By William Norris
The abduction and homicide of Charles Lindbergh's child 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 data neglected by means of earlier investigators and springs up with the identification of the real perpetrator.
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Extra resources for A Talent to Deceive. Who REALLY Killed the Lindberg Baby?
Fifteen minutes later they were back at the hedge. Condon had brought the box containing $50,000, but he had left the $20,000 in large-denomination gold 49 A Talent to Deceive certificates behind in the car in order to save Lindbergh some expense. By doing so, of course, he was also making it more difficult for the ransom money to be traced subsequently. "John" accepted the reduction without argument, being apparently anxious to get the thing over and done with. He opened the box and checked the bills, telling Condon that the gang was pleased with him.
He thought he was aged thirty to thirty five, height 5' 8" to 5' 10", weighing 158 to 165 pounds. Condon also 38 A Talent to Deceive claimed that "John" had fair to chestnut hair – though how he could see this underneath that all-concealing hat only he could explain. Unless, of course, he already knew the man he was talking to. There was, Condon added, a fleshy lump at the base of the left thumb. So, the police were now supposed to be looking for a chestnut-haired Scandinavian of Chinese appearance who spoke with a German accent.
The FBI would have been left completely in the dark, had it not been for an aviator friend of Lindbergh, Thomas Lamphier. Lindbergh was apparently willing to confide in him, but not with the people who had the best facilities for identifying the kidnappers and retrieving his child. On March 23rd, Lamphier persuaded Lindbergh to 42 A Talent to Deceive let Connelley come to Hopewell once again, but the result was the same. By that time there had been several contacts with the kidnappers, but Lindbergh would still not give the FBI agent details of the ransom note or tell him anything about the arrangements being made.
A Talent to Deceive. Who REALLY Killed the Lindberg Baby? by William Norris