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Charles Lindbergh : The Crime Of The Century

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The Lindbergh kidnapping was deemed the “Crime of the Century” in the 20th century similar to how 9/11 was a serious and detrimental terrorists attack in this century, this crime, which took place in 1932, had the same reaction of fear and confusion. It all started when Charles Lindbergh, who was an American pilot that made the first transatlantic nonstop flight, about 33 and a half hours, from New York to France (James 1). Charles Lindbergh was staying at his home in Hopewell, New Jersey with his wife and 20 month old son Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr. On the night of March 1, 1932, Charles Lindbergh Jr., was kidnapped from his crib in the Hopewell house and was never seen until a bystander found the dead body on the side of the road years later. All of the evidence produced from the crime scene pointed to only one man. That man’s name was Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German immigrant who moved to an area that was close to Queens, New York. By the time the family realized the child was missing Hauptmann was already off the property, and when the police arrived they found substantial pieces of evidence at the crime scene. The incriminating evidence that came from the crime scene proved to the jury that Bruno Hauptmann was guilty of the kidnapping and murdering of Charles Lindbergh Jr. based off the physical pieces that were produced, the further circumstances that surround the felony, and the motives of money and superiority that Hauptmann had for committing the crime.
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