Bruno Richard Hauptmann

Bruno Richard Hauptmann

Kamenz, Landkreis Bautzen, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Death 3 Apr 1936 (aged 36)
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 6941080 · View Source
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Convicted Murderer and Kidnapper. He entered America illegally in 1923 and found work as a carpenter. On September 15, 1934, he was arrested and charged with the murder of Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. The twenty-months-old toddler had been kidnapped and murdered in March of 1932; he was the son of famous airman, Charles A. Lindbergh and his wife, Ann Morrow Lindbergh. At the time of his arrest, Hauptmann was in possession of nearly $14,000 of the marked Lindbergh ransom money. He proclaimed his innocence, but at trial the prosecution put forth some very damaging evidence against him: a handwriting expert who testified that Hauptmann had written the ransom notes. Also, there was a notebook, in which a drawing of a ladder similar to the one found on the Lindbergh estate the night of the kidnapping. Several other witnesses testified to seeing him on or around the Lindbergh property the night the child was kidnapped. It took the jury several hours to decide that the prosecution had proved its case and found Hauptmann guilty of murder on February 13, 1935. The jury made no recommendation for mercy, thus under the law , the judge had no other choice. Judge Trenchard sentenced Bruno Hauptmann to die in the electric chair. Although the trial was over, Hauptmann continued to protest his innocence but to no avail. On April 3, 1936 he died in the electric chair at Trenton State Prison in New Jersey. Today, people still refer to the Lindbergh kidnapping as "The Crime Of The Century" and to Hauptmann's trial as "The Trial Of The Century". Hauptmann's wife Anna continued to try to clear his name until her death in 1994. Whether or not Bruno Hauptmann killed the Lindbergh baby is a secret that only he knows, and he took that secret with him to his grave.

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