By William Norris
The abduction and homicide of Charles Lindbergh's boy or girl son, and the next 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 assets of knowledge neglected by way of past investigators and springs up with the id of the real wrongdoer.
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Come alone and walk 47 A Talent to Deceive I will meet you. Once again, it seemed, they were under observation. Lindbergh saw a man coming along the sidewalk towards them. "He was wearing a brown suit," he said later, "and a brown felt hat. His hat was pulled down over his eyes. As he passed the car he covered his mouth and the lower part of his face with a handkerchief and looked at Dr. Condon and me. " Lindbergh now wanted to take the money to the kidnappers, but Condon restrained him. The note, he pointed out, said that he should go alone.
Don't be so cowardly," the man allowed Condon to catch him up. Condon seized him by the arm, and said later: "I bawled him out unmercifully…'You should be ashamed of yourself' I scolded. 'Here you are my guest. " This friendly chat lasted an almost unbelievable hour and ten minutes. Condon, when questioned about it by the FBI, at first said that it took an hour and forty minutes, but later decided to reduce it a little. He produced a few select snippets from the conversation, imitating the man's supposed accent as he went.
Mitchell, the county physician. It was fairly cursory. In a case of such prominence it might have been expected that a forensic expert would have been brought in, but once again New Jersey was keeping everything close to its chest. Dr. Mitchell could only find that "the cause of death is a fractured skull due to external violence," and put the time of death some two or three months previously. The degree of decomposition was extreme, bearing in mind that the weather had been quite cold in that part of New Jersey for most of the past two months.