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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 THE FACTS The Lindbergh Kidnapping THE THEORIES March 1, 1932, seemed like a normal evening when famed pilot Charles Lindbergh and his wife put their infant son Charles Jr. to bed. But when they came to check on him a few minutes later, they were shocked to find him vanished - and the window open. What followed was an investigation that took the nation by storm - not only because of how shocking the crime was, but because of the many mysteries it left behind. *Whoever took the boy left a ladder standing outside the open window, tracks leading into the woods below, and a hastily-written note asking for $50,000 for his safe return.*News of the disappearance immediately began to spread, and within a short amount of time people all over the country were reporting sightings of the kid.*An investigation also immediately got underway, headed by Little Charles' father (for he had insisted upon it). He wasn't the best at his job; he and his team carelessly ignored (or even destroyed) important clues, and he refused FBI assistance in favor of getting help from someone in the criminal underground.-There were some who called and pretended to be the kidnapper so they could receive the ransom. One such person was successful; after a man named John Condon offered some of his life savings in payment, he was led to a cemetery where he paid the money to a shady man called Cemetery John. Condon was told to collect the boy at a nearby harbor, and there he went...where he did not find the child.*About two months after the search began, they found the Lindbergh baby...dead...with his skull crushed as though by being dropped from somewhere high.People everywhere were horrified.*Luckily, the serial numbers for the ransom which Condon had paid had been recorded, and they could be traced. It only took a few months of following bills labeled with the same numbers until, on September 19 of 1934, policearrested a man named Bruno Hauptmann.*The following year, Hauptmann was tried, and his was a heated, difficult trial.Hauptmann argued that the money had belonged to a friend who had died, and that he was simply taking care of it. His story seemed reasonable enough, and he had many supporters; nevertheless, he was found guilty within a month, and he died in the electric chair. That was the end of that... *...Or was it? This was a very famous case, and, as can be expected, it left many asking questions. Had the search been conducted properly? Was it a fair trial? And could anyone else have killed the baby? Many came up with their own theories to answer that last question:*Perhaps this was a conspiracy among criminals to squeeze money out ofthe couple. They were both quite famous, with Charles a pilot and wife Anne the daughter of an ambassador.*Maybe the Lindberghs themselves were behind this conspiracy. Believers of this theory say that they had their boy kidnapped (with instructions not toharm him) in order to collect a ransom to appease the underground denizens whom they were indebted to.*Some even claim that Charles Lindbergh himself killed his son as some sort of sick joke. The man did have a morbid sense of humor, after all... SOURCES: - Sources:- Victoria Foster
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