On this day (13 February) in history.....see comments for events that took place. HIGHLIGHTS: Bruno Hauptmann is found guilty of killing the Lindbergh baby in 1935 and in 1960, France becomes the world’s 4th nuclear power.
Let me just say, right off the bat, I do not believe Hauptmann was guilty.
The Lindbergh’s were staying in their home, Hopewell, on a night they were not supposed to be there. They stayed an extra night because the baby was not feeling well. No one should have known that. No one could have known that unless staking out the house. The ladder was very crudely constructed but Hauptmann was a carpenter. A histrionic school teacher inserted himself into the search for the child though he was unknown to any of the people involved. Norman Schwarzkopf Sr handled the case and he had a case of hero worship for Lindbergh so allowed him more involvement than others would have gotten.
Hauptmann. A few of the bills were used in NYC along the Lexington Avenue subway route and 30 months after the kidnapping, an attendant at a petrol station wrote down Hauptmann’s license plate. Due to the rise of Hitler and the latent WW1 animosity, Hauptmann was guilty.
According to Hauptmann, he was given a package to hold by a fellow German named Isidore Fish, who was returning to Germany for a visit. Hauptmann hid the money in his wall until it became clear Fish was not returning (he passed away while there), he opened the package. Fish, did exist and pretty much would fit the profile of someone who would do this.
Interestingly though, Betty Gow, the nanny, returned to Scotland almost immediately, her passage paid for by the Lindbergh’s.
Upon reading the case, there are theories about Lindbergh accidentally doing it. Seems unlikely but anything is possible and his alignment with the Nazis, his belief in eugenics and his secret second family he kept in Germany do make his true character less than stellar. Surely, a guy who married into such a wealthy family as the Morrows, would not have a poorly constructed letter but what made the ladder poor is really one step. One step that seems to have broken as the kidnapper left.
Betty Gow’s boyfriend, Red Johnson (Heinrich Finn Johannsen) was found to have a bottle of milk in his car but explained he was on a milk diet. The baby was pinned in position with safety pins holding a blanket over him (he was 20 months old) but was slid out of place without one of the pins being undone or it was re-pinned.
Betty Gow, the Lindbergh’s, Violet Sharp (the maid), Red Johnson, a Mrs Cummings, Mrs Morrow and the Wheatley’s. Violet Sharp committed suicide by using a poisoned pill, shortly after being questioned by police. Who carries a poison pill? Red Johnson was deported. Betty Gow left the country.
From the handwritten statement provided by Sharp before her death, she asked Ann where the baby was and she said to ask ?Charles. She initially took it as a joke because, Lindbergh, always a practical joker, had taken the baby, hid him in the house, told them the baby was kidnapped and they would search and find him.
I was happy before reading g your report. Now I cannot rest until I find out who murdered the boy!!
Isador Fish May have known Red Johnson. If that’s true, then a plan to kidnap the baby may have been a more spur of the moment thing.
It’s a case that “goes all over the map”. We know Violet Sharp committed suicide. We know Bruno Hauptmann had the money. We also know he was offered a plea in exchange for admitting his guilt and he never would.
I don’t think Hauptmann did it it but the suspect pool is actually rather broad and the case too complex to fully identify a truly guilty person because none make sense. Even Hauptmann would not make sense but history says he did it.
Don’t be a smart alek lol
I hate unsolved mysteries.
I was miserable until I figured out who killed JFK
The US developed the nuclear weapon. Russia stole the plans and developed the bomb as well. The UK developed the bomb in partnership. France then developed the bomb. Since then, we have China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel have the bomb. It has made the world a much more dangerous place but peace through shared destruction is a fact. As the use of the bomb as spread, we now have to worry about them falling into the wrong hands. ISIS with a nuclear bomb? The Taliban? Hezbollah? It gives one pause.
France insists they developed their own weapon (so did the USSR) and maybe they did but as more countries get ahold of them, it should make is all wonder when they will fall into the wrong hands.
I've read the Hauptmann trial wasn't conclusive, providing just circumstantial evidence and had holes.
A lot of speculation, for example that the baby wasn't murdered but accidentally dropped from the window or ladder.
Hauptmann rejected a commutation of his sentence to life in an exchange for a confession which typically only an innocent man would do.
That's why I'm for stricter guidelines what "reasonable doubt" means.
I’ve read the transcripts. That was the most bizarre trial.....I’ll outline it above.
Jews are expelled from Burgsordf, Switzerland in 1392. In 1462, the Treaty of Westminster is finalised between Edward IV of England and the Scottish Lord of the Isles. Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, is executed in 1542, for adultery. Galileo Galilei arrives in 1633 Rome for his trial before the Inquisition. William and Mary are proclaimed co-rulers of England in 1689. British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights in 1689, which establishes the rights of parliament and places limits on the crown. Almost 80 Macdonalds at Glen Coe, Scotland are killed early in the morning for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange in 1692. Marquis de Sade is arrested without charge, imprisoned in Vincennes fortress in 1777. Jesse James holds up his first bank, stealing $15,000 from the Clay County Savings Association in Liberty, Missouri in 1866.
The 13th Dalai Lama proclaims Tibetan independence in 1913, following a period of domination by Manchu Qing dynasty and initiated a period of almost four decades of independence. In New York City the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established in 1914, to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members. Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari is arrested in Paris on suspicion that she is a German spy in 1917. A jury in Flemington, New Jersey in 1935, finds Bruno Hauptmann guilty of the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby, the son of Charles Lindbergh (he maintains his innocence until the end of his life). Hitler's Operation Sealion, the invasion of England, is cancelled in 1942. In 1945, the siege of Budapest concludes with the unconditional surrender of German and Hungarian forces to the Red Army. In 1954, Frank Selvy becomes the only NCAA Division I basketball player ever to score 100 points in a single game.
Israel obtains four of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls in 1955. With the success of a nuclear test codenamed "Gerboise Bleue" in 1960, France becomes the fourth country to possess nuclear weapons. In 1960, Black college students stage the first of the Nashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee. An allegedly 500,000-year-old rock is discovered near Olancha, California, US, that appears to anachronistically encase a spark plug (honestly.....I just report this stuff), in 1961. Also in 1961, the Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus (Wth?!) In 1967, American researchers discover the Madrid Codices by Leonardo da Vinci in the National Library of Spain. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is deported from the Soviet Union to Frankfurt, West Germany and stripped of his Soviet citizenship in 1974.
In 1979, an intense windstorm strikes western Washington and sinks a 1/2-mile-long section of the Hood Canal Bridge. A series of sewer explosions in 1981, destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky.🤢🤢🤢. A cinema fire in Turin, Italy, kills 64 people in 1983. Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1983 (but he only lasts 13 months). An agreement is reached on in 1990 for a two-stage plan to reunite Germany (and the rest of Europe is a bit uneasy about it). Two laser-guided "smart bombs" destroy the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad in 1991. Allied forces said the bunker was being used as a military communications outpost, but over 400 Iraqi civilians inside were killed. Russian physicist Nikolay Nikolayevich Bogolyubov passes away in 1992. In 1996, the Nepalese Civil War is initiated in the Kingdom of Nepal by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre).
In 2001, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter magnitude scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 944. Waylon Jennings dies in 1992. In 2004, the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star "Lucy" after The Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations in 2008.
For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, are able to hunt and harvest a bison in 2011, just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855. In 2012, the European Space Agency (ESA) conducted the first launch of the European Vega rocket from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Ralph Waite passes away in 2014. In 2017, Kim Jong-nam, brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, is assassinated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (yeah....that’s a shocker 🙄🙄)