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  • Series: Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Branden Books; 1st edition (June 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0828319715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0828319713
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best selling author Greg Ahlgren is a criminal defense lawyer in Manchester, New Hampshire. He received his B.A. degree from Syracuse University in 1974 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1977. He has been a criminal justice professor, a state legislator, and a political activist, and has appeared as a frequent guest on both national and regional television and radio shows on true crime and historical issues. His books include the alternate history time-travel novel "Prologue" and the international thriller "The Medici Legacy," and together with Stephen Monier he co-authored the true crime book "Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax."

Prior to "Crime of the Century's" publication in 1993, most commentators on America's most famous crime had questioned Hauptmann's guilt, but had been unable to offer a cogent alternative hypothesis. Combining their respective expertise as a criminal defense lawyer and a seasoned police investigator, Ahlgren and Monier were the first to theorize that perhaps there had been no stranger abduction and that the "kidnapping" had been hastily concocted to mask a domestic tragedy. Controversial at the time of the book's original publication, this theory has now gained widespread acceptance as a plausible explanation of the Lindbergh kidnapping case.

In his 2006 novel "Prologue," Ahlgren inverted the usual time-travel plot line. Instead of creating protagonists intent on preserving a recognized time line from attack by those seeking to change history, Ahlgren devised an alternative future, and then, set against the backdrop of the JFK assassination, presented his protagonists with the challenge of creating a better today.

His 2011 novel "The Medici Legacy" employed a plot convention rare in an American thriller when Ahlgren created a non-American chief protagonist, Deputy Inspector Antonio Ferrara of the Italian Polizia di Stato.

In an interview, when asked to name two fiction writers, one past, one present, who have influenced his writing, Ahlgren named Daphne duMaurier and Tim Green.

In a pretentious law school alumni questionnaire, when asked to list his greatest achievement since graduation, he scribbled, "never, ever having voted Republican."

Recreationally, Ahlgren has been a licensed private pilot, an avid sailor, and a not-so-avid skier. To the pilot in the cockpit of that American Airlines 727 trying to land at Albany directly behind him on a beautiful summer afternoon in 1976, he wants you to know that your eyes did not deceive you.

If you enjoyed his books you are invited to share your thoughts at any Internet review website, including AmazonKindle's. If you did not, he wants you to know that the First Amendment, in certain circumstances, does protect prevarication and under the Fifth, you don't have to say anything.

Those seeking more information about Greg Ahlgren's writing are invited to visit his website at www.GregAhlgren.com. Greg Ahlgren can be contacted at Greg@GregAhlgren.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Customer Reviews

In the strongest possible terms, I caution anyone about buying or reading this book.
Richard T Cahill Jr.
I have researched this topic in depth and from what I know of Charles' personality, he very well could have pulled this off just as the authors write.
The Historian
When you read biographies of Charles Lindbergh you begin to understand where Monier and Ahlgren are coming from.
rd181818@aol.com (ronelle delmont)

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
As a 25+ year law enforcement veteran, and current homicide detective (and NO, I was not involved in the O.J. investigation) my first impression upon hearing of this book and its premise, was to dismiss it out of hand. After all, I had read most everything else about the Lindbergh case and there had never been a hint that the kidnap was anything but real. Then I read the book. It's true, the book is not exceedingly well written but these two guys are not professional journalists. What I sensed as I read was the presence of a fellow dogged police investigator (Monier) and, what I have begrugingly come to admire over the years: the skeptical mind of the criminal defense lawyer (Ahlgren). In tandem, their approach to sleuthing an old case is deadly. As I proceeded through the book all the crazy facts of the case which had never seemed to make sense to anyone, and which had provided much of the lure to the Lindbergh case, suddenly seemed to fall into place. The authors show in Lindbergh himself those personality traits which, in my own experience, are consistent with a parent who commits a terrible crime, and then concocts a cover-up. Did Lindy in fact do it? The authors are honest enough to conceed that Lindy as culprit is only one of many scenarios, although one that has previosly been overlooked by the journalists and other amateurs who have studied this case. For me, in my own experience, I'd say it's the most likely explanation.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By rd181818@aol.com (ronelle delmont) on March 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book should have been a best-seller. Contrary to first impressions, it does NOT belong in the genre of "conspiracy theory books." In my opinion, it is just the opposite - an unconspiracy book. It unravels a conspiracy theory - one that has been with us for over 65 years and took the life of an innocent man. I have read all the books on Hauptmann, Lindbergh and the Morrows that I can find. But,I continually re-read Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax by Stephen Monier and Gregory Ahlgren because the theories proposed in their riveting account of their own modern-day re-investigation of that sensatonal case are so shockingly plausible! The reader comes away asking "Why didn't anyone think of this before?!" In fact, their theories make all of the loose jig-saw-puzzle pieces, which journalistic investigators like Anthony Scaduto "Scapegoat" (1976) and Ludovic Kennedy "The Airman and the Carpenter" (1984) have repeatedly questioned since 1976, finally fit into all the right places. Ahlgren and Monier have tied up so many loose ends with the simplest approach of all. It has been apparent to many investigators since 1976 that Hauptmann was "scapegoated" by the police in a frantic attempt to solve this 3-year-old kidnapping murder. If that is so, and there is enough evidence uncovered now to conclude that a travesty of justice did take place in Flemington, who really did it? If Hauptmann wasn't in New Jersey climbing a ladder, who was? In this age of public awareness regarding parental abuse (and murder) of young children (Susan Smith in South Carolina is a good example) is it so implausible to think that a parent could have been responsible for a kidnapping hoax 66 years ago? Even if that parent is the greatest hero in the world?Read more ›
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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Dorian Harcourt on August 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
First off, I am neither a huge fan nor a huge detractor of Charles A. Lindbergh; I acknowledge and appreciate his contributions (which are many) to the field of aviation, and beyond that I have no opinion of him as a person. Therefore, I read this book with a completely open mind regarding the disappearance of his son, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., in March of 1932.

First, the positive -- "Crime of the Century" presents a fascinating 'alternative' solution as to solving the mystery regarding the child's disappearance, and it outlines a scenario which can go far in convincing the casual reader that Lindbergh had motive and opportunity to commit a crime for which an "innocent man" was eventually given the death penalty.

Second, the far more prevalent negative -- "Crime of the Century" is written in a sloppy, meandering, and poorly-edited manner, one which will turn off a lot of readers as being annoying and inexcusably unprofessional considering the fact that the authors are literally damning the respected name of a long-dead celebrity. Furthermore, the authors of this book have apparently picked and chosen their "evidence" from an a la carte table of other, more powerful artifacts that utterly contradict the entire premise of their book. In other words, the authors have either ignored established evidence that doesn't support their own thesis, or nipped and tucked at the pieces of evidence they did choose so that they would conveniently fit the slots they created in their story. Still further, the authors do a slapdash job of citing sources -- they make wild, bold claims about what people "thought" or people's "characteristics" without the slightest inclination to say where on earth they have the evidence to support such claims.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
The problem with so many of the Lindbergh Kidnapping books is that they are the products of various authors who are pushing some theory, personal observation, an unproven conclusion or an interpretation. This book would have been fabulous, if the authors would have taken the time to footnote each and every one of their "established facts" and "proveable conclusions." Real investigators do this, scientific investigators do this, lawyers trying cases use footnotes and citations, and so do professional historians. The authors should go back through their book and footnote everything in it---as I believe serious students of the Kidnapping, other investigators and future readers will want to know where they got this or that fact, observation, conclusion, and why they came to this or that interpretation. The problem with most of the books that deal with the Lindbergh Kidnapping is that they are the product of research that is NOT careful, scientific and methodical---nor do they use data, documents and facts that are proveable. This book is disappointing on account of it's lacking the application of the scientic method appropriate to the authors' investigations--footnotes and other citations would have given their work the veracity that it deserves. Without them, it's just another hack job.
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