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Dwight Morrow/Lindy/Haupptman
Tue Feb 28, 2017 02:00

Several Christians, aware that Hauptmann had been railroaded, now began a desperate struggle to save his life. At their own expense, and with no personal involvement in the case, they sought only to work for justice. One of these men was Ellis Parker, former chief of detectives of Burlington, New Jersey, and considered one of the most brilliant and incorruptible detectives in America. Having known Lindberghís father-in-law, Dwight Morrow, for some years, he went to Morrow and told him how Wilentz had faked the evidence. He asked only that Morrow persuade Lindbergh to ask for a commuted sentence to life imprisonment while he gathered evidence on the real killers. Morrowís health was failing rapidly, as he had been overcome by the horrible death of his grandson and the resulting publicity. Nevertheless, in June of 1935, he summoned Lindbergh for a confidential talk. "Charles," he said, "you must ask the Governor to commute Hauptmannís sentence, at least for the time being."
"Never," replied Lindbergh, "he must pay the full penalty for his crime." "I didnít want to tell you this," said Morrow, "but Hauptmann is innocent." "I heard the evidence against him," said Lindbergh.
"It was all faked," said Dwight Morrow. "I know that from an unimpeachable source."
"But the money!" exclaimed Lindbergh.
"The money was real," said Dwight Morrow, "but Hauptmann was set up. Canít you understand ? He wasnít the man in the cemetery."
"But I identified him," said Lindbergh.
"Any lawyer knows your testimony was worthless," said Dwight Morrow. "Reilly should have invoked the doctrine of familiarity. In a capital crime, you canít identify a voice you have heard on only one occasion. Yet Reilly didnít challenge your testimony. Do you know why ?"
"No," said Lindbergh.
"I do," said Dwight Morrow. "He was paid to see that Hauptmann would be convicted. Any competent attorney would have had your testimony stricken, and the jury would have been told to disregard it."
"Even if thatís true," said Lindbergh, "I canít take back my testimony."
"You donít have to," said Dwight Morrow. "Just ask for a commutation of the death penalty. Iíve never asked you for anything, Charles, but I must ask you, in the name of Heaven, to do this. I donít have much time left, and I donít want to see another death added to those of young Charles and Violet Sharpe. Call the Governor today."
"I wonít do it," exclaimed Lindbergh. "Why, Iíd look like a fool !"
"Please," said Dwight Morrow, half rising from his bed.
"Never!" exclaimed Lindbergh.
Dwight Morrow fell back in complete collapse, and died. Lindbergh never mentioned this conversation to his wife, claiming that his father-in-law died without speaking.
[and this death-bed conversation was related to us by who ?]
Ellis Parker now enlisted the aid of the newly elected

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