jersey State Police at the time and was the first on the scene. The New Jersey police became heavily involved in a battle over the jurisdiction of the case. Another questionable problem with the evidence was that the child was pinned into his crib so that he wouldn’t move at night and somehow, when the child was abducted, whomever took him, didn’t move the pins or even touch the pins to get him out of the bed. There were no fingerprints on the ladder, not even where the person that made the ladder would have left fingerprints, showing that everything had been wiped clean. Then there was the ransom note that was written with grave misspellings and horrible Germanic construction.
The next question involved is with the courts, the adjudication, arraignment and the preliminary hearing. Throughout all of the investigations, they came down with one principle suspect. A Bronx carpenter by the name of Bruno Richard Hauptmann. He passed a $10 gold certificate at a gas station from the ransom money and this led to his subsequent arrest, trial and finally the death penalty. Ultimately, the police found about $14,000 or more of the ransom money at the suspect’s home. “In newspapers, the case appeared open-and-shut. Hauptmann had entered the United States as a stowaway, with a prison record in Germany for robberies.” (www.lindberghkidnap.proboards.com) With no fingerprints that linked Hauptmann to the crime, nothing but circumstantial evidence in the case and the handwriting expert said that Hauptmann was not a match to the ransom note, one would ask how in the world he was convicted in the first place.
Attorney General Wilentz had many times tried to persuade witness testimonies. Both of the witnesses that placed Hauptmann at or near the scene of the crime were discredited and paid very nicely for their time. One witness that was called was partially blind but the jury was not told of this. There were people that confirmed the whereabouts of Bruno Hauptmann at the exact time of the kidnapping but were later threatened with arrest and given an offer of money to change their testimony. The Attorney General demanded the death penalty calling Hauptmann “a fellow that had ice water in his veins, not blood…an animal lower than the lowest form in the animal kingdom, Public Enemy Number One of this world…no heart, no soul.” (www.lindberghkidnap.proboards.com) During the summation, Wilentz violated jurisprudence by introducing new arguments. He stated that the defendant used a chisel to...