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Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax Hardcover – June 21, 2014
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This book is a wonderful expose of just what is terribly wrong with the cult of celebrity which we so fervently uphold in America. (S'up O.J.?) What do you call a guy who pours water over his wife's dress at a formal gathering of prestigious and famous people? If he's some dude from down the street or perhaps your fiance you might call him an Ahole or a jerk. Or crazy. But if he was the first man to fly an airplane alone from the US to Europe you call this creep Charles Lindbergh. How many know that the great aviator never went to college? NEVER FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL? Was essentially ignorant and went about with a chip on his shoulder regarding moneyed people, yet married into an aristocratic family and launched a campaign to humiliate his wife from that moment forward?
There are some reviewers here who say that it is shameful to "tear down" a family with the nasty theories in this book. I say Charles Lindbergh did that himself. He was a strange bird to be sure and if you want to know more about his personality and the way he conducted his life just read this book. And the authors didn't even know when they wrote it that the great hero was responsible for seven illegitimate German kids! I feel so sorry for the Morrow family. What did Anne do to deserve all this? She bought into the cult of celebrity.
The man was clearly a sociopath.
The only question I am left with is in regard to Anne Morrow Lindbergh. She was a sensitive, highly intelligent woman, and she had to know what a twisted lout Lindbergh was. Her reactions at the time suggest she strongly suspected Lindbergh did it. And yet she stayed with him and had several more children with him. If he admitted to her privately that the child's death had been a horrible accident (and such an admission is unlikely, given what we know of his psychology), how could she sit by and watch an innocent man be put to death? And yet, if he did not confess to her, how could she continue in the marriage?
The Crime of the Century is the perfect follow up after reading the two books above. The authors detail a very convincing case that there was no kidnapping in the first place. Back in the 1930s, police did not suspect parents in the disappearance of their children. Lindbergh's unprecedented hero status made him untouchable. He took control of the investigation right from the start and even threatened to shoot any police officer who disobeyed his orders. How many people are aware of Lindbergh's cruel practical jokes and the fact that he hid his son in a closet to fake a kidnapping just two months prior? He sat at the prosecution table every day of the trial. His actions the day of the kidnapping were never questioned. He simply said he did not remember all his actions that day.
Why were no fingerprints (even from household members or the baby himself) found in the baby's room? Why did no one else but Lindbergh hear a noise outside? Why didn't the dog bark? Why did no one see the ransom note the first time they entered the baby's room. Why did Lindbergh tell Anne THEY stole our baby when the note had not yet been open to reveal the number of kidnappers?
The book details how unfair the trial was and how the defense rarely had access to the evidence the prosecution would present. There was no credible evidence that Hauptmann was even in New Jersey that day. It is appalling how the prosecution suppressed evidence that would weaken their case.
Think about the four deaths caused by the actions of Lindbergh, the misery suffered by Hauptmann's family, and the millions of dollars paid by NJ and NY tax payers for the trial, investigations, witnesses, and reward money and you can not help see the arrogance the man had.
I can't understand the negative reviews here. I read the book twice and it is well written with compelling evidence that Lindbergh was guilty of his son's death. Read the book with an open mind and see for yourself.
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Gregory Ahlgren is a criminal defense lawyer in Manchester NH, and served in the NH House of Representatives.Read more