Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The Lindbergh Kidnapping: The Theft of the Eaglet

The Lindbergh Kidnapping: The Theft of the Eaglet. The kidnap and murder of Charles A. Lindbergh's son: the crime, the evidence and the trial of Bruno Hauptmann. Includes photos and bibliography.

Did Bruno Hauptmann kill the child? He paid with his life for this crime but was he the murderer?

There are still a lot of people who doubt he was the killer. One theory (Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax) claims Lindbergh killed his own son by accident and then tried to hide the evidence. Another theory doesn't finger a killer but claims that Hauptmann was an innocent man railroaded by a desperate criminal justice system. (Read the book Murder of Justice for a summary.) The most crazy theory (Lindbergh: The Crime) claims that Lindbergh's older sister killed the baby.

From the site:

The Lindbergh case, the "Crime of the Century," is not so much about the kidnapped and murdered child as it is about America's hero, Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly the Atlantic alone, in a small, fragile, one-engine airplane, a feat so venerated that the plane occupies a prominent position in the Air and Space Museum. It is the story of a shy national icon caught in a wave of publicity then unknown in American journalism, now expanded beyond print to include the influential voice of radio. The case remains a memorable crime because it involved not only Lindbergh, the hero, but the accused, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German immigrant, convicted and executed, whose guilt to this day, in the minds of many, remains an unanswered question.

Like many crimes sustained in our history, the victim becomes less important than the participants. Its immortality is not only in the unresolved question about the accused killer, but in the checkered careers of the victim's father and mother. The father, the "Lone Eagle," spends the rest of his forty years as an appeaser, an isolationist, and an environmentalist.

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