WAS THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING A HOAX ?
Heroic American aviator Charles Lindbergh made history on his solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Lindbergh was the first person to achieve this accomplishment.
Everything came to an halt when Lindbergh’s son, Charles, Jr. was kidnapped in 1932. Lindberg led police to a ladder found outside the infant’s room. It was theorized that the kidnapper took the baby down the ladder to escape. From the onset, Lindbergh’s suspicious behavior regarding his son’s kidnapping was suspect but his strange behavior was overlooked by the police because of his celebrity and the newspapers refused to report the following: Given the peculiar construction of the kidnap ladder, it would have been impossible for a single person to descend the ladder with the child. First, it would not hold more than 160 pounds without breaking, according to police tests.
Lindbergh also took charge of the investigation himself and he refused to allow other members of the household to be questioned. Over the next several months, Lindbergh continued to spearhead a most unusual investigation. He rejected the FBI’s offer of assistance but called in Morris Rosner, a member of the Underworld. The police also noted that Lindbergh seemed very calm and collected after the kidnapping. The search for the child ended on May, 12, 1932, when a truck driver, stopping to relieve himself in the woods about two miles from the Lindbergh home, found the decomposed body of an infant partially buried in a pile of leaves.
Whispers began to circulate that Lindbergh may have killed his own child because the boy was allegedly retarded which would have been unacceptable to Lindbergh because of his Nazi ideology of ‘Aryan perfection, and white supremacy.’ Lindbergh was a white supremacist who despised Jews and Blacks. He was considered a Nazi wannabe. Lindbergh became so enamored of Nazi Germany, admiring the policies of Hitler’s regime. After making a couple of visits he even began making plans to move there permanently. As the war and memories faded, these rumors died down.
German born carpenter Bruno Richard Hauptman was arrested and charged with the kidnapping after he passed marked bills of the ransom money at a local grocery store. Hauptman insisted that he found the money in the closet of his home which was once occupied by his friend. He said the man owed him money so he decided to keep the cash. Despite the fact that Hauptmann’s supervisor from the “Majestic Corp,” brought forth a time card purporting to show that Hauptmann was at work. If Hauptmann was working, he would not have had time to get to Hopewell within the correct time framework to commit the crime. Nevertheless, Hauptmann was convicted and sentenced to the electric chair, where he died proclaiming his complete innocence.
In 1993, two books came out claiming that there never had been a kidnapping; that Lindbergh and his family were actually covering up a killing.