Trial Of The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping

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Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping On March 1, 1932, twenty-month-old baby Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr was kidnapped from his nursery on the second floor of Lindbergh’s house in Hopewell, New Jersey. Baby Charlie was the son of Charles Lindbergh, a famous aviator, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh in which was “America’s Family”. When the child’s nurse, Betty Gow, went to check on Charlie around 10:00pm, he was gone but Lindbergh nor his wife had the child. An immense investigation was led by the New Jersey State police along with the New York City Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There was substantial evidence which includes a ransom note and forensics information which led to the suspects. The Lindbergh case was so significant that it became the “Trial of the Century” and eventually the suspect was tried, convicted, and executed. Upon the discovery of missing baby Charlie, there was a ransom note in the nursery on the …show more content…

Norman Schwarzkopf continued to finding baby Charlie, within the next two months the Lindbergh family had received over fifteen ransom notes. These notes were analyzed and the fingerprints from the envelope in which they were written with misspelled words and sentencing construction of Germanic language. Unfortunately, the fingerprints were too smudged to be used. The window had been pried open from the outside due to findings of chisel gouges on the outer window sill along with scratches indicating a ladder was used for entry into the window. The police did not handle the investigation well at first by giving major responsibility for the investigation to Charles Lindbergh, whom was an amateur and extremely inexperienced in which it leads to major errors of the case (“The Kidnapping”). Lindbergh decided to appoint someone to be an intermediary to deal with the kidnapper, John Condon acted as the alias “Jafsie” made contact with the kidnapper, also had a series of graveyard meetings with the

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