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Lindbergh Kidnapping: The Crime of the Century

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After crossing the Atlantic solo in 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the most famous man in the world. He later married Anne Morrow, and they lived in a mansion near Hopewell, NJ. In March 1932, their first born son was kidnapped from his bedroom, and a $ 50,000 ransom was demanded. After a convoluted negotiation, the ransom was paid, but in May 1932 the decomposed body of the baby was found in a nearby woods. For two years, federal, state and local authorities struggled to identify the killer, although kidnapping was not a federal or state violation at that time. Bruno Hauptmann was finally arrested in September 1934. His 1935 trial in NJ was dubbed “The Trial of the Century.” After conviction and all appeals were exhausted, he was executed in 1936.

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