The Case That Never Dies: The Lindbergh Kidnapping

The Case That Never Dies: The Lindbergh Kidnapping

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by Lloyd C. Gardner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813533856

ISBN-13: 9780813533858

Pub. Date: 05/13/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

The Case That Never Dies 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

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The Case That Never Dies 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813533858
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
05/13/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1.Sudden Fame5
2.Betty Gow's Journey11
3.Mickey Rosner's Game34
4.Man of Mystery57
5.Interrogations88
6.Expert Opinions: Money, Handwriting, and a Ladder112
7.Confrontations143
8.In District Attorney Foley's Office173
9.Mr. Wilentz Builds His Case199
10.Visions of a Ladder222
11.The Search for Isidor Fisch243
12.Judge Trenchard's Courtroom267
13.Trial by Experts298
14.Cross Examinations321
15.The Governor and the Man in the Death House358
16.The Palate of Mortals397
Notes417
Bibliography463
Index467

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