By William Norris
The abduction and homicide of Charles Lindbergh's baby son, and the following 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 way of earlier investigators and is derived up with the id of the real offender.
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There followed one of the most curious episodes of the whole affair. Deep in the park, with Condon bellowing (according to his own account) "Hey, come back here. 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 ran off towards the woods, with Condon following as fast as he could after assuring the guard that there was nothing amiss. Al Reich watched them go, greatly tempted to join in the chase. But he obeyed orders and stayed where he was. Had he not done so, the case might have ended there and then, and at least one innocent life would have been saved. There followed one of the most curious episodes of the whole affair. Deep in the park, with Condon bellowing (according to his own account) "Hey, come back here.
Civic organisations across the world and the mayors of every city in America telegraphed their distress at the news. Trees were planted; monuments erected. And one Canadian woman even offered her own child for adoption as a replacement for the lost Lindbergh baby. And along with the grief came anger. Anger against those who had so sorely wounded this perfect American family. Of course, they knew much less about Charles Lindbergh than they were to learn later. For the moment he remained their quintessential hero, their parfait gentle knight, and the public wanted vengeance against those responsible for this desecration of their idol.