Cemetery John and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $26.95
  • Save: $6.49 (24%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 8 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Cemetery John: The Undisc... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by -bearbooks-
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: USED book, some wear from reading and creases. Qualifies for PRIME and FREE SHIPPING!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Cemetery John: The Undiscovered Mastermind Behind the Lindbergh Kidnapping Hardcover – June 14, 2012


See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$20.46
$1.48 $0.01
Best%20Books%20of%202014
$20.46 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 8 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

Cemetery John: The Undiscovered Mastermind Behind the Lindbergh Kidnapping + The Case That Never Dies: The Lindbergh Kidnapping + New Jersey's Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial (Images of America) (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing))
Price for all three: $58.27

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover; First Edition edition (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590208560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590208564
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Retelling the by now familiar story of Charlie Lindbergh's kidnapping, Zorn imbues it with novelistic suspense. Even if Zorn doesn't definitively prove that Knoll, who died in 1980, was the crime's mastermind and Hauptmann's accomplice, he makes a strong case."
(--Publishers Weekly)

"An interesting read for Lindbergh fans."
(--Library Journal

)

"Mr. Zorn embeds his theory in a deft narrative that borrows gracefully and with credit from many previous books about the Lindberghs and the kidnapping"
(The Wall Street Journal)

"Robert Zorn's account of his own investigation into this 80-year-old mystery is as compelling and dramatic as the crime itself. The term 'page turner' is used too frequently, but Cemetery John is just that. Once you start reading it, you will not stop. This book should be on the top of everyone's summer reading list. You won't be disappointed."
(--The Daily Caller)

About the Author

Robert Zorn is a graduate of Duke University and the Wharton School of Business. His unique qualification to tell this story is his relationship to his father, the late Eugene C. Zorn, Jr., a nationally respected economist, and the only person who ever witnessed the conspiracy behind the kidnapping


More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Well researched, well written.
Amazon Customer
Dr. John F. Condon noticed an unusual physical feature on the left hand of "Cemetery John".
Ray Stephanson
"Cemetery John" is a fascinating book and an enjoyable read.
SouthernCPA

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bookzilla on June 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Cemetery John is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read! I literally could not put it down. When I had to do something else, I'd return to the book and sneak in a few more pages at every possible opportunity! Fortunately I was alone when reading most of the book, or I would constantly have interrupted my companions with "Did you know that...?" and "It says here ..."

Although a nonfiction book, Cemetery John is as easy to read as any popular work of fiction. It is intelligently, but unpretentiously written. Mr. Zorn makes this very complex case easy to understand without trivializing the subject. Also, he never resorts to sensationalism, obscenity or vulgarity -- and thus makes the book suitable for all readers. Every aspect of the Lindbergh case has been thoroughly investigated by the author, who could teach logic & clear-thinking to many professors and professional investigators. He answers both the questions of the curious & the possible objections of the skeptics.

This book deserves a wide readership. Obviously, it will appeal to history buffs, followers of true crime and mystery lovers. But it can be read and enjoyed by anyone who wants an absorbing and fascinating book. And I entirely agree with the reviewer who said it would make a great movie!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steven Ferre on September 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was easily the best book I read this summer. The author investigates the notion that one of his father's boyhood acquaintances, John Knoll, was an accomplice in the notorious Lindbergh kidnapping.

Many have always suspected that Bruno Hauptmann acted in league with one or two others to Kidnap the young Charles Lindbergh, but Hauptmann took his secret to the "Old Smokey", the electric chair used to put him to death.

Using financial, and forensic evidence, as well as input from Mr. Knoll's friends and family, the author does a great job stringing together a compelling thesis of his involvement.

Whether or not it's accurate, the author does a great job of bringing alive the personalities of the characters and recreating the world of the 1930s. This was truly a gem of a book and a must for those interested in true crime and/or a glimpse of America during the great depression.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Kennedy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm so easily swayed! Every book I read about the Lindbergh case makes me think, "Oh, yeah, this guy's right. This is the way it happened."

Mr. Zorn makes a very plausible case that John Knoll, a slightly odd neighbor of his father's in the Bronx, was "Cemetery John," the mastermind behind the criminal plot to kidnap the baby of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. To do that, he also has to make the case that there was a conspiracy involving at least three people, that Bruno Richard Hauptmann did not act alone. He also does that to the best of his ability, using both circumstantial evidence and the application of common sense and expert opinion.

This is a highly readable account of a crime that continues to fascinate today. Mr. Zorn goes beyond the secondary sources that everyone who examines the case must use, seeking out interviews from major figures in the case. He drives right up to the house of Manfred Hauptmann (Bruno's son) and knocks on the door! I always appreciate when nonfiction writers go the extra mile, literally and figuratively speaking.

Toward the end of the book, Mr. Zorn also includes a very helpful wrap-up of his theory, laying out in brief paragraphs a summary of all the points he's made in the book. As you can imagine, you can get lost in all the names and possible scenarios, so this sets you up to better understand why he has come to the conclusions he has. He also lays out how he thinks the crime went down.

If there is a second edition, I hope the publisher will fix the many typos and punctuation errors in the book; they were a distraction. I also wonder if some minor editing could help readers comprehend a few of Mr. Zorn's points.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Custis on September 2, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm really enjoying this book. It's fact based - not a novel, But it's so well written that it keeps me coming back. I keep underling things to Google at the end of the day and making notes inside the front cover. I've gone into Ancestry.com and looked up the people in the book in the 1930 and 1940 Federal Census. I won't be donating this book like I usually do. It's a keeper.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ray Stephanson on March 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Cemetery John, Zorn

Robert Zorn graduated from Duke Univesity and the Wharton School of Business. This book attempts a new solution to the Lindbergh Kidnapping. The `Foreword' by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker tell how their book "The Cases That Haunt Us" concluded that Hauptmann could not have acted alone. Zorn contacted them in 2011 to provide more information based on what his father Eugene told him. The `Introduction' mentions that a man other than Hauptmann received the ransom money at a Bronx cemetery. Dr. John F. Condon noticed an unusual physical feature on the left hand of "Cemetery John". Zorn says John Knoll was part of the kidnap gang (p.20). This 317-page book has a `Contents', `Notes', and `Index' but lacks a Bibliography of books on the Lindbergh Kidnapping.

Charles Lindbergh's father was a Republican Congressman (p.39) from Minneapolis who voted against the Federal Reserve Bank due to his populist politics, and was later defeated. Charles' solo flight from Long Island to Paris made his reputation (Chapter 2). President Coolidge promoted Lindy to Colonel and gave him a Distinguished Flying Cross (Chapter 3). [What caused the mass excitement that followed this flight?] Lindy knew how to look after himself (p.41). That $20,000 a year was big money in 1927. Lindy's new home in the Sourland Mountains was isolated but unguarded (Chapter 3). Two men took part in the kidnap (p.66). Lindy personally identified the body (p.130) then ordered a cremation. Excessive questioning caused Violet Sharpe's suicide (p.139). [Was there something in her past?] Who deposited $2,980 in ransom money (p.144)? A gas station attendant wrote down the license plate number of a customer; this led to the arrest of Hauptmann (Chapter 17). He was questioned (Chapter 18).
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews