Steve, from all accounts I've seen, it appears that Fawcett was considering an insanity plea for Hauptmann. Huddleson's examination of Hauptmann with a battery of psychiatrists, then called alienists, seems to suggest that. I wonder if that had anything to do with the Dedman-Dekle opinion.
And given the weight of the evidence, how Hauptmann managed to keep silent and frustrate investigators is beyond me. At the same time, I think Schoenfeld and Condon were right when they stated the... more
The insanity defense is a "I did it, but..." defense which concedes guilt but attempts to deflect it by showing that the defendant did not have the requisite mental state to be guilty. The insanity... more