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The Case That Never Dies: The Lindbergh Kidnapping [NOOK Book]

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Essential reading for anyone interested in the most famous American crime of the twentieth century

Since its original publication in 2004, The Case That Never Dies has become the standard account of the Lindbergh Kidnapping. Now, in a new afterword, historian Lloyd C. Gardner presents a surprise conclusion based on recently uncovered pieces of evidence that were missing from the initial investigation as well as an evaluation of Charles ...

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Overview

Essential reading for anyone interested in the most famous American crime of the twentieth century

Since its original publication in 2004, The Case That Never Dies has become the standard account of the Lindbergh Kidnapping. Now, in a new afterword, historian Lloyd C. Gardner presents a surprise conclusion based on recently uncovered pieces of evidence that were missing from the initial investigation as well as an evaluation of Charles Lindbergh’s role in the search for the kidnappers. Out of the controversies surrounding the actions of Colonel Lindbergh, Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the New Jersey State Police, and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Gardner presents a well-reasoned argument for what happened on the night of March 1, 1932.

The Case That NeverDies places the Lindbergh kidnapping, investigation, and trial in the context of the Depression, when many feared the country was on the edge of anarchy. Gardner delves deeply into the aspects of the case that remain confusing to this day, including Lindbergh’s dealings with crime baron Owney Madden, Al Capone’s New York counterpart, as well as the inexplicable exploits of John Condon, a retired schoolteacher who became the prosecution’s best witness. The initial investigation was hampered by Colonel Lindbergh, who insisted that the police not attempt to find the perpetrator because he feared the investigation would endanger his son’s life. He relented only when the child was found dead.

After two years of fruitless searching, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German immigrant, was discovered to have some of the ransom money in his possession. Hauptmann was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death. Throughout  the book, Gardner pays special attention to the evidence of the case and how it was used and misused in the trial. Whether Hauptmann was guilty or not, Gardner concludes that there was insufficient evidence to convict him of first-degree murder.

Set in historical context, the book offers not only a compelling read, but a powerful vantage point from which to observe the United States in the 1930s as well as contemporary arguments over capital punishment.

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Trenton Times

"The Case That Never Dies does not tell us definitively who kidnapped and killed Charlie. But I would not be surprised if other readers also conclude that had Gardner, with his curiosity, keen understanding of human behavior and first-rate analytical mind, been involved with the original investigation, this story would have had a significantly different ending."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813560632
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition, Updated with a new dramatic afterword
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 230,375
  • File size: 972 KB

Meet the Author

Lloyd C. Gardner, a professor of history at Rutgers University, is the author of over a dozen books on U.S. foreign relations. Among the awards he has received are two Fulbright Professorships and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Sudden Fame 5

2 Betty Gow's Journey 11

3 Mickey Rosner's Game 34

4 Man of Mystery 57

5 Interrogations 88

6 Expert Opinions: Money, Handwriting, and a Ladder 112

7 Confrontations 143

8 In District Attorney Foley's Office 173

9 Mr. Wilentz Builds His Case 199

10 Visions of a Ladder 222

11 The Search for Isidor Fisch 243

12 Judge Trenchard's Courtroom 267

13 Trial by Experts 298

14 Cross Examinations 321

15 The Governor and the Man in the Death House 358

16 The Palate of Mortals 397

Afterword 416

Notes 423

Bibliography 469

Index 473

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