By William Norris
The abduction and homicide of Charles Lindbergh's baby son, and the following trial and execution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, were a resource of fascination for greater than 70 years. Now, for the 1st time, William Norris delves into resources of data missed via earlier investigators and springs up with the identification of the real perpetrator.
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Extra info for A Talent to Deceive. Who REALLY Killed the Lindberg Baby?
When her hands left her face she was smiling, sweetly, bravely. ' "That is better,' I said. '" Did it really happen? Who knows? Condon was more than capable of inventing the whole scene. It is generally accepted that he spent that night in the nursery, where Lindbergh gave him a pair of army blankets. " I got out from beneath the warm blankets. I put my hands around the rung of the Lone Eaglet's crib. " Next morning, Lindbergh and Breckinridge gave Condon a signed statement authorising him to act as intermediary.
He was 72 years old at this point, a retired school principal and parttime professor at Fordham University; a commanding figure with his 6' 2," 200-pound frame, mane of white hair, and a large white walrus moustache. With his habitual black bowler hat, Condon could have been mistaken for an archetypal English gentleman, but his passion was for America which, he would repeat ad nauseum, was the finest country in the world. (Ironically, it was discovered after his death in January 1945 that his patriotism did not extend to paying his taxes, of which he owed a considerable amount).
Have you crossed me? Please, better directions. " There was no response. The newspapers, which had begun to run out of material after the initial spate of stories on the kidnapping, now began to piece together the previous week's scenario and speculate on Lindbergh's despondent appearance and the possible identity of Jafsie. Lindbergh decided it was time to go public, at least to a limited extent, and authorised Schwartzkopf to put out a statement saying that a $50,000 ransom had been paid and that the kidnappers had failed to return the child or give details of his whereabouts.
A Talent to Deceive. Who REALLY Killed the Lindberg Baby? by William Norris